Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Pick and Preview

College Football Betting Preview
Oklahoma (10-1) at Oklahoma State (9-2)
Saturday, 8:00 pm Eastern – ABC

 

SBG Global Opening Line: Oklahoma  - 7 , Total 72

 

Third-ranked Oklahoma will try and move up in the BCS standings on Saturday as they play at rival Oklahoma State. With a win against the Cowboys, the Sooners would almost assuredly get a spot in next week’s Big 12 title game against Missouri.  If they would go on to beat the Tigers they would probably then play in the BCS National Championship game. SBG Global reports that early College Football betting has the public taking Oklahoma on the Road.

 

The BCS standings may be a little tough to understand but there is no doubt that Oklahoma is playing as well as anyone in the country.  They have scored more than 60 points in their last three games.  Quarterback Sam Bradford is now a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy as he has thrown for 3,710 yards and 42 touchdown passes this season. The running game of the Sooners with DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown looks great and even the Sooners defense is playing well.  Oklahoma may need to be firing on all cylinders to win at Stillwater against a very talented Oklahoma State team. “I think they know that they just can’t come in here and manhandle us and we know that we have just as good a chance of winning as they do now, so it isn’t as one-sided and it makes for a better game,” Oklahoma State fullback Bryant Ward said. “We both come in more ready to play, we both prepare harder and I think it gives a better show.”

 

Oklahoma State has only two losses on the season and those were to Texas and Texas Tech.  The question on Saturday will be whether or not the Cowboys offense can keep pace with the high powered attack of the Sooners.  Running back Kendall Hunter has 1,434 yards overall and leads the Big 12 in rushing.  Last year Hunter was held in check as the Cowboys lost to the Sooners.

 

Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Oklahoma State 78-17-7.  Here are more College Football betting stats for Saturday’s game. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. The Sooners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings at Oklahoma State.

 

The Cowboys are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Cowboys are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the two teams.

 

SBG Global Current Line: Oklahoma  - 7 , Total 72

 

The Over is 7-0 in the Sooners last 7 conference games. The Over is 4-0 in the Sooners last 4 road games. The Over is 10-1 in the Sooners last 11 games overall. The Over is 28-8 in the Cowboys last 36 home games.

 

Pick: Oklahoma 4 out of 5 units

Commentary: High Art, Art on the Streets and planters on Tejon Street in Colrado Springs go to website art in the streets

Colorado Springs Business Journal June 24, 2010 | John Hazlehurst Thirty-five years ago, Tom Wolfe wrote “The Painted Word,” an exuberant dissection of “serious” modern art, in theory and practice. Wolfe saw the art world as a cult, complete with acolytes, shamans, and cult leaders – all dedicated to elaborate flim – flammery, to scamming the ignorant and gullible into believing that High Art must be duly certified as such by expert opinion and judgment.

Wolfe didn’t much like the public art of the era, which he later characterized as the “Turd in the Plaza” school of art and architecture.

Developers of the era, forced by building codes to erect slab – sided glass towers surrounded by inhospitable, wind-swept “plazas” of public space, would hire a an artist to design an abstract form and plop it down in the plaza.

Thankfully, our downtown is largely turd-free. We have a general on a horse, a man with a hat, a couple dancing, a famous explorer, two mining magnates, a girl on a mountain bike, three whimsical fountains, two giant paper clips, a bronze bouquet, four enormous sunflowers and lots of other fun stuff.

Happy little backwater that we are, we’ve never paid much attention to art experts.

Alas, that happy state may no longer endure.

The $15,000 grand prize in this year’s “Art in the Streets” competition went to Michael Brohman of Denver for “Earth Mover,” a cast metal (bronze?) replica of a used tire from a piece of heavy equipment, affixed to a rusty steel base. go to site art in the streets

Selected by juror Jan Schall of the Nelson-Atkins museum in Kansas City, it’s a perfect example of meta-art. That is, it’s art which must be understood in the context of High Art Theory. And do you understand High Art Theory? Of course not! That’s why we need experts!

Wolfe’s book was inspired, if that’s the word, by an essay by New York Times critic Hilton Kramer, who wrote “Realism does not lack its partisans, but it does rather conspicuously lack a persuasive theory. And given the nature of our intellectual commerce with works, of art, to lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial-the means by which our experience of individual works is joined to our understanding of the values they signify.” In other words, as Wolfe noted, it’s not the art that’s important- it’s the theory.

But who am I to quibble? I loved the two runners – up, Chris Weed’s “Spores” and John King’s “Silver Snapdragon,” fun, colorful, lively pieces that please, entertain, and entrance – no theory required!

And I have another favorite as well – the enormous terra-cotta planters that have appeared on Tejon Street, which are paid for by the Downtown Partnership and Tejon Street business owners. The planters are overflowing with summer flowers. They’re just right for simple-minded provincial folk such as ourselves, who unaccountably prefer cheerful flowers and brightly colored sculpture to serious, thought-provoking works of High Art!!!

John Hazlehurst

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