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Slowly reaching the “let’s play the dang game already!” point of Bedlam week. Friday will be miserable. Let’s all be miserable together.

Non-Recruiting Wars

This on the lack of crootin wars in the State of Oklahoma is awesome.

“It’s just a unique dynamic in this state,” an Oklahoma recruiter said. “Kids seemed to be pretty tied to one school or another. You have a lot of guys that grow up either OU or OSU fans, and I think coaches at both schools do a good job of identifying those kids early on and not wasting a lot of time chasing after guys they’ll never get. It’s very different than what you see with Texas and Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Arizona and Arizona State or Florida and Florida State.” [ESPN]

The piece goes on to talk about the great Ryan Broyles battle (that could have ended with Dez, Broyles and Justin Blackmon catching passes from Brandon Weeden at one point). 

Baker vs. Rudolph

It’s more of a thing than OU fans would like to admit.

For the Sooners to be in their desired postseason position, in New Orleans as Big 12 Conference champions instead of San Antonio as Big 12 runner-up, Mayfield has to be pretty good against OSU on Saturday. He has to very good, actually, the best he has been all year. Because Riley is right — Rudolph has been equally impressive.

Mayfield is the more efficient quarterback and has thrown more touchdown passes. But Rudolph has accounted for more yardage while throwing half the number of interceptions. [Tulsa World]

Better future pro: Mason Rudolph. Better player right now: Probably Baker Mayfield. But Rudolph has a chance to show him up on Saturday which would set the stage for an insane rubber match in 2017.

Blake Jarwin, OU fan

I presume this is the story for most kids who grow up playing football in Oklahoma, not just the ones who live in Tuttle.

Blake Jarwin really had no choice in the matter. Growing up a few miles west of the University of Oklahoma, the youth league football player was like nearly every other person in Tuttle, Oklahoma. He grew up rooting for the OU Sooners, specifically Tuttle native Jason White. [Go Pokes]

I’m glad OU never answered his request to go there and play. OSU is a better offense because Air Jarwin is on the team.

Tyreek’s redemption

The Tyreek story takes an interesting (nice) turn.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said front-office executives spent time with coaches at Oklahoma State and West Alabama, Hill’s family members and friends, and even the Oklahoma prosecutor who handled his case. They came away convinced that he was on the right path.

“He came in here with the incident, obviously, and he’s handled himself in a good way,” Reid said. “There haven’t been any issues, which has been positive, and he’s had some things he’s had to do for the incident and he doesn’t miss anything. He does everything he’s supposed to do.”

Hill said that includes classes and therapy sessions, where he can get things “off his chest,” but he declined to discuss specifics. He also said he is supporting the victim and his child. [AP]

Who knows how this will play out, and again I’m not endorsing Tyreek the person/role model, but it at least seems like he’s trying to be better.

Rudolph’s Return

The improbability of Rudolph winning his second-ever start in Norman is staggering.

Looking back, the weight of expectations facing Rudolph after that Bedlam win seem impossible. Rudolph’s introduction to the rivalry was in its infancy. The South Carolina native was on Stillwater’s campus less than one year, and now, his legend already cemented in OSU history as just the second freshman quarterback to ever beat OU (Josh Fields, 2000) in only his second career start. How does an 18-year-old go up from there? [NewsOK]

That was back before Road Rudolph existed. I hope pre-Road Rudolph shows up Saturday, or Oklahoma State doesn’t have a prayer.

Indiana takes down UNC

Matt Norlander on the festivities.

Indiana clinched a second victory over an elite team. That’s the critical element. The Hoosiers now own the two best wins in America. No one’s really close, either. Indiana is the only team with victories against two top-10 teams. The first came on the opening night of the season, in Hawaii, with that OT dub against Kansas. [CBS]

What would Indiana do to us? Also, this spin-move 3-pointer by Jawun last night was a JOKE.

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