Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) at Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1)
When: Saturday, November 28th 2015
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: ABC
This year’s edition of Bedlam featuring the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys is for all the marbles in the Big 12 Conference. Because of Baylor’s loss last night at TCU, the winner of this game Saturday night will be Big 12 Champions. The Sooners could virtually clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff with a win against their rivals. Since Oklahoma lost to Texas earlier in the season, they have won five straight and are averaging 51 points in those games. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was back at practice this week after he passed concussion tests. Mayfield threw for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last week’s win over TCU before leaving the game. The Heisman Trophy candidate has 33 touchdown passes and five interceptions to go with six rushing scores this season for the Sooners. The transfer from Texas Tech is in his first year as a starter for Oklahoma and will be making his first Bedlam appearance. The Sooners have won five of their last six visits to Stillwater and hold an 84-18-7 all-time advantage in this series.
Oklahoma State may have ended their bid for a playoff spot after last week’s home loss to Baylor, but could make a case with a convincing win Saturday and some help around the country. The Cowboys came up with a stunning win in last season’s edition of Bedlam, when Tyreek Hill returned a punt 92 yards for the tying touchdown with 45 seconds left in regulation before a field goal in overtime won it. Despite last week’s loss, quarterback Mason Rudolph has probably his best game of the season passing for 430 yards and three touchdowns. He was sacked six times which made the Cowboys rushing stats look even worse than they already were. The final rushing numbers for the Cowboys against Baylor was 23 carries for 8 yards. The Cowboys defense was not match for both Baylor quarterbacks as they let up 700 yards of total offense and allowed the Bears to convert 14-of-22 3rd downs. The defense now ranks 87th in the nation in total yards and 94th against the pass. Not a good combination when you’re about to go up against a team averaging 51 points a game this month.
The Sooners have dominated this series and are the better team today, but seven points on the road against your rival is way too much for me to take. I’ll go with the Pokes in this one.
Pick: Oklahoma State +7