It’s the Bedlam Series and we will see the Oklahoma State Cowboys go to war with the 7th ranked Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won this game on the road last year by a score of 62-52.
The Cowboys enter this contest off a 35-31 road loss to the Baylor Bears, while the Sooners are off a 51-46 road win over Texas Tech.
Cowboys Absorb Tough Road Loss To The Bears
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have had a mediocre season so far as they come in at 5-4 overall and just 2-4 in league play. They still have plenty to play for as they are one win away from bowl eligibility, plus they would love to officially knock Oklahoma out of the Playoff conversation. The Cowboys come in off a hard-fought 35-31 road loss to the Baylor Bears. The Cowboys outgained the Bears 513-402 but still came up a bit short on the scoreboard. Their offense has led them all year as they come in ranked 10th in the nation in total offense, 19th in passing, 41st in rushing and 17th in scoring, putting up 38.3 ppg.
.@OfficialTylan2 is the 9th Cowboy in school history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season.
— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 3, 2018
Taylor Cornelius leads the offense as he has thrown for 2617 yards with 20 TDs and eight INTs and could have a big game against the 91st ranked pass defenses of the Sooners. The running has been solid and Justice Hill (895 Yards, Eight TDs). If he has a big game, then Cornelius could have a huge game. The defense has been average so far and it will have to step up if they hope to take down the Sooners. That will not be easy as no one has been able to stop that offense. OSU comes in 66th in total defense, 87th against the pass, 52nd against the runs and 83rd in points allowed, giving up 29.9 ppg.
Sooners Win Wild One Against Texas Tech
The Oklahoma Sooners are still in the chase for a playoff spot, but they must win out if they hope to have a chance. Standing in their way this week will be their counterparts from the great state of Oklahoma. Standing in their way last week was Texas Tech on the road and the Sooners were nearly upset as they won the game by a score of 51-46. It was a wild game and that is nothing new as those teams have played some high-scoring games. These two teams are also sued to putting up points as last year’s game saw 114 points scored between the Sooners and Cowboys. Will we see that again? We shall see. The Sooners rolled up 683 yards against the Red Raiders and they have now scored 50+ points in three straight games.
#Bedlam always a battle.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 5, 2018
Kyler Murray threw for 363 yards with three TDs and two INTs in the game. He is having a phenomenal season so far as he has thrown for 2689 yards with 31 TDs and five INTs, while also rushing for 574 yards and seven TDs. He leads an offense that ranks 2nd in the nation in total yards, 12th in passing, 12th in rushing and 3rd in scoring, putting up 49.1 ppg. Trey Sermon will also be one to watch as he has rushed for 722 yards and eight TDs. He ran for 206 yards and three TDs against TT last week. The defense has been average this year and will have to be better than average if they hope to slow down a potent OSU offense. They allowed 366 yards passing to the Red Raiders last week. OU is The Sooners are 91st against the pass this year while allowing 27.9 ppg, which is 74th in the nation.
- 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
Oklahoma State is:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am aware that money has come in on the Sooners in the early going, but I am not scared at all. The Sooners have an unstoppable offense, but their defense is not that good and they showed that last week against Texas Tech. They will now take on another powerful offense that is more than capable of putting up enough points to keep this one close. This is the Bedlam Series and the Cowboys are playing for bowl eligibility, which should motivate them enough to keep the game within the big number. The clincher is the fact that the road team is 5-1 ATS the last six in this series.
Prediction: Oklahoma State +18.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Last year’s game put up 114 points and Oklahoma’s last three games have averaged over 80 ppg. The Sooners have scored 50+ points in each of their last three games and they are capable of doing so in this one. The Cowboys have a strong offense that has averaged 38.3 ppg on the year and they are very capable of putting up that number on a suspect Oklahoma defense. The Over is 11-2 in Oklahoma State’s last 13 games in November and 40-19-1 in Oklahoma’s last 60 conference games.
Prediction: Over 76.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Sooners are the better team, but this is a heated rival and I feel that the Cowboys will be able to keep the game within the big number and it starts in the first period. The Sooners have an unstoppable offense, but their defense is suspect and that will allow the Cowboys to stay close.
Prediction: Oklahoma State +13
Half-Time Total Bet
I like the Over for the whole game, but most of the scoring will be done in the 2nd half. This is a huge game for both teams and they will feel each other out early one, which will keep the scoring down in the first 30 minutes.
Prediction: Under 42