OU outlasted its in-state rival last season in a 62-52 pointfest that saw both teams trading explosive plays for the entire 60 minutes. The over/under for this year showdown in the Sooner State sits at 79, a fraction of the 114-point assault on the scoreboard executed by the two squads last season.
Once again, neither team is playing well on defense this year, raising the possibility of yet another marathon game. Oddsmakers are suggesting OU won’t have to sweat nearly as much this time around, though. In an up-and-down year for the Cowboys, they’d love nothing more than to hang a rare notch in the Sooners’ loss column.
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Oklahoma -18
1. Turning up the pressure
Oklahoma State presents a study in contrasts when it comes to pressuring quarterbacks. The Cowboys themselves do it well. Through nine games, they have accumulated the most sacks in the nation, 33.
OSU also has allowed nearly that many sacks, 27, this season. That ranks 112th in the country.
How the Sooners combat OSU’s pressure and get after Cowboys QB Taylor Cornelius will help determine the outcome of this game in a big way. Outside of six sacks against Baylor, Oklahoma has managed just six in five other Big 12 games.
2. Keeping Kyler Murray calm
Murray is actually one of the coolest customers you’ll find in college football this season – or any other, for that matter….