Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma (7-1) vs. Oklahoma State (7-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
What seemed like it might be the sure-thing first of two meetings might turn out to be an elimination game.
It certainly is for the College Football Playoff – the loser is almost guaranteed to be out no matter what happens – but with Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State, and OSU’s lost to TCU, being one of the two teams in the Big 12 Championship could be a problem, too.
Oklahoma State bounced back from its problems against TCU with four straight wins during a nasty stretch with three of the four dates on the road.
Now comes the payoff with three of the final four at home. However, the one road game that appeared to be a sure-thing this offseason is now a problem – at Iowa State.
Oklahoma has also come back from its loss, but it’s been way too shaky in close-call wins over Texas and Kansas State. Next week it gets TCU in Norman, but with the Kansas layup and West Virginia to close things out, win in Stillwater, and then it’s all about the Horned Frogs.
First, Baker Mayfield and company have to be ready for a firefight. It’s been a good year, but a loss suddenly makes it a potentially great season for the Cowboys.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
The Oklahoma State run defense has yet to be tested, and now it’s going to have to get physical.
TCU rumbled for 238 yards and four scores in the one time the Cowboys had to deal with a strong ground game, and now they’ll face the league’s No. 1 ground attack.
Part of it comes from teams trying to deal with Mayfield, but the OU O line has just been that good.
Even without Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, the Sooners have been just fine, even if the running game is a wee bit inconsistent. Rodney Anderson ran for 181 yards last week against Texas Tech, and Abdul Adams is playing a nice role for a ground game that appears to be getting better and better.
And that Mayfield guy continues to be pretty good, too.
One Reason Why Oklahoma State Will Win
The offensive balance is there to go along with the passing game firepower.
Against West Virginia, the defense did its part with five takeaways including four killer interceptions of Will Grier, but just as big was a running attack that pushed out 246 yards in a grinding performance.
But this is Mason Rudolph’s game.
Mayfield might be the Heisman star coming into this, but Rudolph and OSU lead the conference in passing.
Last year he only hit 44% of his passes for a season-low 186 yards in the loss to OU. The year before he missed all three of his throws with a pick before getting bounced out, but he was able to shine with 273 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in a win.
At home, this is his game to show that he belongs in the Heisman race, too. This is his game to show that his team belongs in the College Football Playoff chase.
What’s Going To Happen
Mayfield and Rudolph are about to put on a show.
They’re each going to trade haymaker after haymaker – these are two of the nation’s top three offenses – but both teams will try to run a bit to balance things out.
Whatever. The two quarterbacking stars are going to take over from the start with the last one to have the ball pulling off the win.
At home, Rudolph will come through with one more scoring drive right after it seems like Mayfield pulled another rabbit out of his hat.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Prediction
Oklahoma State 44, Oklahoma 41
Oklahoma State -2.5, o/u: 76
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