As Blue Ribbon rolls out its Big 12 preview today, we take a look at a pair of big impact games across the Big 12. Here's our selection from earlier today.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Dec. 3
Big 12 play will get started with a big one, and it should close with a big one.
What do you mean there's no Big 12 Championship anymore? This one might serve the same purpose. Bedlam 2011 looks headed for primetime on Championship Weekend in lieu of a the Big 12 title game, but could have big, big implications by the time the college football regular season reaches its end.
Last season, these teams combined for four touchdowns in 89 seconds inside the final five minutes of a game in Stillwater that decided the Big 12 South. This year, because of the Big 12 scheduling shuffle, Oklahoma has to return to Stillwater, and its in-state rival might be standing in the way of a trip to the national title, or both teams might be playing for the right to book tickets to New Orleans and a chance at the national championship.
Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden were the top contenders for All-Big 12 quarterback last season, but this season, the Heisman could hang in the balance with this game still left on the schedule. Additionally, the top two contenders for the Biletnikoff Award, OSU's Justin Blackmon and OU's Ryan Broyles, will go head-to-head for the last time. Broyles, a senior, and Blackmon, a junior, will both almost certainly be cashing checks from an NFL team this time next year.
Jones, a junior, and Weeden, a senior, might join them.
Bedlam was the Big 12's most entertaining game and arguably the most impactful regular season matchup last season. There's a good chance it repeats in 2011.