Point spread: Oklahoma State -3.5
The Oklahoma Sooners square-off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in not only a battle for annual state bragging rights, but for this season’s Big 12 Conference title. The kick-off for this showdown is set for 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
While Oklahoma’s shot at playing for a national title ended with losses to Texas Tech and Baylor, its 6-2 straight-up record in the conference has it in position to claim the Big 12 title with a win on Saturday night. The Sooners are 9-2 SU overall and 6-5 against the spread. The total has gone 6-5 in their 11 games this year.
If they are to pull-off the upset against their rivals on the road, the Sooners will need one more strong effort for Landry Jones, who has already thrown for 4,052 yards and 28 touchdowns. Although his favorite target Ryan Broyles was lost for the season with a knee injury, look for Kenny Stills to come up big in his place.
Oklahoma State still has an outside shot at playing for a national title, but its crushing 37-31 overtime loss to Iowa State two-weeks ago as a 26.5-point road favorite pretty much ended its chances. The Cowboys still boast a 10-1 SU record and are 8-3 ATS. The total has gone 4-5-2 in their 11 games this season.
This is another team that has a potent passing attack with an average of 401.6 yards per game. Brandon Weeden has led the way with 4,111 yards passing and 34 touchdowns, while Justin Blackmon has hauled-down 103 receptions for 1,241 yards and 15 TD’s.
The Sooners are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of their last seven games on the road.
The Cowboys are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games as favorites at home. The total has stayed ‘under’ in their last seven games following a SU loss.
Head-to-head in this series, the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six games and the home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of the last five games at Oklahoma State. Stick with the well-rested Cowboys to come out on top in this shootout in a home victory that just covers the 3.5 points.
The Pick: Oklahoma State 38 Oklahoma 34
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