Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma Preview
The Bedlam Series takes on a larger meaning with the Big 12 championship at stake, though both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will need a win and plenty of chaos ahead of them in order to sneak into a College Football Playoff spot. The seventh-ranked Sooners attempt to polish off an undefeated conference slate and add another top-10 win to their resume when they host rival 10th-ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday (Enter Contest).
Oklahoma’s losses in two of the first three games are haunting the team in the rankings. The selection committee isn’t seeing enough from the No. 2 scoring offense (45.3 points) in the country to vault the Sooners over four Big Ten teams, two Pac-12 teams, Alabama and Clemson ahead of them in the standings. The Cowboys’ case for inclusion in the final four includes the hope that the committee will consider that its 30-27 loss at home to Central Michigan in Week 2 should not be counted against their record because the Chippewas never should have been awarded the final play on which they scored the game-winning TD. But both teams know that they won’t have any case for inclusion at all without a win on Saturday. The road team took each of the last three in the series.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (9-2, 7-1 Big 12)
The Cowboys were bidding for a spot in the Playoff last season before dropping their final two regular season games, including a 58-23 home loss to the Sooners. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was hobbled by a foot injury and only available on a limited basis in last season’s meeting. He’s fully healthy now and enters the weekend second in the Big 12 in passing yards (3,591) and third in TD passes (25). Wide receiver James Washington is second in the conference in receiving yards (1,159) and fourth in receiving TDs (nine).
ABOUT OKLAHOMA (9-2, 8-0 Big 12)
Ahead of Rudolph in TD passes in the Big 12 is Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, who owns 35 scoring passes along with six rushing TDs. He guides an offense averaging 49 points in conference play. Mayfield ran for a pair of TDs in a 56-28 triumph at West Virginia last week as Oklahoma piled up 316 yards on the ground, with Samaje Perine (160 yards, two TDs) and Joe Mixon (147 yards, one TD) leading the way. Wide receiver Dede Washington leads the Big 12 in receiving yards (1,354) and receiving TDs (15).