Each week Sooners Illustrated will set the stage for every game of Oklahoma’s 2016 season. This time around OU welcomes struggling Baylor back to Norman.
No. 10 Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1) at No. 9 OU (9-2, 8-0)
When: 11:30 a.m. CST
Przybylo’s final thought
The college football playoff committee let the world know what it thinks about Big 12 football by dropping the Sooners following the bye.
OK, there’s no playoff spot on the line. Just bragging rights. Just Bedlam. Just a Big 12 title. Just a berth in the Sugar Bowl.
What’s neat, for the lack of a better term, is how well both teams are playing heading into this one, which is exactly what you want when playing for a conference championship.
It’s not last year where there were so many questions about the legs of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon for the Sooners and the injury to Mason Rudolph for Oklahoma State.
These teams have had two weeks to prepare and hopefully will bring their best game possible to showcase there is still a lot of quality football happening in the Big 12.
OSU has a much better run game heading into this showdown and might need it if the weather does turn out to be as dreary as predicted.
The Sooners defense, led by Jordan Evans, has played its best ball in the last four games, especially in terms of getting turnovers.
That’s what you want. Yea, it won’t be perfect. There are going to be rough times for OU fans. Rough times for OSU fans. But in the end, it should be something we all remember as OU aims for Big 12 title No. 10 and the first one (last one?) to occur at Owen Field.
Player to watch
Not beating around the bush here. It’s quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook. The last two weeks have seen OU go all-in on a Heisman campaign for both of them. With the way Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson finished the season, the door is a little ajar right now. OK, Mayfield, Westbrook, show us, show the Heisman voters what you got.
Despite the weather conditions, it’s hard to envision this game staying in the 20s. Just so much firepower offensively on both sides. The key will be OU’s defense being opportunistic once again. A couple of turnovers could make this game change in a hurry. A healthy Jordan Evans could be the catalyst to something like that. OU takes Bedlam, takes home the title in one final score-happy thriller in the Big 12, 49-41.