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July 21, 2013It seems like it's taking years for the college football season to roll around, but that won't stop us from previewing the 2012-13 season for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Every season has its own story, whether it's the game that somewhat derailed a season like the early matchup at Arizona last year to the Iowa State blemish on an otherwise perfect season in 2011 (Sorry for bring it up).
With that, we here at OSI are counting down the top 5 games of 2013, and why they're big games before OSU begins to climb the mountain that is their season.
No. 5: vs. Baylor, Nov. 23, Stillwater, OK
No. 4: vs. Mississippi State, Aug 31, Houston, TX
No. 3: vs. TCU, Oct. 19, Stillwater, OK
No. 2: @ Texas, Nov. 16, Austin, TX
No. 1: vs. Oklahoma, Dec. 7, Stillwater, OK
It was 4th and 1, the Sooners just four yards away from the game-tying touchdown and extra point attempt with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
OU backup quarterback Blake Bell hurdled a weak tackle attempt by OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey and stumbled into the endzone with 4 seconds left, and overtime was on hand.
A while later in overtime, the Sooners faced a 2nd and 3 on the 18 yard line when Brennan Clay trucked both OSU safeties Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary to punch it in for the Bedlam-winning score.
It's likely still in the minds of the Cowboys, as it all but erased hopes of another Big 12 title, or at least a share of it in 2012.
In 2013, Bedlam takes its rightful place back as the last game of the season for either team. The Sooners lost one of the best quarterbacks they've ever had in Landry Jones, but are heavily leaning on Bell to fill his shoes. They also lost one of the best receivers in Kenny Stills, as well as top safety Tony Jefferson and tackle Lane Johnson, all to the NFL.
On paper, the Cowboys look like the favorite in the game. They return all their key positions this year, and only have voids to fill on their offensive line and here and there on defense.
They'll have all year to build up this game, and it will likely be talked about throughout the season, as the Bedlam matchup usually has some form of the Big 12 title on the line.
The Sooners visit Stillwater for the third time in four years due to scheduling changes after conference realignment, and are 2-1 against the Pokes during that stretch with their two wins coming down to the last few plays.
You can hype the game any which way you'd like, but the fact of the matter is it's simply Bedlam.
Vegas might set a favorite, and the guys on College Gameday may think their picks are right, but at the end of the day you never know what's going to happen in this game.
After all, look at the matchup in 2011. Mike Gundy and his Cowboys are hoping for a repeat of that when this game rolls around.
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