It will be pure Bedlam this weekend during the rivalry game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys. Kickoff is at 4:00 EST on Saturday, November 4 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The game can be seen on FS1.
Oddsmakers have the Cowboys as 3-point favorites at home. The over/under for the game is 75 points. Click here to check out a full list of Week 10 betting odds and links to game previews.
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After playing a string of close games against Big 12 opponents, the Sooners finally managed to win comfortably last week, beating Texas Tech 49-27. The Oklahoma offense accumulated over 600 yards, gaining most of it on the ground behind the tandem of Rodney Anderson and Abdul Adams. Of course, Baker Mayfield also added to his Heisman resume with four touchdown passes.
The Sooners also got good news from the College Football Playoff committee, being given the no. 5 spot. It’s obviously not a sure thing, but if Oklahoma can win out, they stand a good chance of making the final four.
Of course, the no. 11 Cowboys also have a chance to play their way into the Playoff conversation. Oklahoma State has just one loss on the season, and that came against TCU. The Cowboys survived a road game against West Virginia last week to notch their fourth straight win. If they can keep winning, they will play in the Big 12 title game and could sneak into the Playoff.
Traditionally, the Sooners have dominated this rivalry, winning 86 of the 111 meetings. Oklahoma has also won 12 of the last 14 meetings, including their last two trips to Stillwater, so history is not on OSU’s side.
Free College Football batting Selection: Oklahoma +3
History is a tough thing to beat, and with the Sooners getting three points, I have to lean toward Oklahoma. If you take away Oklahoma’s win over Ohio State, the Cowboys may be the more impressive team this season. But I’ll take my chances with Oklahoma bringing their best effort in a Bedlam game and knocking off their in-state rivals.
The Sooners looked a bit sluggish throughout October, but they showed signs of breaking out of a rough patch last week against Texas Tech. Defensively, there were some failures early in the game that can’t happen against the OSU offense. But the Sooners were able to run the ball with great efficiency against Texas Tech. Repeating that will be key against Oklahoma State. With a reliable running game, Mayfield becomes all the more dangerous throwing the ball.
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I also worry if Oklahoma State is ready to play in such a big game. After all, there’s a reason they’ve been second fiddle to the Sooners all these years. They couldn’t get it done at home against TCU earlier this year. They were fortunate to escape with a win against Texas. Even last week they allowed West Virginia to crawl back into the game after building a 20-point lead. I’m not sure the Cowboys will be able to control their emotions, avoid mistakes, and play their best game, especially as the favorites in this game.
The Sooners have had their issues this year, but beating Ohio State earlier this year tells you everything you need to know about how they handle big games. Mayfield was excellent in that game and he brings so much big-game experience with him. Those kinds of intangibles will matter in this game, and it’ll be the reason why Oklahoma wins in Stillwater.