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December 4, 2013

Weather could be a challenge for both teams at Bedlam

NORMAN — The weather forecast for Saturday’s Bedlam game calls for temperatures below 20 degrees prior to kickoff and a wind chill below zero in Stillwater. You wouldn’t think a redshirt freshman from San Antonio would be able to adjust to the environment.

But Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight seemed to thrive in similar conditions on Nov. 23 at Kansas State. The performance — throwing for 171 yards and a touchdown and going for 82 more on the ground and another TD — even surprised him a little.

“I’ve never played in rain and never played in snow. I always had good weather,” he said.

Nonetheless, the offense was extremely productive in that game and will need to be so again Saturday. The winning team in the previous four Bedlam games has put up at least 29 points.

Offensively, OU doesn’t seem concerned with the weather because of what it was able to do against the Wildcats.

“I think that answered a lot of questions. We hadn’t played in the cold in quite some time, at least I hadn’t in my life,” Knight said. “Playing up there was a confidence booster.”

Ford factor: OU doesn’t have Damien Williams any more, but it will have a three-back rotation for the Oklahoma State game. Freshman running back Keith Ford has healed from an ankle sprain he suffered in early November.

“He’s running around healthy. He’s doing good,” co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “He’s fresh and ready to go, and we should get some of those fresh legs back for this game. He’s been practicing well and hopefully we’ll have a fresh body out there Saturday.”

Ford has rushed for 119 yards on 20 carries this season.

Learning from watching: If either OU or OSU attempts a 50-plus-yard field goal Saturday, odds are there will be a returner in the back of the end zone and every one will know he has to be tackled if he catches the ball.

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