With the final week of the college football season upon us, championship week provides some interesting drama in the Big 12 on Saturday. Three teams have a chance to win the conference and take home a trip to a BCS Bowl game. According to Sportsline.com, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are 10 point favorites over the Oklahoma Sooners.
While the Oklahoma Sooners have a chance to play the spoiler role on Saturday, the AP notes that the Sooners have a (82-18-7) record over the Cowboys in the Bedlam series. The Sooners have also won nine out of the last 10 games in the series.
In reality, Oklahoma State should be playing for a spot in the national title game. However, the prevailing thought is that the Cowboys missed out on their chance with one bad day in Morgantown. The Cowboys are one of five one loss teams playing on Saturday.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
When: Saturday Dec. 7, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium
Everything was set up for the Sooners to win the Big 12 this season. Then their offense never mustered up a quality passing game. In the two losses, Oklahoma’s offense really failed to show up when the game’s were on the line. Now they have to perform well in freezing temps. That means Oklahoma must utilize the running game heavily. If they have to depend on the passing game, it can get ugly. However, if they can create some spark with big plays through the air, Oklahoma will stay in the game.
Defensively, Oklahoma has made plays most of the season. However, they haven’t been able to stymie the offenses of the best teams in the conference. This will be their last chance to do so. The Sooners must play a physical brand of defense to contend with the Cowboys’ offense.
They dealt with the cold elements very well against Baylor a few weeks ago. They should have a similar game plan on Saturday. Clint Chelf has really taken the reigns as the signal caller in the second half of the season. With 18 total touchdowns, Chelf has to maintain the game early on. Desmond Roland and Jeremy Smith have combined for 19 rushing touchdowns. They may be the difference when it’s all said and done.
Defensively, Oklahoma State is strong against the run, but they don’t have as much success against the pass. Yet, they have the athletes to control the game on every level of the defense. Expect the defensive backs to press the receivers. Oklahoma State must prevent the big plays by Oklahoma’s passing game.
Oklahoma State has an easy objective on Saturday. If they win, they are going to the BCS. A loss means that the winner of Texas and Baylor will represent the Big 12 in the BCS. Although Oklahoma doesn’t consider themselves the underdog, they’ll love to knock off Oklahoma State one more time. This time the Cowboys earn a victory.
Oklahoma State 31