Setting the stage: OSU at No. 20 OU

Bedlam is here as OU searches for its third consecutive win in the yearly battle.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to set the stage every week breaking down Oklahoma’s game during the 2014 season.

Oklahoma State (5-6, 3-5) at No. 20 OU (8-3, 5-3)

When: 2:30 p.m. CST

OU’s biggest question going into the game

What will OU’s offense look like? The natural assumption is you just ride with Samaje Perine and let him do his thing. Who cares about style points, just getting another Bedlam victory should be enough.

But it’s obvious in talking with Josh Heupel how much he really believes in Cody Thomas so don’t be surprised if there are a few head-shaking pass calls when fans would much rather see a running play.

The question will be whether or not Sterling Shepard is back to make the passing game a threat once again. The weather won’t be a factor so Thomas will be out of excuses for this one. It’s put up or shut up time for the redshirt freshman.

No, he doesn’t need to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, but he has to look good enough that we’re still not talking about how good he looks in practice as the reason why he’s the quarterback now.

Oklahoma State’s biggest question going into the game

Is this the game Tyreek Hill goes off on the Sooners? A lot of talk, and rightfully so, has been about the quarterback spot for the Cowboys. Is it Daxx Garman? Is it Mason Rudolph?

When you look at the OSU offense, though, the name that pops out is Tyreek Hill. He burst onto the scene the first few weeks but hasn’t had that game-changing impact here lately.

Don’t get it wrong, however, because Hill still has that type one-play touchdown capability and OU’s defense too many times has been known for giving up a huge play exactly when it doesn’t need it to happen.

Quotable

“I don’t look at anything in terms of track records. All I look at is from game to game. We’ve been fortunate to have won a bunch of them. To me those are all gone. All I care about is one and that is this week. That is how I look at it every year. Nothing else matters, it is just winning this game. What has been, has been. I don’t concern myself much with it except us getting ready to play here this week and being at our best this week.” - OU coach Bob Stoops on Bedlam history

Breakout player

Looking at Devante Bond for this one. He did a great job in his first start two weeks ago, but with a guy like Tyreek Hill out and about, it’s going to be up to guys like Bond to make sure four-yard gains don’t turn into 50-yard touchdowns. Bond is known for his speed off the edge. In this one, he’s going to have to show discipline.

Prediction

OU 37, OSU 24. This is the game where Cody Thomas starts to look like a four-star quarterback he was coming out of high school. Knowing he has a great running game in his back pocket, Thomas relaxes and throws a couple of touchdowns as OU wins its third consecutive Bedlam battle.


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