The Battle of Bedlam takes place on Saturday afternoon as the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The game has a start time of 12:00 pm (Eastern) and be will televised on ABC. Current odds have Oklahoma State listed as 10 point favorites, while the total sits at 57.
Analysis: Oklahoma comes in having won back-to-back games over Iowa State (48-10) and Kansas State (41-31) to improve to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play. Last year the Sooners trailed their rival the entire way until Brennan Clay's decisive touchdown run in overtime that gave Oklahoma a 51-48 victory. In a conference filled with outstanding offenses, Oklahoma fits right in, scoring 31.7 points per game, including 44.5 ppg in their last 2 games. Trevor Knight has thrown 443, run for 391 and has accounted for seven total Tds this year and has played well in Bell's absence (concussion). OU's rushing attack has been potent, piling up 242.3 yards per game, with Brennan Clay (843 yards, six TDs) and Damien Williams (553 yards, seven TDs) splitting the majority of the carries. Oklahoma's defense has been tough this year, allowing just 21.1 ppg and 330.5 ypg, while picking off 13 passes. Oklahoma leads the series 82-18-7, including 38-7-5 in Stillwater.
The Cowboys have won seven straight games since their only loss of the season - a 30-21 defeat against a West Virginia team that wound up 4-8 on the year. Oklahoma State's offense (41.2 ppg, 444.2 ypg) has very explosive this and it has been even better since the team turned to Clint Chelf as the full-time starter at quarterback in late October, with the team averaging 47.8 ppg since the change. Chelf's has completed less than 57% of his attempts for 1,592 yards and 14 Tds, to just 5 INTs, while also rushing for 305 yards and 6 Tds. The running game is solid behind Desmond Roland (601 yards) and Jeremy Smith (400 yards), who have combined for 19 Tds on the year. The Defense for the Cowboys has been awesome this year as they have allowed just 18.8 ppg on the year, while also forcing 29 turnovers and generating 23 sacks. Oklahoma State has won nine straight home games and is 18-1 in its last 19 games at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Pick: I really like the Under in this game. Big games usually breed Unders and this is a huge game, especially from the side of the Cowboys, as a win here for them will not only give them the Big 12 title, but will also put then in a BCS bowl. The Key to the success of the Cowboys down the stretch has been the change to more of a running offense. All that running will eat plenty of clock. The Cowboys will run allot here as the Sooners are 14th in the nation vs the pass. Overall the Sooner defense has been strong this year, ranking 13th overall and 21st in points allowed, giving up just 21.1 ppg. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have not been all about offense this year as they come in allowing just 18.8 ppg overall and 11.3 ppg at home. They are 95th vs the pass, but that's okay because the Sooners are 102nd in the nation in passing. Like the Cowboys, the Sooners are a run based offense that is 15th in the nation and they will be going against a Cowboy defense that is 21st in the nation vs the run allowing just 130 ypg on the ground. This game will be about allot of running and defense. OSU could play more of a conservative game especially it they are up by 10 or more. I just don't expect more than 48 in this one.
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