Oklahoma Sooners (7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1 SU, 5-3 ATS)
College Football Week 10
Date and Time: Saturday, November 4th, 2017 4:00 PM ET
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium Stillwater, OK
by Keith F., Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: OU +3/OKST -3
Over/Under Total: OFF
The Bedlam Game is one of the biggest Big 12 rivalry match-ups when it comes to history and pageantry. This season it has College Football Playoff and Big 12 Conference Championship implications on the line, as the loser of this game will likely be eliminated from both. The stakes couldnt be higher as the #9 Oklahoma Sooners travel downstate to the #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This contest is one that will interest many across the country and it will be broadcasted on FS1. The kick-off time is scheduled for its normal mid-afternoon slot with a start of 4:00 PM ET. Its the Pokes against Boomer Sooner. The Crimson and Cream against Big Orange. Norman against Stillwater. With all the superlatives attached to this rivalry series, the Bedlam Game has been controlled by the Sooners as they have won eight of the previous ten contests between both parties. Most recently, Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State in 2016 by a score of 38-20 in Norman. As a whole the Sooners have been a profitable bunch in this contest as they are 9-3 ATS in the previous 12 encounters of both sides and they are 5-1 ATS in their last six trips to Stillwater.
The Cowboys will pay no attention to those analytics as the Gundy Bunch continue to win and do so convincingly. After the Pokes snuck by the Texas Longhorns in overtime by virtue of a 13-10 victory in Austin, Texas, Oklahoma State would take it to West Virginia in Morgantown. The Cowboys would defeat the Mountaineers by a score of 50-39 where they outduelled WVU on its turf. The Cowboys own one of the most dynamic set of skill players in America in a now Heisman-contender quarterback Mason Rudolph, a leading FBS rusher in running back Justice Hill, and the nations best receiver James Washington. These three are a part of an offensive unit that now sits second in America in total yards per game and passing yards per game. The Pokes are fourth overall in scoring offense with an incredulous 44.5 points per game.
The Sooners continue to slither by after losing in epic fashion in Norman to Iowa State. But if there is one thing that Oklahoma can do, it is generate offense like their friends in Stillwater. Oklahoma owns the best unit in America in total offense while owning the third best passing attack in the country led by the arm of quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Sooners average a measly 42.9 points per game (we say that tongue-in-cheek). Very simply, this contest is going to be a full-fledged shootout and nothing short of a spectacle for audiences to revel in. Oklahomas most recent outing was more convincing compared to some of the other questionable performances assembled this season. OU would roll Texas Tech by a score of 49-27 in Oklahoma last Saturday to successfully cover a 20.5-point line at the close.
In the early going we have seen an extensive lean on the Sooners even though the market has not reacted to it yet. Very simply, the consensus is not used to seeing Oklahoma casted as an underdog. While it may have been justified in the public eye with regards to Ohio State, there is a lack of acceptance when it comes to the Pokes. With the public enamored with Oklahoma in this spot, many red flags will be raised. Generally, when the public gravitates toward a dog in high profile games such as this there is usually trouble awaiting the takers.
If there was a time for a changing of the guard in the Big 12, the time certainly seems ripe. With TCU and Iowa State also in the mix, Oklahoma will have many darts to dodge on the backstretch of their schedule. Iowa State has already answered how it stacks up to the Sooners. Now its States turn. The talk of the year with the Pokes was whether or not they can win the games that really count. This one sets as the perfect stage to correspond to that inquiry. Oklahoma State will look to substantiate those claims that they were a dark horse for the College Football Playoff and they can do so by sending one of college footballs blue blood packing. Well take the Cowboys.
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