Outside of freshman walk-on Luke Major, none of OSU’s newcomers are from Oklahoma. Last season, Boynton was unsure whether graduate transfer Kendall Smith, a California native, fully grasped the rivalry until playing in it, so he has tried to emphasize its importance this year.
“On the scoreboard, it’ll count as win or loss, but it means more, and we don’t shy away from that,” he said. “It means something to recruits. It means something to our fans and to our former players, and so it means something to us.
“If we win, it won’t count as two wins or 1 1/2 wins or anything like that, but there’ll be people walking around with a little bit more pride.”
Boynton, who made sure to point out he went undefeated against rival Clemson during his college career at South Carolina, called Bedlam an “underrated” rivalry nationally; three of the Cowboys’ four victories in the series the past two years were decided by four or fewer points.
“It’s our biggest rivalry,” Waters said. “We’ve got this circled on our schedule every single year. For as long as I’m here, for as long as the next generation’s here, it’ll always be circled. It’s our biggest rivalry, and that’s what we look forward to every year.”
NO. 23 OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE
•When: 1 p.m., Saturday
•Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman
•TV: Fox Sports Southwest (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 416, DirecTV 676, U-verse 753/HD 1753)
•Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7