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OU football: Sooners trying to uphold dominant run in Bedlam series

OU football: Sooners trying to uphold dominant run in Bedlam series
OU football: Sooners trying to uphold dominant run in Bedlam series
Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown runs with the ball against Oklahoma State in Stillwater last season at Boone Pickens Stadium. OU has won 13 of the last 15 meetings against OSU. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s long run of victories over Oklahoma State isn’t an easy thing for Lincoln Riley to sum up, since he’s been OU’s head coach for exactly one Bedlam game and a coordinator for just two others.

Despite being part of all three victories against the Sooners’ in-state rival the past three seasons, Riley views the Cowboys as quite formidable.

He’s not sure why OU has OSU’s number.

“Kind of hard for me to [say],” Riley said. “They’ve been absolute battles. The first couple, we had a chance to separate a little bit in those games. But they’ve always been battles. They’ve been very intense. You can tell when you are playing those guys that you’re going against a very good team. I’ve always felt that in all three.”

Riley was diplomatic on the topic with OSU set to visit No. 6 OU on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ABC). But it’s difficult to ignore the Sooners’ dominance in the series, especially as the Cowboys

have climbed into national

relevance.

OU’s 87 victories against OSU are its most against any single opponent in school history. In the FBS, only Nebraska has more wins against another program (Kansas, 91).

With KU and Nebraska unlikely to schedule a series anytime soon, it seems likely OU will surpass that number soon, reinforcing the notion that Bedlam is college…

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