(9-2, 6-5 ATS)
Oklahoma State Cowboys
(10-1, 9-2 ATS)
There will be Bedlam in Stillwater on Saturday night, and the stakes really have never been higher for both the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys than they are in this NCAA football betting battle. The winner of this one will win the Big XII South and move on to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big XII Championship Game.
The Sooners have sort of fooled around for most of the season, as we know that these guys were good enough to win the BCS Championship this year, particularly if one loss teams or squads like the Boise State Broncos and/or TCU Horned Frogs end up playing for all the marbles. Over the last two weeks though, Oklahoma has finally woken up, dropping 98 points on the board against the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Baylor Bears. Though the defense has struggled for most of the campaign, the offense has certainly not. Had the Sooners had just one fewer loss on the year, QB Landry Jones would probably have been a Heisman Trophy contender. Winning this game and the Big XII Championship might get the job done as well. He has had a great second year in Norman, throwing for 3,479 yards and 30 TDs against just seven INTs. Part of his problem though, is that RB DeMarco Murray is probably going to be stealing some votes. Murray has rushed for 973 yards and 14 TDs, while he is third on the team in receiving with 494 yards and five scores. There aren’t many in the nation that can say that they have had better years at wide out than WR Ryan Broyles, though. Broyles has caught 106 passes for 1,309 yards and 12 scores.
The one man that we know has better numbers than Broyles is WR Justin Blackmon for the Cowboys. Blackmon will get to the 100 reception mark in this game in all likelihood, as he has 94 catches for 1,560 yards, and 17 scores. These numbers are made all the more impressive by the fact that he was suspended for one game. This isn’t a one man offense, though. QB Brandon Weeden has been the man throwing Blackmon the football all season long. He has completed 67.7 percent of his passes and will hit the 300 completion mark on the campaign this week. With 220 yards, he’ll be at 4,000 yards as well. Weeden has matched Jones with 30 TDs, though he has been picked off ten times. On the ground, RB Kendall Hunter has rushed for 1,461 yards and 16 scores. Sound like a lot of offense? That’s because it is. Coming into this week, the Pokes are averaging 552.0 yards per game this year, good enough for the top offense in America, and their 45.3 points per game average is third in the land.
If justice is served, the Cowboys will win this game. This is the first time that Oklahoma State has been playing Bedlam for the right to play for the Big XII Championship in school history, and though it has been playing all season long like a team deserving of a spot in the BCS, Oklahoma hasn’t. Expect a shootout that is ultimately won by the hosts in dramatic fashion.
College Football Free Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys -2.5