Saturday, November 21, 2020, Gaylor Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. ET
Cowboys at Sooners Betting Preview: Cowboys (+6.5), Sooners (-6.5)
Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview
The No. 14 Cowboys (5-1, 4-1 Big 12) are in a rare position in this meeting compared to recent years.
Usually, for them to win the Big 12, the Cowboys would probably have to knock off the Sooners twice — in the regular season and again in the conference championship game. But Oklahoma’s early losses to Kansas State and Iowa State have changed that.
Oklahoma State likely would need to beat the Sooners just once to have a shot at their first conference title since 2011 and their second in more than 40 years.
A win would not only put the Cowboys in the driver’s seat for their first Big 12 Championship Game berth, it also would virtually knock the Sooners out of contention, ending their five-year run of conference titles with two regular-season games remaining.
The Cowboys’ offense has struggled with consistency and is coming off a 256-yard performance in a win over Kansas State. Oklahoma State hadn’t had that few yards in a game since 2014.
While the Cowboys’ Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace, at running back and receiver, are still capable of game-breaking plays at any moment, both have been banged up recently and three Oklahoma State offensive linemen are injured, two replaced by freshmen.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders will be making his first appearance against Oklahoma after after missing last year’s Bedlam due to injury.
Even without that big-game experience, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy feels comfortable with the progress of his sophomore, especially when it comes to Sanders handling adversity.
“He’s turned (180 degrees) from where he was at this time last year,” Gundy said. “We needed him to adjust his composure sometimes when things don’t go well.”
Oklahoma Sooners Betting Preview
Spencer Rattler was sitting out last year as a redshirt for Oklahoma when the Sooners and Cowboys met in the annual Bedlam game, but he picked up some valuable big game experience this fall when rallying the Sooners (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) to a comeback win over Texas after two early turnovers got him benched in the second quarter.
Rattler’s maturity has showed as the No. 18 Sooners go into this game on a four-game winning streak.
“Spencer’s pretty level-headed,” Oklahoma H-back Jeremiah Hall said of Rattler. “He reminds me of Kyler (Murray). Kyler was never too high or too low, and Spencer typically has that same mindset.
“Obviously, he celebrates the touchdowns and is happy when we make a play and things like that, but it’s never over the top and never somewhat nervous or anything like that.”
It figures that Rattler needs to play a solid game for the Sooners against the Cowboys, who have one of the top defenses in the country. Oklahoma State has allowed an average of just 311.5 yards per game. The Sooners have averaged 515.
Back-to-back losses to start conference play put the Sooners in a difficult position, but they have responded climbed back into contention.
“Should be a lot of fun here in Norman on Saturday night,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “Can’t wait to play.”
Cowboys at Sooners Betting Pick for November 21, 2020
The Sooners are going for their sixth consecutive win in the Bedlam series after winning last year’s game 34-16 in Stillwater. The Cowboys’ last win in Norman was 38-35 in overtime in 2014, and they also took the Sooners to overtime in 2012 before losing 51-48.
Cowboys at Sooners Betting Pick:
Sooners 38, Cowboys 24
Cowboys at Sooners Best Bet for November 21, 2020
The Sooners have averaged 52.5 points a game during its current four-game winning streak. The Cowboys have averaged just 28 points a game for the season and are coming off a 20-18 win over Kansas State.
Cowboys at Sooners Best Bet: OVER 58.5