Can one game alter perception after a century of one-sided dominance?
What happens when the 14th-ranked Sooners (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) face the 22nd-ranked Cowboys (7-3, 5-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Owen Field will be telling.
One thing is for sure, it wasn’t close the last time these teams met.
“They flat out beat us in every aspect,” said OU quarterback Landry Jones, who experienced one of the worst games of his career last year in Stillwater. “Usually we feel like we had some success in some part of the game, but last year they flat out beat us. It was tough being blown out like that on the road. Hopefully, this year we will turn it around and play a better game.”
If the Sooners don’t, it’s hard to argue that Bedlam has shifted from a lopsided in-state rivalry to an annual battle for Big 12 supremacy.
OSU believes what happened last season was a seismic event and the landscape has forever changed.
“I think it just kind of proves that OSU isn’t the little brother anymore,” OSU linebacker Cooper Bassett said. “We are a team that is nationally ranked every year, we’re a team that gets great recruits every year, we are the defending Big 12 champion. So it’s not the same little brother-big brother effect anymore. I think that the gap is being closed immensely.”
There were no laughs, snorts or scoffs when the Sooners were presented with the question Monday.
“They have a lot of momentum coming into the game on Saturday,” King said. “We have to do a good job of matching their best punch with ours.”