OSU Football Notebook: Bedlam Week

Mike Gundy is the only coach of a team in the current BCS top five that does not have a vote in this year's USA Today Coaches Poll, where the Pokes currently sit at No. 5. Asked if he laments the opportunity to vote his own team high for a better chance at playing in the national title game, he went a direction not many in the room expected.

"If somebody sat me down and said I had to make a decision, with where we're at right now, Alabama lost to what would be the No. 1 team in the country (LSU), and Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State," Gundy said. "In our situation, if I was doing it fair, I don't know how I could put us in front of (Alabama) right now."

OSU ranks fifth in both human polls (Coaches and Harris), which is the main reason for the sizeable gap between the Cowboys and Alabama in the BCS poll.

It is widely believed that the Cowboys would have to beat OU convincingly to see a big enough rise in the polls to give Alabama a serious run to see who earns a trip to New Orleans for the National Championship game.

Blackmon to be honored with seniors

Mike Gundy announced at his Monday press conference that junior receiver Justin Blackmon will join OSU's 16 seniors on the field with his family before Bedlam.

Reason being is Gundy's belief that the defending Biletnikoff winner and current finalist for the award will enter the NFL Draft following the season.

"When we have a player that's in his situation, we felt like it was the right thing to do," Gundy said. "I hope he comes back, and we'll save a scholarship for him. But chances are, he's going to move on and play professional football, and I would hate for him to leave here without being able to walk across that field with his family one last time."

Turnovers will be key

There were a lot of factors that led to Oklahoma State becoming the nation's No. 1 team in turnover margin for most of the season. One of those was an opportunistic defense, another was a headsy special teams and lastly was an offense that didn't turn the ball over. OSU has since slipped to No. 2 in turnover margin but that isn't the defense's fault.

The defense is still forcing turnovers just fine but the offense has been giving the ball away at an alarming rate. The Cowboys turned the ball over only nine times through their first eight games, which is inflated by a three-turnover outing in a blowout victory against Louisiana-Lafayette. In the month of October, which included victories against Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Baylor, OSU turned the ball over on only three occasions.

November wasn't as kind to the Cowboys. OSU coughed up the ball 11 times in three games (4 vs. Kansas State, 2 vs. Texas Tech, 5 vs. Iowa State). The total from KSU and ISU match the combined miscues from the first eight games. That's not good against an OU team that will put pressure on OSU. The Sooners rank No. 3 nationally in sacks, No. 5 in tackles for loss and have picked off 13 passes this season.

As obvious at might seem, cutting down on the recent spike in turnovers will be imperative Saturday night.

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