Bedlam Role Reversal

NORMAN, Okla. -- In the Stoops era the Sooners have been a mainstay in the BCS, but this year it is the Cowboys who enter the Bedlam game looking to advance to a major bowl with a win over OU.

It seems like things are backwards.

The 9-2 Oklahoma State Cowboys sit at No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the other three, the BCS, Harris Interactive and Coaches polls.

The Cowboys are fighting for a BCS bowl.

OU, on the other hand, is 6-5, unranked in all the polls, and just trying to improve its bowl status.

Shoot, at this point, the Alamo Bowl would be an accomplishment as the Sooners are only one game over .500 with one to play.

So, even as a seven point favorite over the Cowboys, it seems like this is a perfect situation for the Sooners to play spoiler.

But that's not the attitude OU has going into the 2009 edition of Bedlam.

"I mean, right now, we're not worried about OSU and anything like that," said OU redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones. "We're just trying to better our situation. We're trying to win one more game [before the bowl season]. We want to win one more game and finish off the year on the right note."

OU senior right guard Brian Simmons seconded those comments.

"I'm going to be honest with you, I've heard a lot of people on campus, students talking about this game, [but] for me personally, it's really not about OSU," Simmons said. "It's about us, you know. If they were 0-11, we still would be eager to play them. They've had a very successful season, and I'm not going to say I want to be the spoiler. I just want to win the game."

Still, it's different to possibly play the role of spoiler against a rival than it is against a team such as Missouri or Kansas that's not a rival, right?

It's not according to the team.

"I think, to me, it's the same game," said sophomore wide receiver Dejuan Miller. "It's the same game regardless of if you're playing for a BCS bowl game or not. Like I said, Oklahoma State's a great team. They're going to come in here wanting to get that BCS bid. We just got to come out and respond from the loss last week."

Jones agreed and said it's all about getting back on the right track. "No, [it's not any different]," Jones said. "We're just focusing on this one. We're focusing on Oklahoma and what this game's about. This game is about us winning another game."

So, while the Sooners definitely have a chance to spoil the Cowboys' hopes of a BCS bowl, they don't see the game that way, and they certainly bring the same outlook about beating a Cowboys team that has the same BCS aspirations as other teams.

"Right now we're just focusing on Oklahoma and not trying to spoil their season or anything like that," Jones said. "We're just trying to go out there and win another game."

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