Bedlam football: No. 14 OSU at No. 18 OU kickoff time, betting lines, matchup breakdown
No. 14 Oklahoma State at No. 18 Oklahoma
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
TV: ABC (KOCO-5, Cox 8/HD 705, Dish 5, DirecTV 5, U-verse 5/HD 1005)
Radio: OSU — KXXY-FM 96.1; OU — KRXO-FM 107.7 (English), 96.5 FM (Spanish)
Line: OU by 9
Records: OSU is 5-1 overall, 4-1 Big 12; OU is 5-2 and 4-2
The case for the Cowboys: The open week came at the perfect time for a hobbled Oklahoma State squad that needed time for key players like Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard to get healthy from minor injuries. Quarterback Spencer Sanders avoided the turnover bug last time out against Kansas State, and continuing that trend will be critical. With the offense battling injuries — particularly on the line — the defense remains the strong suit for the Cowboys, and the return of safety Kolby Harvell-Peel should provide a boost. The defense must keep pressure on the quarterback and contain the run game.
The case for the Sooners: OU has been the hottest team in the conference over the last month, winning their last four games and moving back into contention for a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game. The Sooners have done it with improvements on both sides of the ball, largely avoiding costly turnovers and running the ball better offensively and bringing pressure from all over the field and racking up sack numbers and turnovers on the defensive side. There’s also OU’s dominance in this series, leading 89-18-7 all-time, 17-4 in the Bob Stoops/Lincoln Riley era, 13-2 in the Mike Gundy era and winning the last five meetings.
Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff writers
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›