Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 match-up in our Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma preview and prediction.
November 27, 2021; 6:30 pm; Boone Pickens Stadium; Stillwater, OK
TV: ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Holly Rowe)
Radio: Sooner Sports Network (Toby Rowland and Teddy Lehman); Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunzicker and John Holcomb).
Spread: OSU by 4
Records: Oklahoma 10-1 (7-1 in Big 12); Oklahoma State 10-1 (7-1 in Big 12)
Rankings: OU is No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 9 in AFCA Coaches Poll; OSU is No. 7 in both polls.
Last Week: OU defeated Iowa State 28-21; OSU defeated Texas Tech 23-0
Fun Fact: The Sooners hold a series lead of 90-18-7, the most lopsided intrastate advantage in the country. Oklahoma also owns a six-game winning streak in the series.
Running Back Kennedy Brooks
After two sluggish games where Brooks rushed for a combined 90 yards against Texas Tech and Baylor, the redshirt junior picked up 115 yards on 17 carries last weekend against Iowa State. Brooks, who leads OU with 972 rushing yards and 10 TDs, will need to have a successful game against the Pokes for the Sooners to open up the passing game.
Punter Michael Turk
Turk leads the Big 12 with a punting average of 52.7 yards per boot. He doesn’t qualify for the NCAA’s list of 3.6 punts per game, but he would be the national leader if he did. Turk has kicked 26 times, with 16 of them traveling 50 yards or more, and 10 were downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He had 6 punts average 54.8 yards against Iowa State last Saturday, and half of them inside the 20.
Safeties Patrick Fields and Delarrin Turner-Yell
Both seniors logged a combined 17 tackles, and each intercepted a Cyclone pass last weekend. Fields’ interception came on the final play to squelch Iowa State’s late-game threat. DTY leads the Sooners with 3 picks, and Fields is second on the team with 2 interceptions and 67 tackles.
Defensive Tackle Jalen Redmond
The redshirt sophomore returned a fumble 42 yards just before halftime against the Cyclones to put OU ahead, 14-7. Redmond also logged a sack, and 4 quarterback hurries last Saturday. He missed five games due to injury this season. In the games where Redmond was in the lineup, the Sooners’ sack numbers per game more than doubled—from 3.7 to 1.4.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Running Back Jaylon Warren
The redshirt senior and transfer from Utah State leads the Cowboys with 1,078 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Warren was held to 37 yards against Texas Tech last Saturday, but like the Sooners, a strong performance this weekend should open the passing game.
Wide Receiver Tay Martin
Martin, a senior, had 7 receptions for 130 yards against Tech. He leads the Pokes with 54 catches for 765 yards and 6 TDs.
Linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez
The senior leads OSU with 89 tackles, including 9.5 stops for loss. Rodriguez also has logged 9 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and recovered 2 fumbles.
Defensive Ends Brock Martin and Collin Oliver
Martin, a redshirt senior, and Oliver, his backup as a freshman, each leads the Pokes with 10.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Oliver leads with 6.5 sacks, and Martin has logged 6 sacks.
The Sooners held on to defeat Iowa State by a touchdown last weekend. QB Caleb Williams has struggled with his aerial attack the last two weeks. The freshman signal-caller has completed 47 percent against Baylor and Iowa State for a combined 229 yards with only one touchdown and 2 interceptions. Williams also was sacked a combined 7 times the last two weeks. He will have to return to his magical wizardry from earlier in the season against the Big 12’s best defense. Riley needs to allow Caleb Williams to improvise—maybe a bunch of quarterback draws.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
OSU has locked down a bid to its first Big 12 Championship Game on December 4. The Cowboys can’t get complacent, and doubtful they will. OSU boasts the best defense in the league and ranks second nationally by allowing 14.9 points per game; and third by yielding 267 yards per outing. The Pokes have allowed three of their last four foes to 143 yards or less, including last week’s best performance of holding the Red Raiders to 108 total yards.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 20 Oklahoma 13
A victory by OU puts them in a rematch in the Big 12 Championship Game. A loss and the Pokes will meet Baylor at Jerry World. OU coach Lincoln Riley will have his work cut out for him to scheme against a great defense. OSU had the better record and higher ranking a year ago, but the Sooners prevailed, 41-13. The same scenario in 2013, when the Pokes were ranked No. 6—12 slots higher than OU. The Cowboys also were favored by 10 that year, but the Sooners pulled off the upset, 33-24. OSU coach Mike Gundy seems to get conservative when playing his in-state rival. He, too, needs to open the playbook and allow his offense to confuse OU’s defense. The Sooners have been too inconsistent throughout this season. Injuries have hampered players on both teams’ O-line. This is where the game will be won—in the trenches. The performance of the O-line will determine the outcome.