The only thing standing between No. 5 Oklahoma and Big-12 championship plus a ticket to the College Football Playoff is a win over No. 9 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game in Stillwater on Saturday night.
Following back-to-back wins over then-No. 6 Baylor and then-No. 18 TCU, the Sooners are in the driver’s seat to win the conference and grab one of the coveted spots in the CFP, where they are currently No. 3 in the most recent rankings. Without the opportunity to pad their resume with a conference championship game, beating the Cowboys remains the Sooners' only way of ensuring they aren’t left out of the final four.
The Cowboys emerged victorious in last year’s game 38-35 in overtime and are looking for a repeat performance that would end Oklahoma’s chances at the CFP while padding their own resume for an outside shot at making it back into the national title conversation. The Cowboys currently rank No. 11 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
Sooners running back Samaje Perine leads a running game that tallies the third most rushing yards in the Big-12 (225.1) per game. Perine has racked up 354 yards and three scores over the past two weeks while Oklahoma rushed for 574 yards as a team. Oklahoma goes up against a Cowboy defense that allows 170.8 rush yards per game but allowed 304 yards on the ground to Baylor last week.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to play after having to leave last week’s game with a concussion. Before his exit, Mayfield threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his touchdown total to 33. The Sooners average 44.6 points per game while the Cowboys have allowed 26.4 points per game but have given up 76 the past two weeks.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 430 yards and three scores, his third straight game eclipsing the 300 yard plateau. He leads a Cowboy offense that has scored at least 30 points in ten straight games against a Sooner defense that allows a conference-best 20.4 points per game.
The Cowboys managed just eight yards of rushing offense against Baylor while Oklahoma ranks No. 1 in the Big-12 in rush yards allowed (150.7) per game.
Oklahoma comes into the Bedlam game having won six in a row while Oklahoma State looks to avoid back-to-back losses after beginning the season 10-0.
Start Time: 8 p.m.
TV Channel: ABC
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