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OU's Alex Grinch talks with the defense during a timeout during the Sooners' game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 20, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Scouting the sports scene while noting the Bedlam hype and smack talk has begun.

In past seasons, Oklahoma State’s Bedlam encounters with Oklahoma created excitement and anticipation but when the two Big 12 Conference foes clash Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, the stakes are magnified.

Oklahoma needs a win or a Baylor loss at home against Texas Tech to reach the Big 12 Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 4, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys secured their first appearance in the title game after last Saturday’s 23-0 victory at Texas Tech.

On paper, it’s an interesting matchup. O-State leads the Big 12 in total defense, allowing an average of 14.9 points per game. OU tops the conference in total offense, averaging 38.9 points an outing. OSU is fifth in total offense averaging 31.4 points a game and OU is sixth in total defense allowing 24.2 points an outing.

OSU has steadily progressed after winning three non-conference games by a combined total of 13 points, The Cowboys’ approach, focus and intensity has been impressive.

In the past four games, OSU is scoring at an average of 41.25 points a game while limiting opponents to 5.75 points an outing. The Pokes are averaging 482 yards of total offense a game.

Also in the last four outings, OSU’s defense has limited opponents to 179 total offensive yards while being credited with 22 sacks for 132 yards in losses.

OSU is the national leader in sacks with 43 and is third nationally in total defense behind Georgia and Wisconsin, respectively.

OSU leads the Big 12 in rush defense, allowing 84.9 rushing yards a game and is tops in pass defense, giving up 182 passing yards a game. OU provides the season’s toughest test for OSU’s defenders.

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