Saturday evening caps off a fantastic day of college football with an intrastate battle of Big 12 rivals when the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners (10-1, 7-1) take on the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1, 7-1). The Cowboys will host this one at Boone Pickens Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.
After losing for the first time two weeks ago to No. 9 Baylor, the Sooners bounced back last week with a 28-21 win over the Iowa State Cyclones. In the win, Caleb Williams threw for just 87 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 67 yards and another score.
For Oklahoma State, they come into this one having won four games in a row. In their last win, a 23-0 win over Texas Tech, Spencer Sanders threw for 239 yards and a touchdown.
Given that the Cowboys have already beaten Baylor, they are already locked for the Big 12 Championship game. For the Sooners, though, they need a win in this one to guarantee a trip to the title game.
Oklahoma State is the favorite in this one playing at home. They are -205 to win while the Sooners’ moneyline sits at +164. The spread features Oklahoma +4.5 (-115), and the over/under for total points is 49.5.
Currently, Oklahoma State is the favorite to win the Big 12 championship at -175. The Sooners are +300 to win the conference title.
In terms of the National Championship, Oklahoma State is tied for the fourth-best odds at +4000. Oklahoma has the sixth-best odds at +5000.
By The Numbers
Oklahoma has had the slightly stronger offense to this point. They rank 19th in scoring averaging 35.2 points per game. Oklahoma State ranks 30th, averaging 32.2 points (40.2 at home).
Defensively, it is the Cowboys that hold the advantage. They rank second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 14.8 points per game. The Sooners rank 60th allowing an average of 26.6 points (32.3 on the road).
Oklahoma Needs To Win To Stay In Championship Contention
There is certainly a lot riding on this game when it comes to the Sooners’ future. Given they lost to Baylor, if they lose and Baylor wins Saturday, the Sooners are out of the Big 12 championship.
Furthermore, there is a chance for a lot of movement when it comes to the College Football Playoffs. A loss would guarantee that the Sooners would have no chance of making the final four.
Leading the way for Oklahoma under center is freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. Since taking over for Oklahoma, he has thrown for 1,418 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He has also rushed for 372 yards and six scores.
The leading rusher for Oklahoma is Kennedy Brooks. He has rushed 162 times for 972 yards and ten touchdowns.
Oklahoma State Looking To Spoil Sooners’ Season
Just because the Cowboys are already a lock for the Big 12 championship game doesn’t mean there isn’t an incentive to win. In fact, they need a win to stay in the College Football Playoff hunt and would love to knock out their intrastate rivals.
While Oklahoma State relies mostly on its stout defense, they will still look for a big game from junior quarterback Spencer Sanders. He has thrown for 1,997 yards, 15 touchdowns, and six interceptions thus far this season. He has also rushed for 417 yards and another five scores.
Sanders’ favorite targets are wide receivers Tay Martin (765 yards, six touchdowns) and Brennan Presley (422 yards, five touchdowns). On the ground, the Cowboys are led by Jaylen Warren, who has 1,078 yards rushing and ten touchdowns.
Take Oklahoma State To Win At Home
The biggest concern in this one is the recent play of Sooners’ quarterback Caleb Williams. After taking the nation by storm, he has been a little more inconsistent lately.
In fact, he has thrown for three interceptions in the last two games. Having to face one of the best defenses in the nation, it could be a long day for Williams.
For that reason, take Oklahoma State to both win and cover in this one.