It has been a successful season for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2013 — even though Bob Stoops would say otherwise because a conference title isn’t possible. With a 9-2 record and 6-2 record in conference play, the Sooners have the opportunity to ruin their in-state rival’s BCS title hopes.
Just like the Sooners, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have had a great season. Not usually known as the better football school between the two, the Cowboys have seemingly taken over the state and a win against Oklahoma could put them in position to sneak into the BCS title conversation with an 11-1 record.
Oklahoma was once led by a freshman quarterback until Trevor Knight was injured early in the season, but Blake Bell has taken over and has led the offense to the 100th ranking in passing yards per game. Although he hasn’t passed the ball particularly well, the Sooners still have an opportunity to finish the season with 10 wins. Bell has 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with just five interceptions. Jalen Saunders leads all wide outs with 615 yards and five touchdowns on 51 catches. Brennan Clay leads the 15th-ranked rushing attack with 843 yards and six touchdowns while Damian Williams is close behind with 553 yards and seven scores.
Oklahoma State had somewhat of a quarterback controversy early in the season and as of Oct. 19, it has been settled and Clint Chelf seems to be the guy behind center moving forward. Chelf has passed for 1,592 yards and 14 touchdowns while throwing five interceptions after filling in for J.W. Walsh in the starting lineup. Josh Stewart was considered one of the best wide receivers in the nation prior to the season — and still is — but the numbers haven’t quite been there this season, catching 45 passes for 555 yards and two scores. Desmond Roland leads the run game with 601 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 4.3 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Sooners have been solid in years past and this side of the ball has been a strong point. This season, Oklahoma ranks 21st in points allowed per game as well as ranking 12th in yards allowed per game. Oklahoma State hasn’t been quite as impressive, ranking 12th in points allowed and 55th in yards allowed per contest.
Oklahoma will travel to Oklahoma State to take on the Cowboys at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 7. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma 24, Oklahoma State 30
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