In a college football season marked by historic uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing you can rely on is that annual rivalry games will play a major role in the landscape. Another such contest awaits Saturday as the No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Sooners host the No. 18-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2020 Bedlam game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium. The rivalry has been dominated by the Sooners, who have won five straight meetings and hold an 89-18-7 edge in the all-time series.
The Sooners are seven-point favorites, down from opening at -9.5, and the over-under for total points scored is 60.5 in the latest Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before making any Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine's Josh Nagel, given the success he's had picking these teams.
A Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in college sports and has been a consistent winner for SportsLine members. Last year, he went 82-61-1 on his against-the-spread college football picks to give his followers a profit of nearly $2,000.
What's more, he has had a keen eye for the trajectories of both Big 12 programs, posting a 19-5 record on against-the-spread-picks involving either Oklahoma State or Oklahoma over the past three seasons. This run of success includes telling SportsLine members to back Texas (+3.5) at Oklahoma State three weeks ago. The Longhorns managed a 41-34 overtime win to give Nagel's followers another Big 12 winner. Anyone who has consistently followed him is way up.
Now, Nagel has set his sights on Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State and the Bedlam Series 2020 matchup. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma:
- Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State spread: Oklahoma -7
- Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State over-under: 60.5 points
- Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State money line: Oklahoma -250, Oklahoma State +205
- OSU: The Cowboys have covered five straight games as road underdogs.
- OU: The Sooners have covered four of the last five meetings in this series.
Why Oklahoma can cover
Although the Sooners are reputed for their high-profile quarterbacks generating their lofty offensive numbers, the emergence of a dominant running game has made the difference in their recent reversal of fortunes.
Rhamondre Stevenson has been a dominant force since returning from an NCAA-mandated, six-game suspension that carried over from last season. The senior is averaging 8.0 yards per carry and has given Oklahoma explosive plays from the backfield while running for five touchdowns. He also has provided versatility with receptions in the passing game as a reliable check-down option for quarterback Spencer Rattler.
Stevenson ran for a team-high 87 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners racked up 213 rushing yards in their 62-28 win over Texas Tech. He had 11 carries for 104 yards and two scores in a 62-9 win over Kansas, while adding four catches for 60 yards. The Sooners lead the Big 12 with 20 rushing touchdowns and are No. 5 in rushing yards at 165 per contest.
Why Oklahoma State can cover
Coach Mike Gundy's teams are historically known for their gaudy offensive numbers alongside a suspect defense that usually prevents the Cowboys from competing for the Big 12 title. Their recent meetings with Oklahoma are a prime example of this dynamic, as they have allowed at least 34 points to Oklahoma in losing the last five in the series. The Sooners are averaging 48 points per contest against the Cowboys during this span.
However, the Cowboys have done something of an about-face this year as injury issues among both the offensive line and playmakers has caused their offensive production to dip. But they have made major strides on the defensive side, improving their scoring average from 26.8 points per game last year to 17.8 this season. They are tied with West Virginia for the lead in Big 12 scoring defense and tied for sixth nationally among FBS teams that have played at least six games.
A seasoned secondary has been the strength of the unit. Junior safety Tre Sterling has 39 tackles, two passes defended and an interception. Fellow safety Kolby Harvell-Peel has a team-high two interceptions to go along with 11 solo tackles two passes defended.
How to make Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State picks
Nagel is leaning under on the total, and he's also found a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma? And which critical x-factor has Nagel jumping all over one side of the spread? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma spread to jump on Saturday, all from the Big 12 expert who is 19-5 on spread picks involving these teams, and find out.