White: It's going to be a great challenge

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White talks about Saturday's Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma State. White, who is 1-0 as a starter against the Cowboys, threw two touchdown passes and for 197 yards in the the Sooners' 52-9 win over OSU last year in Norman. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Below are excerpts from Jason White's weekly press conference Tuesday in Norman.

On how OU and OSU programs have evolved during his six years in Norman
"The biggest thing, I think, is that both teams have turned around their programs. It started off both teams were kind of down at the time, but both teams have turned into a Big 12 powerhouse."

On how much he talks with the OSU players and fans during the off-season
"You run into both. I think the biggest thing, as far as bragging rights, is for the fans. For both teams, the goal is a Big 12 Championship and winning the Big 12 South.

On what's the worst trash talk he's heard during a Bedlam game
"I don't know. I'm sure I couldn't say it (laughs). Last year there wasn't much. I think both teams respect each other and realize both teams are going to play hard."

On the Bedlam rivalry getting bigger and bigger every year
"Each year this game means something to our program, as far as reaching our goals and winning the Big 12 South. Each year it's a big game for us. It's another step towards our goals, and that's how we look at it. You don't look at it as a big rivalry game, you look at it as a huge step towards a goal."

On if it's a bigger game in recent years since OSU has won two of the last three meetings
"I think we've learned from our mistakes in the past, as far as a team. You don't beat somebody because you're mad at them, you've got to prepare better and play better. The two year's we lost we didn't play very well, we flat-out got beat. So, we learned from that."

On why Oklahoma's had a tough time in Stillwater the last two trips there
"Any time you go play a road game it's always to their advantage. It's just a matter of how well you prepare and how well you play there. The biggest challenge for us is going out there and playing to the best of our abilities, and starting off playing for four quarters instead of just playing for two."

On OSU's crowd being a factor in the game
"I'm sure it is to a certain extent, but it's nothing you can't overcome. We're going to get everybody's best shot regardless of who we play. You're going to get it every year. You're just going to get everybody's best shot."

On if playing in Stillwater is a different road game than other trips
"It's just like anywhere else. The difference is, as coach said, is we drive up there. We drive to the Cotton Bowl, so it's no different. You do the same things do in the other game."

On if he'd ever vacation in Stillwater
"I don't want to answer that (laughs)."

On if they expect Oklahoma State to try and shut down the running game or passing game first
"I expect a little of both. I really can't just say they're going to stop the run first or they're going to stop the pass first. The coaches always have a great gameplan for us, and whatever they do we've got a gameplan for it. So, you've just got to execute your gameplan."

On what he sees is the strength of the OSU defense
"I think it's the secondary. They've got a lot of guys returning, a lot of guys that have a lot of experience. They all look good to me. They cover well, they're good at disguising their coverages and blitzes. It's a great challenge for us. They have a great defense. They have a lot of guys that played a lot last year and have experience. Like I said, it's going to be a great challenge for our offense."

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