Bedlam booster: Mike Gundy ‘can beat Lincoln Riley,’ Boone Pickens says

Oklahoma State’s biggest booster still has faith in Mike Gundy, as evidenced by the comments of major booster Boone Pickens on Thursday.

In an interview with Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Pickens gave his thoughts on the Bedlam rivalry between the Sooners and Cowboys. Although he’d previously expressed frustration with Gundy’s 2-11 record against Oklahoma, he changed his tune in this interview.

“I know I ruffled a few feathers when I said Mike couldn’t beat OU,” Pickens said. “I’ve shifted my focus. I think Mike can beat Lincoln Riley, and I want to be there when it happens.”

Interestingly, Gundy’s career winning percentage of .153 in his games against the Sooners is lower than the rest of Oklahoma State’s history in Bedlam. The Cowboys have compiled a 16-70-7 record against the Sooners in those games.

Counting a tie as a half-win and a half-loss, the Cowboys’ percentage in those games is .209.

But Gundy can win that coaching matchup, in Pickens’ eyes. But when it came down to the players — one Oklahoma player, in particular — Pickens still thinks the Sooners had an advantage in the 2017 game.

“In that game, I think we beat OU,” he said. “We didn’t beat Baker Mayfield.”

Mayfield is gone, now, but Gundy and Riley remain. The first-year Oklahoma coach took the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, while the Cowboys were left with a 10-3 record and a trip to the Camping World Bowl.

But as long as Pickens still has faith in Gundy, so too should Oklahoma State fans. And in 2018, the Cowboys will try again to beat the Sooners for the fifth time since 2000.

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