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Oklahoma has been making a habit of entering games as an underdog lately, and Saturday's Bedlam game is no different. According to Vegas Insider, Oklahoma State is a 9.5-point favorite at home over the Sooners.
But you know the rivalry cliché: Throw out the record books (even though Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has an exemplary record in the Bedlam game).
The key to Oklahoma pulling the upset and preventing the Cowboys from going back to the BCS begins with quarterback Trevor Knight—if he starts. Stoops hasn't announced who will start, Knight or Blake Bell, but given that Bell is recovering from a concussion coupled with Knight's performance against Kansas State, it would appear as if Knight has the edge.
As Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World notes, Oklahoma quarterbacks making their Bedlam debut have gone 6-1 under Stoops. Oklahoma State's defense has been outstanding under first-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, but Knight brings a mobility that could challenge the Pokes defense.
Oklahoma State stuffed Baylor's running attack a couple of weeks ago, but the absence of Bears running back Lache Seastrunk and his change of direction was glaring. Similarly, Knight is an open-field threat.
If the Sooners can have success in the running game—Oklahoma State is 21st in the country in run defense, allowing 130 yards per game—that should open up the pass, and Knight threw some darts against K-State.
On defense, Oklahoma needs linebacker Eric Striker to do basically what he's done all season: be a heat-seeking missile with coordinates "Clint, Chelf." Chelf has been on fire over the past month, so getting him out of his comfort zone is going to be paramount.