No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Oklahoma State isn’t just the newest chapter of Bedlam, one of the best rivalries in college football. It’s also a matchup with massive implications on both the national and Big 12 levels.
Kickoff for the in-state rivalry game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch FS1 online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for a free trial of one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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It’s Bedlam, so it’s must-watch football. The last two games in this series have ended with big Oklahoma wins, but it doesn’t take much effort to find some instant-classic Bedlam moments. Like the Cowboys’ 38-35 overtime victory aided by Tyreek Hill’s late 92-yard punt return touchdown in 2014, or the Sooners’ 51-48 scintillating shootout win just two years earlier.
When Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet, you are not only promised an intense rivalry-game atmosphere, but you’re promised points. The point totals in the last five matchups between these two teams have been 99, 57, 71, 81 and 58, and there’s no reason to believe this one–which has an over/under of 76–will be any different.
The Sooners are fifth in the nation in points per game (42.9), first in yards per game (586.1) and first in yards per play (8.1). The Cowboys rank third in the country in points per game (44.5), second in yards per game (574.1) and third in yards per play (7.4).
Baker Mayfield has yet to throw for under 280 yards in a game and owns a sparkling 23-to-3 TD:INT ratio. Mason Rudolph has six 300-plus yard games and a TD-to-INT mark of 22:5. They are, respectively, first and eighth in America in passing yards, second and third in yards per pass attempt, and second and fourth in QB rating.
Two explosive offenses. Two Heisman-candidate quarterbacks. Two teams that really don’t like each other.
And then to make things even better, you add in the high stakes. With Oklahoma and OSU both sitting at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference, the loser on Saturday is all but eliminated from college football playoff contention, while the winner will retain hope of a Big 12 title and a spot in the Final Four.
With all due respect to Penn State and Michigan State, or Alabama and LSU, or USC and Arizona, there’s nothing better than Bedlam this weekend in the college football world.