Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Prediction, Game Preview

    Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State prediction and game preview. Bedlam takes place in Stillwater as the Sooners and Cowboys fight for state bragging rights.

    November 20, 2015


    Is this the biggest and most important Bedlam game ever? It’s Oklahoma (10-1) vs. Oklahoma State (10-1) with the Big 12 title – or at least a piece of it, depending on what happens – on the line. If everything breaks right this weekend – there will be some scoreboard watching on Notre Dame vs. Stanford – the winner could end up in the College Football Playoff. Check out the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State prediction and game preview.

    Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 28
    Game Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

    Network: ABC

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    Why You Need To Care

    Oklahoma survived the final moments against TCU in a 30-29 win, and getting the victory was all that mattered. It wasn’t all that pretty, and it wasn’t a good final few quarter, but it was enough of a victory to boost the red-hot Sooners to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

    It’s hardly official – the CFP committee can do whatever it wants to – but if Notre Dame loses to Stanford, an Oklahoma win might be enough to all but ensure one of the College Football Playoff spots. Oh, by the way, Oklahoma would be the One True Champion in the Big 12.

    Oklahoma State is still knee-deep in the chase for the Big 12 championship and a playoff spot, too. A win over Oklahoma would mean at least a share of the Big 12 title, but Baylor would then be the top-spot champ by winning out beating TCU and Texas. If the Bears lose, the 11-1 Cowboys would be the champ all by itself. Even if Notre Dame beats Stanford, OSU could still be in the playoff. After losing to Baylor at home, the love for Ok State isn’t quite there at the moment with a No. 11 ranking by the CFP, but that would quickly change with a win over OU.

    Why Oklahoma Will Win

    Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense are getting all the attention and respect, but it’s the defense that’s getting the job done. Oklahoma State’s offense has been terrific, but the passing game might start to have a huge problem against a secondary that seems to find ways to make up for most of its mistakes with big plays – that goes for the whole defense.

    There was a problem in the second half against TCU with a few key breakdowns, but it came through when it absolutely had to with the two-point conversion stop to save the day. The pass defense gave up three touchdown passes to TCU, but it also came up with three picks. It allowed two touchdowns to Baylor, but it came up with two interceptions. Only three times this year – Tulsa, Texas and Kansas – did the OU defense allow more touchdown passes than interceptions it generated. Oklahoma State will hit a few home runs, but the Sooners should be able to get its share of wins.

    Why Oklahoma State Will Win

    Yeah, the Oklahoma offense has looked fantastic at times, but it could also be a bit of a mirage. Beating West Virginia is good, and getting by Texas Tech is strong, but the passing game was solid, not unstoppable, against Tennessee, Baylor, and last week against TCU. In the Big 12, there’s a difference between being 400-yard dominant, and 270-yard effective. The Oklahoma State offense should be able to keep up any sort of pace.

    It might not get the spotlight like the other top Big 12 attacks, but the Cowboys have been dominant through the air. Unstoppable over the last five games, OSU is averaging over 400 passing yards with 19 touchdowns with just one pick. As good as the Baylor and TCU passing games have been so far this year, right now, Oklahoma State’s is the most dangerous one OU has faced.

    Player Who Matters

    Is this when Mason Rudolph starts to get some national attention? Baker Mayfield is expected to play for the Sooners, but Rudolph coming into the game as the stronger passer, combining with J.W. Walsh to make the machine go. Walsh is taking away some of the stats around the goal line, but it’s Rudolph who’s doing the heavy lifting 280 yards or more in every game but two. Last year, Rudolph came up with a pressure-packed 273-yard, two score day in the win that helped get the Cowboys bowl eligible. This time around, if he outplays Mayfield and gets the win, he’ll be the hot quarterback going into the bowl season – and the offseason.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    The Oklahoma defense will bounceback. The best thing that could’ve happened for the Sooners was the problem with TCU in the second half last week. Not that the team wasn’t focused before, but with everything on the line, and with the rivalry aspect, expect a strong enough effort from the D to come up with the two stops needed to get by in a fun and wild shootout.

    Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State Prediction

    Final Score: Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 41, Line: Oklahoma -7, o/u: 69

    Must See Rating: 5: Creed – 1: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade … 5

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