The Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys don’t often see eye-to-eye. But some things transcend football, and in a raise instance of uniformity between the two sides, they’ll both be sporting the same decal on their helmets this Saturday, according to Scott Wright of The Oklahoman.
In an effort to raise awareness about the the alarmingly fast spread of opioid addiction in the United States, but particularly so in Oklahoma, both will be wearing decals that say “Stop Opioids.”
The words are printed in front of the shape of the state of Oklahoma, and are in their respective teams colors.
Helmet decals are usually reserved to honor a tragedy, the passing of a notable alumni, or on the anniversary of some historically significant date. But this is different, and the both sides have done well to raise awareness about an issue that could shortly hit its inflection point and become an epidemic.
The two teams have been careening towards each other the entire season. Both sit at 7-1, and the result of the game will echo throughout the standings in the Big 12. Both are 4-1 in the conference, along with TCU and Iowa State.
Whichever team loses this game will need tons of help elsewhere in the conference to remain with an outside shot of finishing at the top of the conference. Even then, it might not be enough.
For all intents and purposes, this is a conference championship elimination game.