With the Baylor loss, the stage is set for Oklahoma this evening. The stage is set for Baker Mayfield to become a true Heisman candidate, if he isn’t already. A win would solidify that, though. Are you happy Texas Tech that you didn’t give him much of a chance? Tired of the Red Raiders not committing to Mayfield on a fulltime basis, he transferred to Oklahoma and look at him now. It has worked out for Mayfield and it’s worked out for Oklahoma. I mention it often, but jeez, the Sooners have to be kicking themselves for losing to the Texas Longhorns. Win that game and they’d be in the college football playoff. And of course win this game today against Oklahoma State. They already loss one rivalry game, I wonder if the same story plays out in Stillwater tonight. What a kick to the gut it’d be to lose to both Texas and Oklahoma State. The Sooners are 5th in the country, so win tonight and win the BIG 12, then we’ll see how the rest of it all plays out in the country.
I’m going to call that they sneak in at 4, setting up a semi-final game with Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Iowa will lose in the BIG 10 Championship, bumping the Hawkeyes out of the top 4, insert Oklahoma into that slot. Notre Dame loses knocking them out of the picture as well. Don’t need to worry about Baylor, they loss to TCU last night. That leaves Oklahoma. But they need to beat Oklahoma State tonight, who have had a pretty nice season themselves. But their defense looks to be getting tired. Trying to keep up with these offenses in the BIG 12 is completely wearing them out. Here again tonight is an offense that will have you grabbing your hips and grasping for air. The Oklahoma State defense will be in for a workout against Mayfield and company.
Oklahoma State has allowed 76 points the last two weeks. They gave up 45 to Baylor last week. In their last four games they’ve allowed an average of 39.5 points per game. Like I have said, the defense for the Cowboys is getting tired. Mayfield and the Sooners are going to test them tonight, the offense for Oklahoma State is going to try to keep up. Unfortunately they will be without starter Mason Rudolph, sitting out with broken bones in his foot. A veteran will step in though, J.W. Walsh. Walsh has been at Oklahoma State for five years and will have a chance to leave school as the starter as a Cowboy. Walsh has been in a starting role before, passing for 34 touchdowns and 9 interceptions throughout his career. He has had playing time this season, throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. Walsh is one of the best backups in college football. We’ll see if he can help Oklahoma State out tonight.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oklahoma State College Football
Oklahoma -7 (-110)
@Oklahoma State +7 (-110)
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Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Pick:
The pressure is on Oklahoma with Baylor losing last night. Although, there is pressure on Oklahoma State as well, this game is essentially the BIG 12 Championship. The BIG 12 doesn’t have a championship game, but the way it’s played out, this is the championship game. The championship is also between two instate rivals who aren’t far from one another in Normal and Stillwater. The Sooners under Baker Mayfield have lit the scoreboard up, totalling an average of 44.6 points per game. Mayfield has passed for 33 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also ran some on the ground, with 6 touchdowns and 343 yards rushing. On a big national stage, I think he comes to play.
The Oklahoma State offense has kept pace with Oklahoma this season, as they are scoring 42.8 points per game. Walsh will get the nod, taking over for the injured Mason Rudolph. Something is telling me that Walsh is in for a big game tonight as well. He’s been at Stillwater for the past five years and after losing out on the starting job to Rudolph, he’s back in the saddle for the Cowboys. What a fitting way for the end of his career to win this one over the Sooners. However, I don’t see that happening, Oklahoma should win but it should be a close one. I am not going to fool around with trying to pick a side tonight and go with the OVER 68.
PICK: OVER 68 POINTS (-110)