Oklahoma State (9-2) vs. Oklahoma (9-2) Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Game Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Bowl and Conference Implications
It’s not technically the Big 12 Championship, but it’s the Big 12 Championship. While there’s still a path for the winner to get into the College Football Playoff if the rest of the world melts down, realistically, the winner goes to the Sugar Bowl to play a team from the SEC – likely Auburn – and the loser will almost certainly go to the Alamo to play a Pac-12 team – likely the Pac-12 Championship loser.
What Does Each Team Need To Do?
If you love defensive slugfests, avert your eyes. If the starting bid isn’t 40 points, you need not apply.
Oklahoma has been unstoppable ever since the close calls to TCU and Texas, coming up with six straight wins in shockingly easy fashion with the offense scoring 34 points or more in every Big 12 game so far.
You want the running game to rock? Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine are kicking it into high gear for an attack that hits the 250 rushing yards per game without breathing too hard.
You want a devastating pitch-catch combination? No one’s playing better than Baker Mayfield over the last two months, bombing away at will and keeping the big mistakes to a minimum. Even if he’s not running as much as he did last year, that’s a positive – he’s not taking as many big shots. Accurate, as feisty as ever, and deadly with his deep ball, he’s helping to make Dede Westbrook a Biletnikoff winner – and Westbrook helping get Mayfield back in the Heisman race.
With 15 touchdowns catches in the last nine games, Westbrook has been unstoppable on the deep play, crushing single coverage with safeties having to worry so much about the OU ground attack. Averaging way over 20 yards per catch since the first two games, he’s hit the 100-yard mark in seven of the last eight games, and the one game he didn’t hit 100 – Baylor – he scored twice.
But Oklahoma State’s passing combination doesn’t take a back seat to anyone.
Cowboy QB Mason Rudolph might not get the national publicity, and he might not have Mayfield’s hype, but he’s coming up with a fantastic breakthrough season averaging over nine yards per throw with 25 touchdown passes and just four picks – two coming in the win over Kansas State, but he threw for 457 yards – doing just about everything right over the last month.
Battery-mate James Washington has lived up to the preseason All-American hype, averaging over 19 yards per catch with 1,159 yards and nine scores. The one bright spot in last year’s loss to the Sooners – catching seven passes for 169 yards and a score – he has to shine this year to make up for a mediocre ground game.
Oklahoma State makes up for defensive issues with takeaways, Oklahoma makes up for defensive issues with more offensive big plays, and both teams have solid enough special teams to not have a problem.
What’s Going To Happen?
Lots and lots and lots and lots of points are going to make for lots and lots and lots and lots of fun.
The Sooners might have more defensive playmakers, but the secondary gets torched game after game by teams trying to keep up the pace, and Oklahoma State will be more than happy to add to the fun.
Rudolph will throw for 350 yards without a problem, but that still won’t be enough against a finely-tuned Oklahoma machine that’s humming along too well.
The OU offensive balance, firepower, and experience are coming through in game after game, and it’ll all come together right away in yet another red-hot start. However, it’ll be a full sixty-minute game against an OSU offense that’ll make a big second half run.
The Sooners will have to sweat a bit, but they’ll pull it off by finally slowing things down late in the fourth with the running game.
They’ll lobby for a playoff spot, but a second straight Big 12 championship and a Sugar Bowl appearance will do just fine.
Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Prediction
Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 40
Oklahoma -11.5, o/u: 77
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