A Conversation With Vance Bedford - Week 12

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is fired up. Bedford is no stranger to rivalry games having spent his college career at Texas playing in the Red River Rivalry with OU. He has also coached at Michigan where he was involved with the game against Ohio State. In the NFL he was part of the league's most storied rivalry between the Bears and the Green Bay Packers.

Bedford said practices have gone well this week and all the talk in the media is something the fans may enjoy and/or need, but coaches and players don't need the extra hype.

"You shouldn't need any bulletin board material to get ready for this game," said Bedford. "Our players don't and I wouldn't think their players would either. This is a game you wait all year to play in. I can't wait, and I know our players have worked hard and have been flying around in practice, so I don't think they can wait to play either."

Bedford said if he wasn't coaching in this edition of Bedlam that he would buy a ticket, although he didn't say how much he would pay for one. But as he was talking it seemed like he would pay quite a bit.

"I think it is a good matchup," Bedford said of just the OSU defense facing the OU offense. "They are going to come in and try to run the ball on us. We're going to load up to stop the run and say, 'You want to beat us then you'll have to throw the football over our heads. You deserve to win if you can make those plays.' I'm excited about it. I think it is going to be a great chess match with our offense versus their defense. I wish I could sit in the stands and watch this ball game. I think it is going to be a great game."

Asked if the matchup between his Cowboy defense and Oklahoma reminded him of any previous game. He had one in mind, but the Sooners are even better than the challenge of the other shade of red.

"They are a lot like Nebraska, but are a lot more explosive," Bedford said in comparing them to a previous Cowboy opponent. "They have more big play guys -- guys that can take one 80 yards. I didn't think Nebraska had that kind of talent. Malcolm Kelly at the wide receiver, you look at the running backs, the offensive line, I think they are pretty much that way and they can get into the end zone from anywhere on the football field."

The key will be getting third-and-long situations and making the plays when you have those opportunities.

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