NORMAN, Sporting Alert – No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 10 Oklahoma State go head-to-head in the Bedlam showdown for the Big 12 conference title at Memorial Stadium in Norman on Saturday.
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Both teams still have College Football Playoff aspirations but will need to deliver something exceptional to play into the minds of the selection committee.
The Sooners (9-2, 8-0) are undefeated in conference play this season and enter this home battle with the Cowboys on an eight-game winning streak.
Led by two guys who can make big plays, Heisman applicants Baker Mayfield, one of the nation’s leading quarterback, along with wide man Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma will begin this matchup as the favourite.
“This past year has been filled with a lot of excitement,” Westbrook said.
The senior added: “My years of college are almost finally up. I’m happy for that, but I’m not ready to leave the University of Oklahoma.”
Bob Stoops’ men have a 73 percent chance to win against Oklahoma State this weekend, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, but the home side isn’t expected to be handed the game.
If Oklahoma manages to win today, head coach Stoops would earn his 10th Big 12 title, which is more than home losses (9) while in charge of the Norman program.
According to OU sports information service, the Sooners are 100-9 in Norman since Stoops took over in 1999, which is the second-best home record in the FBS during that spread behind Boise State, at 108-5.
Interestingly, since the hiring of Stoops in 1999, no other program has more than two Big 12 college football championships, while no school has more than three.
Oklahoma is coming off a 56-28 win over then-No. 10 West Virginia on the road on Nov. 19, while the Cowboys beat TCU 31-6 in their last outing.
Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) is on a seven-game winning streak and will be hoping to make life very difficult for Oklahoma on its own turf.