After putting together excellent seasons, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have one final chance to improve their BCS ranking when they take the field on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Unlike most of the big conferences, the Big 12 doesn't feature a championship game at the end of the year, but that doesn't make this upcoming rivalry game any less significant.
The Sooners have an outside shot at being invited to a BCS bowl game with an upset victory over the Cowboys on Saturday. Heading into the game with a record of 9-2, Oklahoma is currently the No. 17-ranked team in the BCS standings, but a win could boost its stock significantly.
On the other side, Oklahoma State will lock in a berth in the Fiesta Bowl with a win as the Big 12 champion. With a record of 10-1, the Cowboys are the No. 6-ranked team in the nation and come into Week 15 with a seven-game winning streak.
The atmosphere at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday will be electric for this upcoming rivalry game, and both teams will surely leave nothing on the field.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action, along with injury reports for both teams, a look at the biggest key to victory and a final prediction.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.
Live Stream: Watch ABC
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 57 points
- Spread: Oklahoma State (-9.5)
Oklahoma Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Aaron Colvin||DB||Prob Sat - Shoulder - 12/3/13|
|Blake Bell||QB||Prob Sat - Concussion - 12/3/13|
|Lacoltan Bester||WR||Ques Sat - Suspension - 12/1/13|
|Jordan Evans||LB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 12/1/13|
|Keith Ford||RB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 12/1/13|
|D.J. Ward||DE||Ques Sat - Stomach - 12/1/13|
|Trey Metoyer||WR||Out indefinitely - Disciplinary - 10/16/13|
|Corey Nelson||LB||Out for season - Pectoral - 11/2/13|
|Jake Reed||OL||Out indefinitely - Suspension - 8/26/13|
Oklahoma State Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Austin Hays||WR||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 12/1/13|
|DeMarcus Sherod||LB||Out for season - Knee - 9/5/13|
|Larry Stephens||S||Out for season - Leg - 9/3/13|
|Devin Davis||OL||Out for season - Knee - 8/27/13|
Will Freshman Trevor Knight Outplay Senior Clint Chelf?
Quarterback play will be a major determining factor in this game. Both teams like to run the ball on a regular basis, and their quarterbacks are a big aspect of that equation, in addition to being competent passers.
The Cowboys have been surging on offense since Clint Chelf took over as the starter, scoring 47.8 points per game in their last five. The dual-threat quarterback has scored 16 touchdowns (11 passing and five rushing) during this stretch.
Freshman Trevor Knight has brought excitement to Oklahoma's offense the past two games, leading the Sooners to 89 points against Iowa State and Kansas State. He's totaled 437 yards and three touchdowns during this stretch.
It remains to be seen if the young Sooners quarterback will be able to keep up this impressive run on such a big stage, however. The crowd noise at Boone Pickens Stadium will be unlike anything he's ever experienced before.
Conventional wisdom suggests the senior quarterback for the home team is more likely to have a big game under these circumstances.
The Cowboys are a superior team on paper.
Featuring an offense that scores more points per game (41.2 points compared to 31.7) and a defense that allows fewer points per game (18.8 points compared to 21.1), Oklahoma State should have no trouble dispatching its Big 12 rival at home.
Which team will win?
The last time the Cowboys took the field, Baylor was helpless to stop the streaking Chelf, who passed for 370 yards with three touchdowns. During the same game, Baylor's nation-leading scoring offense was held to just 17 points, thanks in large part to three forced turnovers.
Oklahoma's veteran defense could keep the Sooners in the game during the first half, but the home team will run away with it down the stretch for a blowout win.
Oklahoma State wins 42-24.
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