STILLWATER â€” Told that college football pundits and prognosticators believe this Bedlam game will be a high-scoring affair, Markelle Martin furrowed his brow.
â€œI'm a little offended by that,â€ the Oklahoma State safety said wryly. â€œI think I should be offended.â€
Then, he smiled and laughed.
He knows the score, knows that both teams have high-powered offenses, knows that points are going to be scored in Saturday's game.
Martin and Co. will try to slow the Sooners.
Travis Lewis, Jeremy Beal and the rest of the crew in Norman will try to corral the Cowboys.
But let's be honest â€” these offenses are going to score on these defenses. The offenses are too good, the defenses too average. Aliens are more likely to land on the 50-yard line at Boone Pickens Stadium than for one of these teams to score a shutout Saturday.
Now make no mistake, this edition of Bedlam promises to be one of the best ever. A divisional crown is on the line. A trip to the Big 12 title game is at stake.
But it's going to be a shootout, too.
The Cowboy offense has garnered lots of attention under first-year offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. Rightfully so. OSU leads the nation in total offense, rolling up 552.0 yards per game.
Not even Oregon is averaging that many yards, and the Mighty Ducks been dubbed â€œScoregon.â€
The reason for the Cowboys' success is no secret.
â€œThe biggest thing is they execute well and they have a lot of good playmakers,â€ Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. â€œPut the two of them together, and you have a high-powered offense.â€
But while the Cowboys have been lauded for their offense, the Sooner offense hasn't been too shabby either. OU averages 470.0 yards and 36.6 points a game, both marks that rank in the top 20 nationally.
â€œJust being able to slow them down would be great,â€ said Martin, the OSU safety.
The truth is, neither defense is going to be able to stop these offenses. Slowing them down is going be a struggle.
These defenses aren't as bad as the offenses are good, but they definitely challenge the defense-wins-championships notion.
OSU gives up 396.1 yards a game, which is only slightly better than Colorado, Northwestern and Iowa State.
OU has been better than OSU but not by much, surrendering 369.0 yards a game.
What's more, the Sooners and the Cowboys are both allowing more than 20 points a game.
The truth is, both of these defenses are going to be facing their toughest tests this season on Saturday. No offense that they've faced to this point has been better than the one they're going to see on the other side of Bedlam.
Both quarterbacks are ranked in the top three nationally in passing yards. Brandon Weeden is second with 3,780 while Landry Jones third with 3,479.
Both standout receivers are ranked in the top three, too. Justin Blackmon is first with 1,560 yards receiving, Ryan Broyles third with 1,309.
Cowboy running back Kendall Hunter is fifth nationally with 1,371 yards rushing. Sooner running back DeMarco Murray is just shy of 1,000 yards rushing, but he's only ranked 37th in the country.
Still, who among us couldn't see Murray being the eventual star of this game? That's just more evidence of the staggering amount of offensive firepower that will be on the field Saturday.
It'll make a highly anticipated game all the more exciting, a great atmosphere all the more hyped. No offense to the defenses, but a name-your-score game will make this edition of Bedlam all the more fun.
PRELUDE TO A SHOOTOUT
This edition of Bedlam promises to be a high-scoring affair. The offenses are great. The defenses? Not so much. Here's a look at some of the national rankings:
1. Oklahoma State, 552.0
13. Oklahoma, 470.0
3. Oklahoma State, 45.3
16. Oklahoma, 36.6
62. Oklahoma, 369.0
78. Oklahoma State, 396.1
29. Oklahoma, 20.4
64. Oklahoma State, 26.0
2. Brandon Weeden, OSU, 3,780
3. Landry Jones, OU, 3,479
1. Justin Blackmon, OSU, 1,560
3. Ryan Broyles, OU, 1,309
5. Kendall Hunter, OSU, 1,371
37. DeMarco Murray, OU, 973
Bedlam football 2010 is expected to be high-scoring. Only five times in Bedlam history have both teams scored at least 28 points. All five games have been in Stillwater:
2008: OU 61-41 at Stillwater
2004: OU 38-35 at Stillwater
1977: OU 61-28 at Stillwater
2002: OSU 38-28 at Stillwater
1988: OU 31-28 at Stillwater