STILLWATER â€” Esau comes back to camp hungry. So hungry, he's willing to trade his birthright to little brother Jacob for a bowl of porridge.
If only college football birthrights were so easy come, easy go.
The most staid of games, the most class-entrenched sport, embraces its tradition. Which is both good and bad.
Good in that it's comforting to know that what was yesterday will be tomorrow. Good to know that something changes slowly in this warp-speed 21st century.
Bad in that you're stuck. Bad in that status is moved not just by performance, but by time.
Alabama. Oklahoma. Southern Cal. Ohio State. Texas. Penn State. The bluebloods don't change much in college football.
It's a tough club to crack. Just ask TCU and Boise State. It's a tough club from which to get ejected. Just ask Notre Dame and Michigan.
College football is European in culture. To whom you are born is paramount. What you did 20, 40, 60 years ago matters as much as what you did last week.
Which brings us to Bedlam 2010. The Sooners and Cowboys play Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium for the Big 12 South title. And it's OU's birthright to be in Arlington, Texas, next week.
That's what Sooners believe. Championships and BCS bowls and Bedlam victories are a way of life.
Not so in Stillwater, where such lofty heights are a luxury. A dreamscape.
That's why Bedlam 2010 is so important. If the Cowboys ever want to grab a piece of the birthright, ever want to walk into every season believing autumn glory is the norm, it has to start somewhere. It has to start here.
â€œOur goal is to win the conference,â€ Mike Gundy said. This game could put OSU in position to do just that.