Big 12 Previews

Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma: Preview and Prediction

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Oklahoma Sooners.

GAME INFO

Saturday, November 19, 2022; 6:30 p.m. CT; Oklahoma Memorial Stadium; Norman, Oklahoma

TV: ABC (Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill)

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb, Robert Allen); Sooner Sports Radio (Toby Rowland, Teddy Lehman, Gabe Ikard, Chris Plank)

Records: Oklahoma State (7-3, 4-3); Oklahoma (5-5, 2-5)

Rankings: Oklahoma State No. 22 (CFP Top 25); Oklahoma unranked

Last Week: Oklahoma State 20, Iowa State 14; West Virginia 23, Oklahoma 20

Series History: Oklahoma leads 90-19-7

Last Meeting: Oklahoma State 37, Oklahoma 33 (2021)

Favorite: Oklahoma (-7.5)

Fun Fact: The last time the Sooners met OSU when OU was unranked in the AP poll was in 2009 in Norman, a 27-0 win over the No. 11 Cowboys.

 

KEY PLAYERS

Oklahoma Sooners

QB Dillon Gabriel

Dillon Gabriel has struggled in back-to-back games, with turnovers being an issue against Baylor and accuracy issues showing up again in Morgantown. Against West Virginia, he had the excuse of playing in the pouring rain, as that seemed to give both quarterback issues. However, Garrett Greene carried his team to victory, while Dillon Gabriel was unable to make enough big plays when the Sooners needed him to. Gabriel will get opportunities against Oklahoma State’s defense, it’s just a matter of whether or not he will take advantage of them. One positive? There’s no rain in the forecast on Saturday.

LB Danny Stutsman

Oklahoma hasn’t had much to write home about defensively in 2022, but over the last few weeks, it appears that linebacker Danny Stutsman is starting to take strides in becoming the next great linebacker to play under Brent Venables. Just a sophomore, Stutsman leads the Sooners in tackles this season with 91 stops, including 49 solo stops (31st nationally), is tied for the team lead with two interceptions and ranks third on the team with two sacks on the year. Stutsman is young and still makes his fair share of mistakes, but his flashes are promising. If he continues to improve and takes another jump this week, it would go a long way in helping the Sooners get that elusive sixth win.

 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

QB Spencer Sanders

Last week, Spencer Sanders didn’t start against Iowa State but he did finish the game and led the Cowboys to a 20-14 win over the Cyclones. It was quite odd that Gunnar Gundy drew the start if Sanders was available, but perhaps he was only available if absolutely necessary. Well, outside of one long

S Kendal Daniels

Redshirt freshman safety Kendal Daniels had his official breakout game last week against Iowa State, as the former four-star prospect out of Beggs (OK) put on a show. Daniels co-led the team in tackles (10) had one forced fumble and one interception against the Cyclones and earned All-Big 12 honors with the performance. The Pokes will lean heavily on Daniels again in Norman this weekend, as he brings length and athleticism to a defensive backfield that has been searching for a difference-maker. If Daniels can make life hard on the Sooners’ offense, it could help the Cowboys to their eighth win of the year.

 

KEY STORYLINES

Oklahoma Sooners

Can Oklahoma play complementary football? Over the course of the season, it has seemed like one side of the ball will play well for the Sooners, only to crumble when it is needed most. Last week, Oklahoma’s defense actually played very well in the first half against West Virginia, but the offense was nowhere to b found as the Sooners mustered just a 12-6 lead at halftime despite stopping the Mountaineers on their first six drives. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma offense managed just three points in its first six drives. That cannot happen against Oklahoma State this weekend, or else Oklahoma will be in jeopardy of missing a bowl game for the first time since 1998.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

What version of Spencer Sanders will we see on Saturday? He came in and gave Oklahoma State a spark against Iowa State, but he was still clearly nursing a shoulder injury. Will he be limited in the running game against Oklahoma, or will he be a full-go? Sanders’ health will be a huge storyline in this game, as it could literally decide a close football game. If Gunnar Gundy or Garrett Rangel are forced to jump into action in Bedlam it could put the Cowboys in a tough spot. However, if Spencer Sanders can remain in the game and play his game, it will give the Pokes a good shot at beating OU in back-to-back years.

PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA 34, OKLAHOMA STATE 33

Given how both teams have looked over the last four games, this could be an ugly game. Bedlam is typically high-flying, fast-scoring pandemonium, and we might just get that again as both defenses are among the nation’s worst. However, both offenses have fallen quite a bit down the stretch too, so I imagine this game will have its fair share of big plays, but a lot of mistakes on both sides. Most of the time, I have a good feel for games, or at least I feel that I do. With this game, I have no idea how to feel, and truly feel that this could be a coin flip. Because of that, I’ll take the home team to win by one point as Oklahoma finally gets to bowl eligibility.

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