Oklahoma Sooners

Looking at Bedlam betting lines since 1999

Looking at Bedlam betting lines since 1999

Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon, right, scores as Oklahoma State cornerback A.J. Green, left, defends, late in the fourth quarter an NCAA college football game to seal the win for Oklahoma in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Oklahoma won 62-52. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

It’s safe to say Oklahoma has dominated the Bedlam series.

The Sooners own an 87-18-7 record against Oklahoma State. Since Bob Stoops’ first season as OU’s coach, the Sooners are 15-4 against the Cowboys. Mike Gundy is only 2-11 against OU in his 14 seasons as OSU’s head coach.

But what have the betting lines looking like for these games? The Franchise looked back at Bedlam since 1999 to find out where the lines have been at kick time for each game and how the teams performed.

Les Miles became OSU’s coach in 2001. After the 2002 season, he had as many victories against OU as Gundy has ever. In 2001, Miles went to Norman as a 27-point underdog and defeated the Sooners, 16-13. The next season in Stillwater, OSU knocked off a 15-point favorite OU team, 38-28.

Since 1999, OU has been favored by more than 20 points in three seasons. OSU came away victorious outright in two of those (2001, 2014).

The 2014 season was the Tyreek Hill game. If Stoops hadn’t punted again to Hill, the Sooners would be on a six-game winning streak heading to Saturday’s contest.

For the 2018 game, OU opened as an 18-point favorite. That’s would be the fourth-highest line since 1999 if it holds before kickoff.

While Stoops was coach, he was an underdog only three times (2010-11, 2013). The Sooners won outright in two of those seasons. The other one, the 2011 Cowboy team, is the best Cowboy team of all-time.

Unless you count that 1945 national championship team.

OSU has been favored four times since 1999. Its record in that span? 1-3.

During the same time, the Sooners are 9-6 against the spread, though they captured wins in 12 of those 15 games.

Out of the Cowboys four wins, two have come at in Stillwater and two in Norman.

When the Sooners won the national championship in 2000, they defeated OSU 12-7 despite the line being -26 in favor of OU. It truly went against the saying of “Good teams win, great teams cover.”

If betting Saturday’s game and looking at recent trends, OSU has twice won outright when the spread was -18 or more in favor of the Sooners. In the latest game of the aforementioned trend, former OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph led the Cowboys past OU in Norman in overtime in 2014 against a Cody Thomas-led Sooners’ squad. OU’s leading receiver in that game? Blake Bell.

Only once has there been a shutout since 1999, in 2009 when Landry Jones, Demarco Murray and Ryan Broyles led the OU offense to a 27-0 win in Norman.

The next instillment of Bedlam begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from Owen Field. Heisman Trophy candidate Kyler Murray leads the Sooners against an OSU team looking to play spoiler and secure a bowl bid. The game will be televised on ABC.


What: Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-4) at No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1)

Where: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman, Oklahoma)

When: 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday

TV: ABC (Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay)

Radio: OSU broadcast: 96.1 KXY, Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen); OU broadcast: 107.7 KRXO, Sooner Radio Network (Toby Rowland, Teddy Lehman, Gabe Ikard, Chris Plank and Merv Johnson)

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