STILLWATER, Okla. (Sporting Alert) – No. 6battle with fierce city rivals and the No. 17 ranked Oklahoma at the Boone Pickens Stadium in the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series on Saturday.
The game will be televised nationally on ABC. Live GameCast Stream
“Every game we play now is a big game if we want to get to the next one,” OSU Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said ahead of Bedlam.
The Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), who hammered the then-No. 4 Baylor 49-17 on Nov. 23, have had an extra week to prepare for this contest and they come ready to avenged the 51-48 overtime defeat in Norman, last season.
A victory for Gundy men would see them clinching their second Big 12 championship title in the last three years and the players are determined deliver a big performance as they eye a BCS Bowl berth.
“It’s the last game, against OU. It’s the last time to play in Boone Pickens Stadium for the rest of my life,” fullback Kye Staley said.
“I want to go out with the W. It’s for a lot of big things. It’s for a Big 12 Championship and a berth in a BCS Bowl.
“We’re just going out with a lot of intensity, a lot of focus. We’re getting ready to game plan and getting ready for OU.”
Cowboys offensive lineman Brandon Webb added: “We’ve put ourselves in this position, and this is pretty much where we wanted to be at the end of the year.
“Obviously, we didn’t want to lose that game [against West Virginia], but from then on this is what we’ve planned on doing.”
Meanwhile, despite the superior difference in the rankings this season and OSU’s rise in program stature, Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) still have a massive 82-18-7 advantage in the Bedlam Series and have won in nine of the last 10 years.
Oklahoma also comes into the game last playing on Nov. 23 against Kansas State and head coach Bob Stoops said a bye week was much needed.
“We need one about as much as anybody,” Stoops prior to the clash in Stillwater. “Hopefully we can rest some guys up this week and get them back for the following week.
“I don’t know the status of really anyone today just yet, so we’ll see as we go through the week.”
However, Gundy was a little disappointed to see his team’s momentum of winning seven straight halted by a break.
He said: “I’m not a big fan of these open dates. Of course it doesn’t really factor in because of television and money, but I would have an open date after the third or fourth game of the year just to let everybody kind of catch their breath after the August practices and the September run but after that I wouldn’t have any more open dates.
“That’s just my opinion. We work with it. It’s the hand we’ve been dealt.”