Preview: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
CFP Staff with contributions from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State athletics
It would be a severe understatement to say this season has been a major disappointment for Oklahoma fans. The Sooners began the year as one of a handful of favorites to play in the BCS title game, but those aspirations went down the tubes early when Sam Bradford was injured in the first half of a season-opening loss to BYU.
The Heisman-winning QB sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder in that game, then aggravated the injury on the
second series of the Texas game. The only game he completed uninjured was against Baylor.
Backup QB Landry Jones has been hit-and-miss as his replacement. He threw 5 INT's in the loss at Nebraska, only to come back the next week and toss 5 TD passes in a home rout of Texas A&M. Overall, he has completed 58.4% of his passes for 2,556 yards with 23 TD's and 13 INT's.
Oklahoma was horrendous on the road where it lost 5 of its 6 games, but last week's 41-13 loss at Texas Tech was the low point. Now the Sooners will need to regroup to face a Cowboy team that is looking to secure its first win in this series since 2002 and its first win in Norman since 2001.
The Sooners have been their usual dominating selves at home, whipping all five opponents by a cumulative score of 249-47. Of course, that home slate was relatively week as it consisted of Idaho State, Tulsa, Baylor, Kansas State and Texas A&M.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, who is well aware of the disparity in his teams' performance at home versus on the road, said "Hopefully our fans will jump in and give us some assistance on Saturday."
Oklahoma has won 29 straight home games, the longest current streak in the nation, and a school record. Stoops' teams are 65-2 at home and the Sooners have won 49 of their last 50 on Owen Field.
Oklahoma State had one major issue looming this week, and that was whether or not Zac Robinson would be ready to play after missing last Thursday's game due to head and shoulder injuries. On Monday, head coach Mike Gundy said Robinson was nearly 100% and is expected to start on Saturday.
Oklahoma State's lofty preseason rankings took an early hit when Heisman Trophy candidate WR Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for essentially lying to their investigators about time he spent in the offseason working out at Deion Sanders' home. But the Cowboys persevered and enter this game with a 9-2 record and ranked 12th in the latest BCS Standings. They are on the list of at-large candidates for a BCS bowl bid.
The Cowboys have won six conference games for the first time ever, partly because the OSU defense is just one of eight in the country yet to allow a 100-yard rusher in 2009.
Oklahoma leads the Bedlam Rivalry series with OSU by a 80-16-7 count and is 37-8-2 at home. The series dates back to 1904, three years before Oklahoma became a state. There has been no interruption in the series since 1910.
Saturday’s game marks just the third time in 104 meetings that Oklahoma State enters the game in the Top 25 against an unranked Oklahoma team. 1997 was the last time it happened, and you have to go back to 1945 to find the only other instance.