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December 2, 2011

An evenly miserable playing field

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops didn’t take much time to contemplate his answer when he was asked whether he’d ever been part of a game where the weather played as a big a factor as the Sooners’ game against Iowa State last Saturday.

“The only thing it I could think of was my junior year at Iowa and playing Michigan State at the end of the season. There was snow all over the field and it was cold,” he said. “Only reason I bring it up, is because it’s the only one I can think of like it. Just because of the wind, it made it so hard to operate Saturday.”

Well, it looks like that may be the case again. The forecast for Saturday’s Bedlam game at Pickens Stadium in Stillwater calls for gusty north winds, temperatures in the 30s by the 7 p.m. kickoff and a pretty good chance of rain.

The weather is going to be a factor when the 13th-ranked Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) and third-ranked Cowboys (10-1, 7-1) settle where the Big 12 championship is going to reside.

“It is what it is. Nobody is going to win because of the weather. We still have to go play the game,” Sooner defensive end R.J. Washington said. “It was freezing last Saturday. I guess we got used to it last Saturday, now we’re going into it again.”

Might as well take a positive attitude when it comes to weather. There isn’t a state that seriously factors into the college football landscape where the weather can wreak as much havoc on a season as Oklahoma.

It’s not frigid temperatures that make the state and the rivalry special. Ask any fan of a Big Ten school, and odds are they have a nice pair of winter gloves and a stocking cap in their favorite team’s colors, and odds are they already are on their third or fourth versions. But those fans weren’t sitting in stadiums with temperatures in the triple digits in September.

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