Gameday on ESPN will still be in Stillwater as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet as Top-25 teams for fifth time in the last six years. So really, not much has changed.
“It’s Bedlam for a Big 12 Championship, so that should say enough,” Oklahoma State receiver David Glidden said to reporters after the loss to Baylor.
The two teams will likely meet with the lowest combined ranking since 2011, when No. 3 Oklahoma State defeated No. 10 Oklahoma in the regular-season finale. The two teams will meet with just once loss each for the first time in the Bob-Stoops era.
Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) has won just two of the last 12 Bedlam matchups. Bouncing back from that will be one thing, although the Cowboys can lean on last year’s overtime victory.
Recovering from a loss to Baylor that ended the Cowboys’ dreams of an undefeated season and put their shot at the College Football Playoff in jeopardy could be a bit tougher.
“People won't understand because it didn't seem like it, but we were so close in this game,” Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh said Saturday. “A few big plays here and there on both sides of the ball might change that outcome. It's the little things. It starts in practice, and we need to have a good week of practice and that starts (Monday).”
Walsh has been a big part of the Cowboys’ success this season. He and fellow quarterback Mason Rudolph have made the two-quarterback system work. Oklahoma State ranks 17th in total offense, just under 500 yards per game.
None of that seems to matter in Bedlam, where the only thing that’s consistent is the inconsistency. This time around, there’s just a title and potentially a playoff berth to be won.
“As far as a Big 12 contender, there's nothing better you can ask for,” Walsh said. “Playing for the Big 12 title and having the chance to say you're the top dog in a Power Five conference is great. I think we've done a really good job this year of showing that we are a real contender. Next week we're going to be very fired up for the opportunity."