Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 30
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma (10-1) vs. Oklahoma State (6-3) Game Preview
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Why Oklahoma Will Win
This team has another gear when it’s time to turn it on.
It might not be all that consistently great lately, but thanks to Jalen Hurts, the offense is getting just enough to keep coming up with wins.
How brilliant has he been?
He’s not going to throw for the yards and touchdowns that Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield did during their respective Heisman-winning seasons, but he’s been more efficient than those two. Throw in the 1,156 yards and 17 scores, and he’s carrying a team that’s been in fight after fight after fight.
The Oklahoma State secondary hasn’t been all that miserable considering the years it’s been allowing – it had three straight games of three picks before not coming up with one against West Virginia – but it can be hit for the big plays when the receivers are on the move. That’s what Oklahoma does.
Sam Ehlinger, Brock Purdy, Charlie Brewer – they were able to blast away, and now it’ll be Hurts’ turn at bat.
Oklahoma’s offense leads the nation averaging 575 yards per game, and Oklahoma State doesn’t have its starting quarterback. However …
Why Oklahoma State Will Win
Dru Brown was good enough.
With Spencer Sanders out for the year, former Hawaii transfer Dru Brown stepped into the starting quarterback gig and hit 76% of his throws for almost 200 yards with two touchdowns. He might not have provided the rushing element that Sanders does, but that’s what Chuba Hubbard is for.
The nation’s leading rusher has been slowed down a wee bit – he was held without a touchdown run for the first time all year in last week’s win over West Virginia – but he still produced a 100-yard game when the Mountaineers forced Brown to try winning the game.
The key will be the other side of the ball, where Oklahoma State’s run defense has all of sudden become a force.
The stats are skewed because teams bomb away on the Cowboy secondary, but after a rough first part of the year with Baylor, Texas, and Oregon State able to rip off rushing yards in chunks, OSU’s D has held three of the last four teams to under 90 yards on the ground.
When teams are trying to run now, it’s not working. The Cowboys should do just enough to keep Hurts from going off when he gets an opening.
What’s Going To Happen
Oklahoma has won four straight and five of the last six in the Bedlam fun, but once in a while, Oklahoma State is able to screw things up.
It might seem like a million years ago now, but a bad 2001 OSU team handed the 10-1 Sooners a shocking 16-13 loss. The year after when 10-1 OU needed the win to stay in the national title hunt, it lost in Stillwater 38-28, and …
Really? 2001? Most of the players in this year’s game were barely born then.
The 2011 powerhouse Cowboy team destroyed the Sooners, and Tyreek Hill broke Sooner hearts with a punt return for a score in the final moments of a 38-35 win in 2014, and …
In a long-winded way, let’s just say Oklahoma State, as a program, is due.
Oklahoma has been playing with fire way too often.
It’s been able to survive three straight close games – beating Iowa State, Baylor and TCU by a combined eight points – but the turnover problem will be a killer in Stillwater.
The Sooners are -10 in turnover margin over the last seven games, they’ll be a -2 in this one, and that will be just enough of a difference in a back-and-forth fight that comes down to one final drive that comes up just short.
(It’s been the call for almost ten months, and there’s no backing off now … ) Oklahoma State will ruin Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff dream.
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