Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma NCAAF Week 12 Betting Preview: It’s Bedlam Lite This Year

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Kicker Tanner Brown #49 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates with holder Logan Ward #69 after kicking a 40-yard field goal to help seal the win against the Iowa State Cyclones. Brian Bahr/Getty Images/AFP.

Thanks to a wild and wacky year in the Big 12, this season’s edition of Bedlam has lost some of its lusters, but there’s still value to be found in the NCAAF odds for the clash between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 07:30 PM EST at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

While it may still mean something to the fine folks living in that little patch of land north of Texas, this year’s Bedlam matchup between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners doesn’t hold nearly as much interest nationally as in years past.

Oh sure, Oklahoma State fans will say their team is still in the running for the Big 12 Championship Game, but explaining the confluence of events necessary for the Cowboys to get there would take longer than coaching Stevie Wonder through a Rubik’s Cube.

And Oklahoma fans will tell you that despite the disappointing season, it would still mean be satisfying to pick up a 6th win to become bowl eligible against their longtime rivals, though we’re talking about a lower-tier game like the Armed Forces Bowl.

Early Action on OU

Bettors don’t care about either of those things. Bettors only cared that Oklahoma opened as 7-point chalk, and cared so much about that spread they bet the Sooners up to -7.5 at books such as BetAnySports (visit our BetAnySports Review) where the total is 64.5.

Cowboys’ QB Woes Continue

Part of the reason behind the early wagers on Oklahoma has to do with the Oklahoma State quarterback situation where No. 1 Spencer Sanders continues to be listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

Gunnar Gundy got the start last week against Iowa State but didn’t perform up to his head coach’s (and father’s) standards, and that forced Mike Gundy to turn to the injured Sanders late in the game to bring the Cowboys back for a 20-14 win.

Oklahoma State closed as a small underdog on their own field against the Cyclones and suffered through a dismal day on offense overall with just 244 total yards, 11 first downs, and a couple of interceptions. Iowa State helped matters with five turnovers.

Just who gets the call under center this week remains a mystery. Gundy could trot his son out again while holding Sanders in reserve, or he could throw Sanders to the wolves early and hope the O-line can offer some protection.

Sooners 109th in Nation in Total Defense

Oklahoma is back home after suffering its 2nd consecutive 3-point defeat, the most recent coming last Saturday at West Virginia where the Mountaineers were getting 8.5 on the NCAAF odds and used a backup quarterback to rally for the 23-20 upset.

The Sooners were turnover-free in the contest but saw drive after drive stall when they weren’t able to convert on third down, going just 1-for-11 in that column, and they lost the time-of-possession battle by nearly a full quarter.

Brent Venables’ defense continued to struggle against the run, allowing Iowa State to break the 200-yard plateau and leave the Sooners dead last in the Big 12 (and 119th in the country) with more than 2000 yards against them on the ground.

Totals Split 2-2 O/U Last 4 in Norman

Sooners fans will tell you that while beating their cousins from Stillwater is nice, it really has not been much of a rivalry, that notion is bolstered by the fact Oklahoma has won 90 of the 116 meetings, plus 7 ties.

Oklahoma State does, however, own current bragging rights after the Cowboys rallied with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns a year ago to beat Oklahoma, 37-33, the final pushing a 4-point spread at the best sportsbooks.

  • Oklahoma State’s win last season halted a 6-game win streak in the series by Oklahoma, with the Sooners covering 5 of those triumphs.
  • The 70-point result in 2021 went well past a 51-point total after the previous 2 encounters came up short of the numbers.
  • The Sooners have won 9 of the last 10 meetings in Norman.

Chilly Evening on the Plains

It’s going to be on the cool side for the contest with the thermometer dropping to around freezing by the time the game ends, though the good news is there shouldn’t be much wind Saturday night in Norman and the clear skies will allow for stargazing if the game gets boring.

Can Either Side Find Their Offensive Rhythm?

There just isn’t anything that inspires me to play either the Cowboys or the Sooners, and that leaves a college football pick on the 2 offenses to struggle as they did last week.

NCAAF Pick: Under 64.5 (-110) at BetAnySports (visit our BetAnySports Review)

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