OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (7-3)
at OKLAHOMA SOONERS (8-2)
Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Oklahoma -6.5, Total: 71.5
In-state rivals meet Saturday with Big 12 title implications on the line when No. 22 Oklahoma State visits No. 14 Oklahoma.
The Sooners trail Kansas State by just one-half game in the standings, while a win here would put the Cowboys just one game back of the Wildcats. Oklahoma is 8-1 SU (7-2 ATS) in the Bedlam Series since 2003, but the one loss came last year in Stillwater when Oklahoma State rushed for 278 yards in a 44-10 blowout. Joseph Randle had 151 of those yards and 2 TD, but he’s been held to just 69 rushing YPG in his past three games, a span in which third-string QB Clint Chelf has flourished (754 pass yds, 9 TD). Oklahoma has won three in a row, but it just allowed the most yards in school history (778) in a 50-49 win at West Virginia last week.
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Chelf completed 11-of-21 passes for 229 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT in last week's 59-21 romp over Texas Tech with all three scores going to Isaiah Anderson who had 174 yards on just four catches (43.5 yards per catch). RB Joseph Randle had his best game in three weeks with 91 yards on 17 carries (5.4 YPC) and a touchdown, and hopes Oklahoma's rushing defense will be just as generous as it was last week when it allowed 458 yards on 47 carries (9.7 YPC) to West Virginia. On the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys pass defense continues to be a weakness (262 YPG, 98th in nation), but they are allowing just 126 rushing YPG (3rd in Big 12). OSU has also forced 10 turnovers in its past five games including three last week.
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones is coming off a career-high (and school record) 554 passing yards, while tying his career-best mark of six touchdown passes. Four of those went to Kenny Stills, who now has 773 receiving yards and 10 TD for the season. Jones has struggled a bit in this series though, tossing more picks (5) than TD (4) in his three career games against the Cowboys, but still piling up 942 passing yards (6.3 YPA). Junior RB Damien Williams struggled on the ground for most of October, but he's ending November on a high note with 191 yards on 45 carries (4.2 YPC) and three touchdowns over his past two games. Oklahoma's defense continues to be strong in defending the pass, ranking 18th in the nation with 185 passing YPG allowed. However, this number is also a bit low because the rushing defense is so terrible (185 YPG, 89th in FBS). The Sooners also rank 113th in the nation in Tackles For Loss (4.3 per game).