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Podcast Episode 066: Already looking forward to Bedlam

Talking to Greg Swaim about the Sooners and Cowboys

Will this year's Bedlam Series game be for Big 12 bragging rights? Photo: Getty Images

As we inch closer and closer to the start of the 2011 college football season we are getting more and more excited for the rivalries and top match-ups in conference and non-conference play. The Oklahoma Sooners have two games that I am keeping a close eye on this season.

The Sooners travel to Tallahassee in mid-September for one of the top non-conference games this season against Florida State, a program I have spent plenty of time waxing as a team to watch the next couple of seasons. Oklahoma appears to be a team worthy of preseason BCS championship hype and a win in Florida State would be a key victory to brag about by the end of the season as the Seminoles are being lauded as the ACC’s team to beat this season. The question is whether or not “Big Game” Bob [Stoops] has truly shed the sarcastic nickname. Nobody has argued that Oklahoma’s Fiesta Bowl victory was one to really get too excited about last season (even the Big East’s biggest defender would agree to that) so Stoops is still looking to capture another big win.

I happen to think that Big 12 championships speak volumes in defense of Stoops, and he has seven of the last ten of them. For as much attention Texas receives nationally, Oklahoma has been far better overall than their Red River Rivals. Oklahoma State is also trying to play catch-up to their instate rivals. So how close are they?

I spoke with Greg Swaim about both Oklahoma programs as well as the state of the Big 12 moving forward. Swaim had plenty of positives to say about the Sooners and Cowboys but points out some hurdles along the way for both this season. Are we headed to a match-up of undefeated teams in early December with the Big 12 championship on the line? Maybe, but it will be difficult to get there. We also touch briefly on the Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies, but we’ll dive a little deeper in to those two programs later this week on the podcast.

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Note: There were some sound quality issues during the recording. I tried to edit it to make it as listenable as possible. My apologies for the poor sound quality in this episode.

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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