How amazing would it be if Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are unbeaten when they play?
After great starts to the season, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State might be on a collision course for something special.
Week 3 Five Thoughts: 4) Oklahoma vs. OSU. Dreaming Of Unbeaten Bedlam
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Stay with me until the end for the punchline.
Okay, O-K, how do we get there?
How do we get Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to hook up on November 4th with both teams unbeaten?
No one has been more impressive so far over the first three games than these two, with the Sooners cranking up the biggest win of the season – 31-16 at Ohio State – while the Cowboys have been obliterating everything in their path.
Pitt was supposed to show up and home and give Oklahoma State problems? A 35-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game ended that in a hurry.
Oklahoma had to be sluggish and let down after beating the Buckeyes, right? Forgive the team for sleeping for about a quarter against Tulane in a 14-14 game – it outscored the Green Wave 42-0 over the final three.
The Sooners and Cowboys are playing like they have something to prove, as if they seem to understand just how important it is to always be flashier, better, and more impressive then the other. And now, if they can somehow keep up this pace until early November, they might be building to something truly special.
Oklahoma has free space games against Baylor and Iowa State before the Texas showdown, and Kansas State on the road is a landmine, but the team won in Columbus by 15. It can handle this.
Oklahoma State is the bigger question mark. Winning a shootout over Tulsa wasn’t bad, and going to South Alabama wasn’t without its charm, but the team needs to prove it can keep doing this against a real, live defense.
That will happen this week against TCU.
If the Horned Frogs pull it off, then cheerfully ignore everything you just read and switch it all over to Gary Patterson’s club and the battle with the Sooners on 11/11.
But if OSU wins at home, it has three road games in four dealing with Texas Tech, Texas and West Virginia away from Stillwater, and Baylor at home. But for a team that’s now thinking about the College Football Playoff, the rough stretch is a plus in terms of resume. Stay unbeaten, and the hype will be off the charts for the Bedlam game.
Can the two teams be 8-0? Can Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph continue their torrid paces and be playing for the Heisman? Will Oklahoma be the center of the college football universe?
Absolutely on all of that, but it could also end up being a massive disappointment after the regular season is over.
It’s very possible the two will meet up again in the new and unnecessary Big 12 Championship.
TCU, West Virginia, and even Texas and Kansas State will have plenty to say in the matter, but now that Oklahoma State pounded away in its big non-conference road game, and with Oklahoma’s win over Ohio State, and with TCU’s blowout over Arkansas, an 11-1 Big 12 regular season champ would be right there on the doorstep for the College Football Playoff no matter what.
What can screw that up? If Oklahoma loses in Stillwater on November 4th, and gets revenge in the rematch. Or, if there’s a nightmare of a three-way tie with OU losing at OSU, OSU losing to TCU, and TCU losing to OU – and then no one can quite figure it all out after the title game.
But first, let’s just get there. After being a punching bag for a while, enjoy this, Big 12.
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