|Running back Joseph Randle is looking to run Oklahoma State's streak over rival Oklahoma to two straight. (US Presswire)|
Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Spread: Oklahoma by 7
Watchability: Bedlam had been dominated by Oklahoma until last season when Oklahoma State won for the first time since 2002. The gap is narrowing between the schools. The Cowboys need two wins to get to nine victories for the fifth straight year. Both have a chance at the Big 12 title, which Bob Stoops has won in every even-numbered year since he took over at OU. Stoops has seen some streaks end this season. He lost at home against a ranked team for the first time. Could his even-yeared streak be next?
Shining stars: Oklahoma State -- RB Joseph Randle. The Cowboys have to feel like they can run on the Sooners after West Virginia's Tavon Austin went for 344 rushing yards in his first game as a running back. Last season, Randle went for 151 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma. The Big 12's leading rusher has slowed a bit lately. Randle opened the season with six 100-plus-yards rushing efforts in OSU's first seven games. In the past three, he has been held under 100 yards each week. He did run for 91 yards, a touchdown and 5.4 yards per carry last week against Texas Tech. Oklahoma -- QB Landry Jones. Jones is coming off the best game of his career, throwing for 554 yards and six touchdowns against West Virginia. That did come against a defense that ranks 120th nationally against the pass. Still, Jones is playing his best football. He has 12 touchdowns in his last three games and his touchdown on fourth-and-3 in the final minute was a signature moment in his career.
Who could steal the show: Oklahoma State -- QB Clint Chelf. If Chelf qualified, his 165.9 QB rating would be the best in the Big 12 this season. The Cowboys' offense has been at its best with Chelf under center, scoring 114 points the last two weeks. The fact that he's been around for two Bedlam games should also help him going into a hostile environment in Norman. OU's defense had allowed only three passing TDs all season until Geno Smith threw for four last week. Oklahoma -- S Tony Jefferson. Jefferson led the Sooners with 12 tackles last week, but he took the blame for OU's performance on defense. Jefferson wrote on his Twitter account: "Horrible game by me, you can start the bashing I deserve it." Mike Stoops tries to sneak Jefferson toward the line of scrimmage to help with run defense and Jefferson excels in that spot. The Sooner defense certainly took a hit to its pride and will come out motivated. If one player could make a big difference, it's Jefferson.
You going? Ranking the road trip: This is as good as it gets. A potential championship is on the line, and Oklahoma has the payback factor after losing 44-10 last season.
Magic number for Oklahoma State: 40. The Cowboys have allowed more than 40 points in their three losses.
Magic number for Oklahoma: 2. Jones has at least two passing touchdowns in all eight of Oklahoma's wins. Jones had only one touchdown in a loss to K-State and didn't score against Notre Dame.
This game comes down to: The quarterbacks. Quarterback play has been so important to both teams this year. Points are going to be scored. Which quarterback limits mistakes could be the key. In the games that Oklahoma has lost, Jones has struggled to get going. In Oklahoma State's three loses, the team's QBs have thrown eight interceptions.
Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 34
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