It’s almost here. One of the most important games of the season. It’s loud. It’s crazy. It’s BEDLAM.
To help avoid a possible back-to-back Bedlam matchup (first for the regular season and then for the Big 12 Championship), Big 12 officials moved the game up to the first weekend of November.
College GameDay is on campus and ready to broadcast the nation’s favorite college football pregame show on what is forecasted to be an absolutely gorgeous Oklahoma Saturday in November.
Last week, Micah jumped out ahead of the rest of the crew to take the lead. Here’s the full standings.
Standings after Week 9:
1 - Micah: 11
T2 - Dustin: 9
T2 - “Pete”: 9
4 - Joel: 8
5 - Cade: 6
*Note: “Pete” was unable to make picks this week. Too busy trying to figure out how to plug his ears so he doesn’t have to listen to the Gooner band or something.
Let’s get to the picks!
Offense: James Washington
He’s had a crazy good year so far, and I don’t think Bedlam changes that. I think he goes out and has himself a day. He’ll have a couple great runs and amazing catches. One of these days Tyler is going to pick him gosh darn it.
Defense: Ramon Richards
I’m on the Ramon Richards hype train and I’m not just gonna hop when he has interceptions two games in a row. He’s playing out of his mind right now. I expect him to do big things in his last Bedlam game. DO IT FOR THE CEREAL RAMON!
Offense: Mark Andrews
The tight end has done some big things for the Sooners this year. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He can get himself out of jams to get open when sometimes you didn’t even know he was part of the play. I think he’ll be big for that team down south this week. But not too good. I want the points, but the Pokes need that W.
Defense: Emmanuel Beal
Beal leads the team in tackles with 57. He also has four tackles for loss totaling nine yards and half a sack. Beal has been a key part of the Sooner defense. Also I like defensive players named Emmanuel.
Offense: Marcell Ateman
OU’s secondary is not that great, but I feel like they will try to double or bracket James Washington. This could leave Ateman in a lot of one-on-one coverage, and will make for easy catches for him. He’s Rudolph go-to-guy on a 3rd down and medium, and that is where he’ll make his mark in this game.
Defense: Calvin Bundage
He is an absolute wrecking ball of a linebacker. He’s made his presence felt throughout this season, and plays with a swagger that is perfect for a rivalry game like this. He has the speed and agility to make plays on Baker Mayfield when he gets outside of the pocket. I expect a big game from him on Saturday.
Offense: Baker Mayfield
I hate picking him....but I need points. I can’t stand the guy, but he’s a heck of a quarterback. He’s great out outside the pocket and will make schoolyard type plays in this one. Even with an improved defense, the Cowboys still struggle against mobile quarterbacks.
Defense: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Over a quarter of Okoronkwo’s tackles this season are for loss, so he is great at diagnosing a play and putting his helmet on the ball. He is really good at getting after the quarterback as well. Of his 12 tackles for loss, 6 are sacks. The Cowboy offensive line will need to make sure they know where #31 is at all times.
Offense: Mason Rudolph
He didn’t have a great game last year in Bedlam, but I think this year he shreds this Oklahoma secondary apart. They’ve given up a lot of big plays all over the field this season and I look for Mason to expose them. If MY gives him the chance, I think QB1 can lead this team to a Bedlam victory.
Defense: Cole Walterscheid
I know it’s been easy to forget that Walterscheid is even on the field at times this season, but he looked awesome in Morgantown. I’m picking him soley based on this play alone:
Offense: Dimitri Flowers
Baker is going to win this, but since I got my pick in late, I’m just going to go with a guy I like to watch... Dimitri Flowers. OU will line him up out wide, as a tight end, as the H-back and in the backfield. The versatile, 6’2, 245lb jack of all trades is a touchdown machine. Combined rushing and receiving he’s found the end zone 7 times this season. Teams have forgotten about this guy at times this season, and he has made them pay. Hopefully the Cowboys keep an eye on him on Saturday, so we don’t see any of this...
Defense: D.J. Ward
Ward thrives in the 4-3 scheme. When OU switched to it in the Tech game, you could see Ward truly become a factor. Even though we’ve seen teams like TCU and UT beat the Cowboys with a 3-man front, I think OU will line up with the 4-man set a majority of the game. Ward has been a force containing the edge and he will do his best to make Mason Rudolph uncomfortable any chance he gets.
Offense: Justice Hill
If Oklahoma State can establish the run game on Saturday, it will go a long way in deciding who wins this one. It’ll be on the back of the All-American to get the job done. For some reason, I like his chances.
Defense: A.J. Green
I was incredibly impressed with what Green said ahead of the game. He told reporters, “This is the challenge we’ve been waiting for.” It’s not just what he said, but also how he said it. You have to play with an edge in this game, and Green does that every week. Along with the fact that he’s playing at a very high level right now, I think his swagger comes through on Saturday.
Offense: CeeDee Lamb
He’s just a freshman, but Lamb is a star in the making. He was a highly-touted prospect out of high school, and we’re all finding out why. I like our secondary against him, and think Andrews and Flowers present more of a matchup issue, but if a receiver breaks out in this game, I think it’s Lamb.
Defense: Caleb Kelly
Kelly is a pretty athletic linebacker for the Sooners, and moves well side-to-side. Like I said in the offensive predictions, I think OSU tries to run the ball often. Because of that, I could see Kelly getting in on quite a few tackles.
The Cowboys and the Sooners will kick off tomorrow at 3 p.m. on FS1.
If you are an early riser, make sure and tune into College GameDay from 8-11 a.m. on ESPN or WatchESPN (provider login required). Bedlam is the featured game of the week and Coach Corso and the crew will be live from Library Lawn.
Go Pokes! Beat OU!