Oklahoma St. Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners
It’s the Bedlam Series with the Big 12 Championship and a trip to a BCS Bowl going to the winner as the Oklahoma State Cowboys host the Oklahoma Sooners. The Cowboys are -3 point favorites over the Sooners with an over/under point total set at 78.
I t’s been a monster season for Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State Cowboys but even so it is one where they are going need to overcome disappointment and need to focus on the game at hand and not wonder about what might have been. OSU looked to be headed towards a possible spot in the BCS Championship game but it all came unraveled as they fell to Iowa State in overtime last time out. QB Brandon Weeden has looked like a Heisman Trophy contender all season and his leadership will be called on here and for the season he has completed 73 percent of his passes for 4,111 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. With defenses respecting the pass Joseph Randle has had plenty of room to run and he has been averaging 5.8 yards per carry for 1,402 yards and 21 touchdowns. Justin Blackmon is the best receiver in the country with 103 catches for 1,241 yards and 15 touchdowns, Josh Cooper has 60 catches and three touchdowns, and Tracy Moore has 44 catches and four touchdowns. The Oklahoma State defense has 21 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries, and 25 sacks for a plus 16 turnover differential. Daytawion Lowe has 79 tackles, Jamie Blatnick has seven sacks, and Braderick Brown and James Thomas have four interceptions each. Oklahoma state is talented but will they be able to overcome the mental challenge of losing a game to a team they should beat in time to battle a team with the talent of Oklahoma.
It has been another season of what could have been for Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners but despite their disappointments they are just a win away from going to another BCS Bowl game and from being crowned Big 12 Champs. The Sooners started the season as the number one team in the nation but a few stumbles and injuries along the way and it’s just another very good year in Norman. QB Landry Jones has had another monster year statistic wise as he’s completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 4,052 yards with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. With Dom Whaley out for the season Roy Finch has been the primary back averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns and Branden Williams has moved into Finch’s role of spelling the starter. With top receiver Ryan Broyles gone for the year the load falls on Kenny Stills who has 52 catches and eight touchdowns while Jaz Reynolds has 39 catches and five touchdowns. The Oklahoma defense has 13 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, and 37 sacks and they are just plus one in turnovers. Aaron Colvin has 73 tackles, Travis Lewis has 70 tackles, Fran Alexander has 8.5 sacks, and Tony Jefferson has 4.5 sacks and four interceptions. The Sooners are no strangers to big games and big games on the road and they won’t be intimidated by this one.
Oklahoma State is 5-0 against the spread in games following a game which they didn’t cover, 17-5 against the spread in their last 22 games overall, and 6-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Oklahoma is 9-3 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record. The favorite has covered six in a row in this series.
Oklahoma State is just the better team this year, especially with the Sooners missing Broyles and Whaley. This has all of the makings of a wild one but look for the Cowboys to regain focus and get it done.
Oklahoma St. Cowboys -3 Oklahoma Sooners