Can Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma without Les Miles on their sidelines? (11/30/11)

When Oklahoma takes the field in Stillwater this Saturday night, there’s one person the Sooners will be glad is not in the stadium: Leslie Edwin Miles.

In the 107-year history of the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State rivalry — known in the 46th state as the “Bedlam Series” — Oklahoma has utterly dominated the Oklahoma State Cowboys. See the chart below for proof of this.

But, when Les Miles was the coaching at OSU — as Offense Coordinator from 1995 to 1997, then as Head Coach from 2001 to 2004 — it was a completely different story; with the Cowboys winning 4 of 7 games.

Of course, OSU stopped winning once Miles accepted the head coaching job at LSU. The Sooners have beaten the Cowboys in every single game since Les left Stillwater.

Oklahoma State is favored to win this Saturday. If they are actually able to beat their arch-rivals, it may even catapult them into the National Title discussion. Of course, their secret weapon will be nowhere near Oklahoma this weekend. He’ll be too busy coaching LSU in Atlanta to another potential National Championship birth.

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