In one of the premier games of the college football season, the 9th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys host the 13th ranked Oklahoma Sooners for a spot in the Big 12 championship game. Led by their two powerful offenses, these teams have in essence a one game playoff. Both teams are coming off wins, with the Cowboys knocking off Kansas and the Sooners beating Baylor. The Cowboys are a 2.5 point favorite in the college football odds.
The Oklahoma Sooners are led by quarterback Landry Jones and wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Jones has thrown for almost 3,500 yards with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Much of that production has gone to the record setting Broyles. He has 106 catches for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. DeMarco Murray is the leading rusher with 973 yards and 14 scores to provide a balance to this offense.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys’ offense ranks 1st nationally in total yards and 3rd in scoring. They have their own “Big Three”, much like the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990’s. Quarterback Brandon Weeden has 3,780 yards passing with 30 touchdowns and 10 picks. Receiver Justin Blackmon is one of Broyles’ few rivals, catching 94 balls for 1,560 yards and 17 touchdowns. The last piece of the puzzle is running back Kendall Hunter who has 1,461 yards and 16 scores.
Neither defense has been dominant this season, with the Sooners allowing 20.4 points and the Cowboys giving up 26 points per game. The Sooners have struggled more against the run, while the pass has been the problem for Oklahoma State.
The fate of the season boils down to this game, with a potential conference title and bragging rights on the line. Offense should dominate the day with so many talented playmakers in one game.
College Teams: Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys
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