It has been a long year for the Oklahoma Sooners. The injury-plagued, 6-5 Sooners are now looking to not be a .500 team as they play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-2) on Saturday. This is a big game for the Cowboys; a win would give them a 10-win season and a possible BCS at-large bid if Texas were to win the Big 12 Championship and earn a national championship bid. The Cowboys have everything to lose.
But, it won't happen. Why? Well, there are a couple reasons why OSU won't beat OU in Bedlam on Saturday.
That's right, the Oklahoma Defense, the defense that gave up 41 points against Texas Tech last Saturday. But, before that game the defense only gave up 12 points per game. That is a stout defense, and they were bound to have one bad game with how long they have to stay out there due to the fact that OU's offense hasn't been producing much on the road. Also, the offense for Oklahoma State is hurting right now. Zac Robinson may come back, but he won't be 100% and arguably OSU's two best offensive players won't be playing this game, Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter. Hunter has been playing some, but once again, he probably won't be 100%. Oklahoma's defense is too stout and will stuff OSU's run game, making them throw which I just don't see them doing in a hostile environment like Norman.
2.This is a Bigger Game for the Sooners
Oklahoma's season hasn't been exactly great. They're 6-5 and just trying to stay out of the .500 column. That's tough for the Sooners and their fans. This team has probably one of the best defenses, but also has one of the worst offenses in the Stoops era. But, this game is huge for them. An Oklahoma State beat down might salvage what is a horrible season. Also, it's senior night and many great seniors that have helped OU to the last three Big 12 titles also want a big win over OSU. This is bigger for OU than it is for OSU. This is in front of the home crowd and OU doesn't usually disappoint in Norman. This is huge for the Sooners and they will come out pumped up and ready to go against the Cowboys.
3.The Game is in Norman
Last but not least, the Bedlam game this year, is in Norman, Oklahoma. There, under Bob Stoops, OU has only lost two games. Talk about home-field advantage. OU rarely loses at home and this year, whenever they played in Norman, the Sooners have beaten every team by an average margin of 40 points a game. This Oklahoma team is a different team in Norman than on the road. The proof is that OU's offense has scored an average of 49 points per game in Norman, while only scoring an average of 16 points on the road. Also, the crowd in Norman will be ready to rattle OSU. It will be a sellout and it will be loud. The only road games for OSU has been Texas A&M, Baylor, and Iowa State. I wouldn't exactly call those places hostile environments. OU is just a different team in Norman and will be ready to play when the Cowboys come to town.
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