Big 12 Championship Game: OU football vs. Iowa State broadcast info, betting lines, matchup breakdown
Big 12 Championship Game
No. 11 OU vs. No. 7 Iowa State
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TV: ABC (Cox 8/HD 705, Dish 5, DirecTV 5, U-verse 5/HD 1005)
Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7 (English), 96.5 FM (Spanish)
Line: OU by 5½
Scouting Iowa State
Record: 8-2 (8-1 Big 12)
Best player: Breece Hall has been the top offensive player in the Big 12 this season, with a FBS-best 1,357 rushing yards, scoring 17 times. Hall has gained at least 91 yards in every game this season, including 139 and two scores in the Cyclones’ 37-30 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 3. The Sooners hadn’t allowed an opponent to rush for that many yards since Kansas’ Pooka Williams had 252 yards against them in 2018. Hall is averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
The case for the Cyclones: Iowa State already beat the Sooners once this season and are playing their best football of the season, entering the title game — its first — on a five-game winning streak. A big part of Iowa State’s late-season surge has been the improved play of Brock Purdy. During this winning streak, Purdy has completed 72% of his passes, an 11% improvement over the first five games of the season.
The case for the Sooners: While Iowa State is in its first Big 12 Championship Game — playing for a chance to win its first conference title since 1912 and its first outright conference title ever — the Sooners have plenty of experience in conference title games. The Sooners are 3-0 in the title game since it was reinstated for the 2017 season. Overall, OU is 10-1 in the Big 12 title game. The Sooners’ rush defense is No. 4 in FBS, allowing just 88.1 yards per game. The Cyclones took advantage of OU’s secondary in the first meeting, but the Sooners have built much more depth there since that game, with Woodi Washington moving into the starting lineup and the roles of Tre Norwood, Jeremiah Criddell and D.J. Graham expanding. That should help the Sooners better contend with Purdy’s targets, especially big tight end Charlie Kolar.
Ryan Aber, Staff writer
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