Back before the season started when we saw the potential of what this early version of Bedlam could be, before both teams lost at home against other Big 12 foes, this was supposed to be the game of the year.
But both teams are seemingly more vulnerable than we previously thought and it’s probably accurate to think maybe both haven’t lived up to the highest of high expectations put upon both.
Yet here we are. Both teams are still in position to win the Big 12. Both teams are still in position to make the College Football Playoff.
The teams might be different, the situation isn’t. The winner is gonna go to the Big 12 title game. The loser is pretty much eliminated from not just the national title race, but the Big 12 race, too.
Now, Oklahoma still has a home game left against TCU. OSU still has to go on the road to Iowa State. Much to be decided, of course. It starts Saturday.
Predictions start now.
With all the talk about offenses, and there has been plenty, the Oklahoma defense is on display.
By kickoff, 1. you will have already criticized Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops twice and 2. have been less than impressed by one of the many, possible uniform combinations the Cowboys have chosen.
The past two games Oklahoma has been overmatched, uninterested and/or un-motivated on defense right after the coin flip. Kansas State got out to a huge lead. Texas Tech scored 20 first-quarter points. 3. Saturday will be different. Oh, it’s not like the Sooners turn into the ’85 Bears, 4. but OU’s defense won’t look like Texas Tech either. 5. OSU will score a touchdown in the first quarter. 6. Oklahoma will score a defensive touchdown in the first quarter. 7. Stoops will not be offered an extension to be the defensive coordinator through the 2031 season.
Oklahoma State heads into this game with the better defense, a lot of it based off the fact it held a toothless Texas team to 10 points. Now, did the Cowboys play well in Austin? Sure they did, but this isn’t group isn’t the ’85 Bears either, and by the end of the first half 8. no one will be thinking this game is going to come down to a defensive stop. 9. Count on five or more touchdowns in the first 30 minutes combined by the two teams.
A season ago, Oklahoma State was the better team in the first half and folded up in the second half. The opportunities were there for the Cowboys, despite the fact it was rainy and cold in Norman. Weather won’t be a factor in Stillwater today. 10. Gundy will be. 11. And that’s a good thing, not a bad thing for OSU fans.
Saturday, you’ll see:
12. Gundy go for it at least once on fourth down in the first half.
13. Run either a fake punt or fake field goal.
14. Throw it deep often. Including once on OSU’s first drive of the game.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has the better offensive line and also has Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Mayfield looks like a Disney villain with his silly face lettuce, but what Mayfield also does, in addition to being the most-hated guy in Stillwater, is back it up. 15. Mayfield will throw for at least three touchdowns. 16. And for more than 350 yards. 17. He’ll also throw an interception.
This game is a toss-up. The stars will show up. 18. OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph will throw for three touchdowns, too, but this game will be determined when 19. Gundy out-coaches Riley. 20. Give the points, OSU covers and Cowboys win 34-30.
Last week: 9-11. Check my math here.