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‘Whoop their a–‘: OSU players confident ahead of Bedlam

‘Whoop their a–‘: OSU players confident ahead of Bedlam

Spencer Sanders already sees the future.

He said OSU is going to beat OU in Bedlam Saturday and fans are going to be angry about it.

“Well, I already know what’s going to happen,” Sanders said. “Obviously I’m going to say we’re going to win. I’ve got confidence in our team, but I can already feel it, if we win they’re going to bring up history stats and all that. But honestly, I just go to smile and say ‘we won.’”

He’s not the only OSU player oozing with confidence. The No. 7 Cowboys are 4.5 point favorites vs. their in-state rivals and many factors––like OSU’s dominant defense and OU’s inconsistent quarterback battle––point to an OSU advantage. If you think Sanders’ statement was candid, wide receiver Tay Martin offered an even bolder one.

“I would expect to whoop their a–, honestly,” Martin said. “I don’t go into a game thinking otherwise. So, as long as we just do what we have to do, you know, take care of the little things, not try to do too much, do what we did to get here, honestly, we’ll be fine.”

But is this confidence warranted? Sure, OSU’s 10-1 record, No. 7 ranking and No. 3 total defense in college football are impressive feats, but history still needs to be a factor––especially in Bedlam. 

The Sooners’ dominance in this series is historically lopsided. They hold a 90-18-7 record vs. the Cowboys, including a 14-2 record vs. Mike Gundy. As much as Sanders doesn’t want history brought up, it needs to be, particularly when discussing the Gundy era at OSU. 

There is a longstanding notion that Gundy is too “conservative” in his decision making vs. OU. The 17-year coach refuted this on Monday.

“No, we’ve been more open than we have been,” Gundy said. “Sometimes, we’ve been cautious if we don’t feel like we can execute certain things, if we feel like it’s gonna create negative plays.”

One thing Gundy won’t refute, however, is the seriousness of this year’s Bedlam. With College Football Playoff implications on the line and this likely being the final Bedlam in Stillwater before OU moves to the SEC, Gundy said this will be an “electric” matchup.

“Yes, it does because we’ve had a great year,” Gundy said. “Some people might downplay it and say no, but I don’t really believe that. I’m kind of speaking for the players.

“I think that the environment, the atmosphere, the electric feel, for lack of a better term, Saturday night will be a big-time feel.”

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