Bedlam in Oklahoma: Scouting the Oklahoma State Cowboys
There are plenty of great names of college football rivalry games throughout the country. You've got "the Backyard Brawl," "the Iron Bowl" and, simply, "the Game".
However, none of these have anything on the name given to the annual battle in the state of Oklahoma between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
In a state where there are only two major state universities, there is really no other word to describe this rivalry. For the week leading up to the game, houses are divided, friend turns against friend, community against community.
Bedlam is a big game every year because it's a rivalry game, but the 2010 edition will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the history of the rivalry.
Not only is pride on the line in 2010, but the Big 12 South championship is also on the line and, with that, a trip to Arlington for the Big 12 championship game, which could potentially lead to a trip to Glendale, home of the Fiesta Bowl.
The Oklahoma Sooners will be looking for their eighth trip to the Big 12 championship game and their seventh Big 12 title. Also on the line is a seven-year winning streak against the Cowboys.
Overall, Oklahoma owns this series. The record stands at 81-16-7 in favor of the Sooners. It is the most one-sided rivalry in college football. To show how dominant the Sooners have been throughout history, consider this.
The Sooners have shut out the Cowboys more than the Cowboys have won.
Pretty amazing stuff, but you can throw history out the window this year.
These Cowboys are good. Really good.
Offensively, the Cowboys are loaded with firepower. The Cowboys rank No. 1 in total offense, No. 2 in passing offense and No. 3 in scoring offense in the country.
The offense is run by junior quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has put up some record-breaking numbers for new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen this year. So far, Weeden has thrown for 3,780 yards and 30 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
His favorite target has been the sensational sophomore Justin Blackmon. Blackmon has made Cowboy fans forget all about the loss of Dez Bryant from last season. He's been incredible this year, catching 94 passes for 1,560 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Blackmon has been the main receiver, but Josh Cooper (51 catches), Bo Bowling (35 catches) and Joseph Randle (33 catches) have all proved to be quite adequate in the supporting roles.
The Cowboys are far from a pass-only offense. They boast one of the best running backs in the country, in senior Kendall Hunter. Hunter has rebounded from an injury-plagued junior season to rush for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Cowboys have been far from spectacular, but because the offense has been so explosive, they haven't had to be. Oklahoma State ranks 78th in total defense and 64th in scoring defense.
The unit is led by senior linebacker Orie Lemon. Lemon has racked up 107 tackles on the year and also has nine tackles for loss.
Defensive end Jamie Blatnick leads the Cowboys on the defensive line. Blatnick has accumulated five sacks on the year to go along with five tackles for a loss.
Senior cornerback Andrew McGee is the best player in an otherwise terrible Cowboy secondary. The Cowboys rank 108th in pass defense, but McGee is quite the dangerous character, having five interceptions on the year.
This game will be determined by how the defenses on both teams play. Both offenses are more than likely going to put up points and gather a lot of yards. However, if either defense is able to make a couple of stops, there will be a great chance for that team to win.
Stillwater will be rocking, no matter how many empty seats there are. As of this afternoon, there were about 10,000 unsold because of the ridiculous Oklahoma State ticket policy.
Bedlam will reign in Oklahoma on Saturday night.
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