Oklahoma State football ended the playoff hopes of the Oklahoma Sooners which seems like the perfect ending to Bedlam (for now) for the Cowboys.
We don’t know when Oklahoma State football and Oklahoma will play again. What we do know, is that the Cowboys got the last laugh in the best way possible on Saturday in the final scheduled game of the Bedlam series.
College football fans will be losing one of the best rivalries in the sport. Oklahoma is headed to the SEC while Oklahoma State football will remain in the Big 12.
Certainly, that has added to the bad blood in one of the most heated rivalries in college fooball. Yet, the 27-24 win for Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State has to feel like poetic justice for Cowboy fans, who not only saw their team stay alive in the Big 12 title hunt but watched as OK State ended any hope Oklahoma had of making the College Football Playoff.
A huge win for the Cowboys
Oklahoma State is now tied for first in the Big 12 with Texas and they are the team from Oklahoma that controls its own destiny in the race for the Big 12 title. That’s not the case for the Sooners after back-to-back losses.
The Heisman campaign of Dillon Gabriel is over. It was short-lived for the second year in a row. He was beaten by Alan Bowman, a former backup for Michigan and starter at Texas Tech who threw for 334 yards in the win.
Three turnovers doomed the Sooners who are still alive in the Big 12 title race but will need some help. Oklahoma will also have to live with the fact that it’s headed to the SEC with its tail between its legs, at least in terms of Bedlam.
Since it’s unclear when the game will be played again — outside of a possible Big 12 title game rematch — Oklahoma State football fans will have bragging rights for who knows how long.
The Cowboys hurt Texas at the same time, since the Longhorns needed Oklahoma ranked as high as possible for a resume-building win. Now, the win over OU isn’t looking like anything special, making the chance of Texas making the playoff even less likely.