College Football Playoff Hopes Are At Stake For Oklahoma In Annual Bedlam Game

The Sooners have beaten Oklahoma State in 14 of their last 16 head-to-head games

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#7 Oklahoma (10-1) at #21 Oklahoma State (8-3)

OKLA -13, O/U 69, Saturday November 30th, 8:00pm EST

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  • The Oklahoma Sooners (10-1) are traveling to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-3) in Week 14.

  • Oklahoma is listed as a 13-point favorite and the over/under is listed at 69 points.

  • The Sooners have won five of their last six games, but have covered just once in that span and are coming off a 28-24 victory over TCU last week.

  • The Cowboys have won four-straight games, have covered three of them and have gone 6-2 ATS overall this season.

  • This game has College Football Playoff implications, as the Sooners could presumably keep their hopes alive with a victory.

Oklahoma


Quarterback Jalen Hurts has put Oklahoma's offense on his back all season long. He passed the 1,000 rushing yard milestone against TCU on Saturday and has the chance to end the season on a high note. On the year, he has amassed 47 total touchdowns (30 passing, 17 rushing), 4,340 total yards and just six interceptions. CeeDee Lamb is Hurts’ top target and is a constant touchdown threat. He should be heavily utilized in this contest, especially since the Cowboys’ defense ranks 116th in opponent passing yards per game (276.2).

Currently on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff rankings, Oklahoma is already locked into the Big 12 title game next Saturday, but needs a victory in this game and some chaos ahead of them in the standings in order to vault into the top four. It’s worth noting that the Sooners’ offense leads the nation in total yards, averaging 574.7 per game and Oklahoma State’s defense ranks 82nd out of 130 teams in the FBS in total yards, allowing 415.2 per contest.

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Oklahoma State


Although Oklahoma’s defense ranks 31st in total yards allowed, they’ve surrendered 36 touchdowns to opposing teams, the same amount as Oklahoma State. After getting off to a much-improved start on that side of the ball, the Sooners have allowed 48, 41, 31 and 24 points over their last four contests, which is concerning. The Cowboys are on a roll and have beaten Iowa State (on the road), TCU, Kansas and West Virginia (on the road) over the last four weeks. Their offense runs through sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard, who leads the NCAA in rushing by a wide margin. He has averaged 6.4 yards per carry, accumulated 1,832 rushing yards and scored 20 touchdowns on the ground and has added 18 catches for 170 more yards.

While Oklahoma has allowed 17 rushing scores this season, they rank just outside the top third in terms of rushing yards allowed per game (141.3). Since starting quarterback Spencer Sanders (thumb) and leading receiver Tylan Wallace (knee) are out for this game, backup quarterback Dru Brown and secondary wideout Dillon Stoner will have to step up together to take some of the pressure off of Hubbard, even though the running back has seen 30-plus touches five times this season.

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Prediction

There are reasons to like both teams in this matchup. For instance, the Sooners have gone 13-1 SU in their last 14 games when the over/under was 63 points or higher. On the other side, the Cowboys have gone 61-34 ATS in their last 95 games in which the total was 63 points or higher. Find out what team BetQL's model labels as the best bet!

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