It’s time to take a look at the upcoming Big 12 match up in our Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State preview and prediction.
When: Saturday November 10th, @ 2:30 P.M. CT
Where: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma
TV: ABC (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
Radio: Sooner Sports Network (Toby Rowland)/Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker)
Fun Fact: The Sooners have not lost a November game since November 8th, 2014, making it 14-straight wins this month. Since 2000, OU is 58-11 in November.
RB Justice Hill
Hill had his best game in a month in last week’s loss to Baylor. He rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries for a 6.6 ypc clip, along with a touchdown. Hill is third in the Big 12 with 99.4 rushing yards per game and will look to get going this weekend against the Sooners to try and open up the passing game.
DB Rodarius Williams
Who’s going to stop Cee Dee Lamb and Marquise Brown? Well, Rodarius Williams will be asked to stop one of them. The 6′ redshirt sophomore is fourth in the Big 12 with 10 passes defended, which ties last year’s mark which was an Oklahoma State record for a freshman. He also had an interception last week against Baylor, his second of the season and of the past four games.
QB Kyler Murray
He’s the Heisman front runner. Don’t believe us? Read this for real facts, not fake news, and information. Last week against Texas Tech he got off to a rough start, but rebounded to become the first player in OU history to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 in a single game. He also accounted for four touchdowns, three passing, in the win.
LB Curtis Bolton
We always talk about Kenneth Murray, so let’s show Bolton some love since he gets underappreciated. Bolton ranks third in the Big 12 and 20th nationally with 10.2 tackles per game. He has burst onto the scene this season. His 92 tackles are 76 more than he had in his career entering this season.
Who is going to show up? Oklahoma State has played up and down to competition this season with losses to Kansas State and Baylor, with a win over Texas in between. But for the Cowboys, they need to figure out how to stop the running game of the Sooners which is the best in the Big 12 Conference, averaging 247 yards per game. If last week is any indication, it could be a long afternoon for the Cowboys, who gave up nearly 250 rushing yards to the Baylor Bears. For the season, OSU is ranked sixth in the Big 12 in rushing defense.
The Sooners struggled in the secondary last week, but Brendan Radley-Hiles and Kahlil Haugton are back in the line up this week, which will be needed against the wide receivers that Mike Gundy has to work with in Tylan Wallace and Tyron Johnson. They’ll be needed to assist cornerbacks Tre Brown and Tre Norwood. If OU can lock down the deep plays by Taylor Cornelius, stopping OSU’s solid running game just became a lot easier.
Oklahoma: 52 Oklahoma State: 31
I know it’s a rivalry game, but Oklahoma State is a weird place as a team this season and Mike Gundy has struggled against OU his entire career. Now he takes one of his mediocre teams into Norman against a motivated Soones team that is still eyeing a Big 12 Championship and a College Football Playoff appearance. No shot. I don’t see how OSU slows down the most efficient offense in America and with OU getting healthier in the secondary, it’s unlikely Cornelius will be having himself a big day down the field. Plus, OU had a bit of a scare in Lubbock last week. This team will be fully focused and roll to a big win.
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