Oklahoma football: ESPN ‘GameDay’ in Norman for Bedlam

Oklahoma football will get some extra national attention next weekend.

ESPN has announced that the Saturday “College GameDay” broadcast team is planning to be in Norman, Oklahoma, for next weekend’s Bedlam showdown between No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 18 Oklahoma.

This will be the seventh time that the ESPN Saturday morning college football preview program has been at a Bedlam football game, but only one of those previous six OU-OSU games were played in Norman.

If you are a superstitious type and a Sooner fan to boot, you’re going to like this: All six of the previous Oklahoma-Oklahoma State games attended by GameDay were won by OU.

The last time the GameDay team was at one of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry games was in 2017 in Stillwater.

The two teams combined for 114 points and over 1,400 yards of total offense that day. Baker Mayfield threw for 598 yards and two touchdowns. OSU’s Mason Rudolph had 448 passing yards and five TD throws of his own and Justice Hill battered the OU defense for 228 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, but all in a losing cause.

Oklahoma won the game 62-52.

GameDay was also in attendance at the 2015 Bedlam game in Stillwater. That contest was not nearly as close, with the No. 3-ranked Sooners winning big, 58-23.

The only time GameDay has been at OU for a Bedlam game was in 2003. That was the year Les Miles brought his Oklahoma State team to Norman, preceded by the comment:

“(On) Saturday, two teams are going to play. One is maybe the best team in college football and the other one is a darn good football team. We’re going to play to figure out which is which.”

It wasn’t even close. Jason White threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 1 Oklahoma showed Miles and the world who was who, laying a 52-9 beatdown on its in-state rival.

Overall, Oklahoma is 24-13 in games in which the GameDay was on site. Only Alabama, Ohio State and Florida have been featured more times than the Sooners.

Oklahoma State has been part of eight GameDay broadcasts and has a 1-7 record in those games.

The 2020 Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game will be aired at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC.