When the night settles in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday, the convergence of crimson and orange will cascade the stands in T. Boone Pickens Stadium in a way that is only truly familiar to the fans that reside in the Sooner state.
You might know about it, its called "Bedlam", and its the most important thing to ever happen to the state of Oklahoma.
So the fact that the Big 12 championship hinges on the winner of this game is the cherry on top of a phenomenal sundae. Everyone knows that two of the best quarterbacks in America (Landry Jones and Brandon Weeden) will be playing in this game, we thought that we'd have the two best receivers playing (Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles, who tore his ACL versus Texas A&M) in this game, and we know that both defenses will be spotty at times and show flashes of brilliance at times.
Such is life one of best rivalries of college football.
Two points to make about this game.
One, let it be known that as head coach a Mike Gundy led Cowboys team has never beaten the Sooners (0-6) as Bob Stoops has seemed to have Gundy's number every single time. If there was ever a year for Oklahoma State to be victorious then this is the year. A depleted defense and a playmaker gone for OU, Oklahoma State comes in healthy and ready to redeem themselves after a egregious loss versus Iowa State two weeks ago.
Two, let it be known that Bob Stoops came into this season saying that this was "our time" for the Sooners to win a national championship. Once OU dropped the ball versus Texas Tech, the light dimmed on those hopes. As the season progressed and the national championship light began to flicker again, Robert Griffin III decided to put that light out permanently. This is the saving grace for this Sooners team, loaded with seniors and a ton of talent.
Technically, if Oklahoma defeats Oklahoma State on Saturday it would cause minor chaos for the Big 12. OU and OSU would be tied at 7-2 and if Kansas State defeats Iowa State then it would cause a three-way tie in the Big 12. Due to BCS positioning, it would seem that voters would leapfrog OU over OSU with a win and send them to a BCS Bowl game. Of course, Oklahoma State can put all of it to bed with a victory and get their first ever birth to a BCS Bowl game.
Can the Sooners impose their will one more time, or will the Cowboys finally get out of their own way and achieve their (T. Boone's) destiny? One thing is for sure, it'll be Bedlam all the way.
For more insights and analysis on the Oklahoma Sooners, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Crimson and Cream Machine. For more insights and analysis on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cowboys Ride for Free.