On Saturday night, Oklahoma will welcome Oklahoma State to Memorial Stadium in a big rivalry game that has real implications in the Big 12. Can Oklahoma continue their offensive explosion and cover at the best betting sites against the Cowboys?
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 7:30pm EST at Memorial Stadium
There are some intriguing games on Saturday’s college football slate. But it doesn’t get any better than this. Oklahoma State against Oklahoma. Rivalry game. Big 12 seeding game.
This One Is Important
Oklahoma State took a loss to Texas earlier on October 31 in overtime but bounced back to defeat Kansas State, 20-18. The offense has been a bit suspect recently behind Spencer Sanders. Sanders has been sacked eight times in his last two games against Texas and Kansas State and couldn’t even throw for a touchdown against Kansas State.
The longest play of the day for Sanders, throwing the football was a 22-yard completion. Of course, the Cowboys aren’t known for their passing. They’re known for their rushing behind one of the best running backs in college football, Chuba Hubbard. Oklahoma State is averaging 190.5 yards per game on the ground as Hubbard has 581 yards and five touchdowns.
Hubbard has only rushed for 4.6 yards per carry, which seems a bit low for the premier running back. Oklahoma has been creamed for their defense in recent years, but they’ve actually done well stopping the run game on defense.
Oklahoma has allowed just 98.6 yards per game on the ground. That’s half of what Oklahoma State gains per game on the ground. Clearly, the run game will be a factor.
Which Side Flexes Their Muscles?
Oklahoma’s offense has been ridiculously good as of late. Sure, they’ve faced poor defenses, but scoring 60 points in back to back games is no easy feat.
Oklahoma dropped 62 on Kansas and Texas Tech in back to back weeks and are now averaging 515 yards per game and 46.1 points per game. Spencer Rattler was destroyed earlier in the season, but he has come around for Oklahoma at quarterback. The freshman has thrown five touchdowns and just one interception in his last three games. Protecting the football has been key for Oklahoma and Rattler as he struggled earlier in the season with interceptions.
The Sooners also run the ball for 165 yards per game and against Oklahoma State, they’ll have room to run. Oklahoma State allows 142.2 yards per game on the ground, which is clearly not good and pretty surprising.
Both teams have areas where they’ve looked really good this year. Oklahoma has a fantastic pass rush but the coverage has lacked. If Sanders is able to get rid of the ball quickly, Oklahoma State’s offense can do damage. Of course, the run game will put in work and get to at least 100 yards on the day. But can the passing game get flowing?
On the other hand, Oklahoma State has been great in its passing coverage, and the pass rush has been effective. Oklahoma enjoyed 62 points each in their last two games, but don’t expect that in this game. The Cowboys have a better defense than the Sooners, but it’s going to be hard to stop a fierce offense in Oklahoma, where they’ve looked terrific blocking up front and have made play after play recently.
When looking at the lines for this game, it’s hilarious to see that the total for this game is set at 59.5 when Oklahoma scored 62 points in each of their last two games. With that said, Oklahoma State has looked suspect recently. They’ve scored just 24 against Iowa State, found a way to score 34 (in overtime against Texas), and then scored 20 against Kansas State.
Oklahoma’s offense should do enough to win this game by multiple touchdowns, at home, in a rivalry game that Oklahoma really needs to win.