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Friday, November 27, 2009
Three keys for OU-OSU Bedlam battle

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

It will be a Bedlam Game unlike many over the years.

Oklahoma State can come close to nailing down a BCS at-large berth by beating Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman. The Sooners are merely playing for a better bowl berth.

Those scenarios have been the other way around for most of Bob Stoops’ coaching tenure. But at 9-2, OSU attempts to conclude its winningest Big 12 season. The 6-5 Sooners have already lost more regular-season games than any previous season with Stoops. They need a victory to defend their nation-best 29-game home winning streak.

Stoops is 65-2 at home, earning him the nickname “Home Game Bob” from Oklahoma pundits after his “Big Game Bob” mystique was punctured in recent years. His previous home losses came to Oklahoma State in 2001 and to TCU in the 2005 season opener.

Here’s a look at some of the keys that will help determine Saturday’s game.

For OSU:
For Oklahoma: