No. 14 Oklahoma State (5-1) at No. 18 Oklahoma
All you need to say is “Bedlam Series” and you get the definition of the intensity of the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys as this storied rivalry is renewed for the 116th time. The Sooners have dominated the rivalry with an 89-18-7 mastery of the Cowboys. The 89 wins are the most against one opponent for the Sooners and the second most in history for one team vs. another program. Nebraska has beaten Kansas 91 times.
The Sooners have reeled off four straight wins after two consecutive losses to Kansas State and Iowa State took them out of the national championship picture. Lincoln Riley is 5-0 against the Cowboys as Oklahoma averaged 48 points per game in that stretch.
Vs. The Spread:
The number opened with Oklahoma as an 8.5 point favorite but it has fallen to 7 as money is coming in on the Cowboys despite the Sooners’ recent success in the series. The Cowboys are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games and the total has gone UNDER in eight of their last 10 games. The total has gone over in four of the Sooners’ last five games while fashioning a 4-1 record ATS in their last five outings.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Oklahoma State||+7 (-111)||+210||O 59 (-108)|
|Oklahoma||-7 (-109)||-250||U 59
The Cowboys had a bye week after their 20-18 win over Kansas State. They trailed the Wildcats 12-0 at halftime before a second half rally which included an 85-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jason Taylor.
Oklahoma blasted Kansas, 62-9, behind a defense that minimized the Jayhawks to only 246 yards. Quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for 212 yards while Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 104 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.
When Oklahoma State Has the Ball:
The eye-popping matchup here is Cowboys running back Chubba Hubbard against the Sooners’ league-leading rush defense. Hubbard has rushed for 591 yards, but was slowed by injury with only 31 yards on six carries in the win over Kansas State. He needs to be a primary key if the Pokes are to pull the upset as Oklahoma has held four of it’s seven opponents to 95 yards or less.
Tylan Wallace had 11 catches for 187 yards in that loss to Texas and will be a solid matchup for Sooners’ corners Tre Brown and Woodi Washington. Spencer Saunders is more of a runner than a passer at quarterback. This plays into the hands of the strength of the Sooners’ rushing defense. Oklahoma’s pass rush is strong as well as Nick Bonito is tied for the league lead in sacks with 5.5.
When Oklahoma Has the Ball:
The Sooners’ rushing attack struggled early but has gone over 200 yards in three of the last four games as Rhamondre Stevenson has rushed for 191 yards on 24 carries with five touchdowns in his last two games.
Oklahoma freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler is worth the price of admission as he has passed for 288 yards per game with 18 touchdowns against six interceptions. He spreads the ball around as seven Sooners have double figures in catches. Marvin Mims leads with 418 yards on 25 catches while Theo Weiss checks in with 26 receptions and 361 yards. The Cowboys’ pass defense only allows 169 yards per game as opponents only have seven touchdown catches. They’re first in the league in tackles for loss (8.3) and second in sacks (3.7)
Winner: Oklahoma (-7) 41, Oklahoma State 24
Over-Under: Take OVER 59