Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012


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Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will clash on the Sooners turf this year. The Cowboys haven't won in Norman since 2001, but that could change this year. After winning last season's matchup, Oklahoma State will come into this one brimming with confidence.

This is going to be fun. Two high-octane offenses will go head-to-head in a fight for bragging rights in a football-hungry state.

Let's preview this one from top to bottom.


Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman OK 

When: Saturday, November 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN 3

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network, Sooner Sports Network

Betting Line: Oklahoma (-7), Over/Under 72.5, according to covers.com


Who Might not Play for Oklahoma State (according to USAToday.com)

TE Justin Horton - Undisclosed - Out for Season

WR Tracy Moore - Ankle - Out Indefinitely

WR C.J. Curry - Shoulder - Out for Season

CB Jonovan Griffin - Knee - Out for Season

LB Jeremiah Tshimanga - Knee - Out for Season


Who Might not Play for Oklahoma (according to USAToday.com)

WR Justin Brown - Head - Questionable

TE Taylor McNamara - Shoulder - Out for Season

OL Nila Kasitati - Knee - Out for Season

FB Marshall Musil - Knee - Out for Season

WR Jaz Reynolds - Suspension - Out for Season

DE Chaz Nelson - Knee - Out Indefinitely

DB Trey Franks - Suspension - Out for Season

OL Tyler Evans - Knee - Out for Season


BCS/Top 25 Implications

Oklahoma, with a win, can come one step closer to a Big 12 title after Kansas State opened the door with its loss to Baylor last week.

That will provide extra motivation for this team, considering that a conference title is its only shot at a BCS bowl game.

Oklahoma State isn't in that position. With two in-conference losses already, the best the Cowboys can hope for is a third-place finish, depending on how Texas finishes the year.

In this game, pride means more than anything. Rivalries are bigger than BCS implications, and this is one of the biggest rivalry clashes of the season.


What They're Saying

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had this to say about Bedlam on the Cowboys website:

We don't have professional football in the state of Oklahoma and so this is the big game. People go to work in orange or red and they pick a side. The players know each other from high school football. Most of the players on our team came from Oklahoma or Texas. They are familiar with each other and the coaching staffs know each other. I think that's why it is different than the other rivalries across the country.

The Sooners are going to be challenged by Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle. He's one of the most dynamic running backs in the nation, and Oklahoma allowed 458 rushing yards last week to West Virginia.

That can't happen again. Defensive end David King had this to say about his team's defense in an Associated Press report (via Sports Illustrated):

It starts with the front seven. I think a couple of times last week, we were caught with seven (defensive backs) on the field and it's kind of hard to play the run. Still, guys have to make plays and guys have to step up. Big-time players make big-time plays on a stage like that. It's something we have to fix. Our pass defense has been pretty good all year. Our run defense hasn't been as stout as our pass defense and it's something we have to pick up these last two weeks, especially with OSU coming in here on Saturday.

King's words are definitely important. In what should be a high-scoring game, defensive stops will be the key to grabbing the victory for each side.

Oklahoma's defense struggled last week, but there is talent there. It will be interesting to see how Mike Stoops' group rebounds.


Who to Watch (Oklahoma State): Clint Chelf, QB

Chelf is the Cowboys' third starting quarterback this season, but he has thrown for 700-plus yards and eight touchdowns in his last three starts.

He will have Joseph Randle to lean on in the backfield, but he still carries a large responsibility in a pass-happy offense. Two of his recent starts have come against lackluster defenses, but the Sooners have more talent than either Texas Tech or West Virginia on that side of the ball.

Oklahoma is going to score points. Chelf must matriculate the ball down the field if he wants the Cowboys to keep up. 

If he doesn't, this game won't be close.


Who to Watch (Oklahoma): Damien Williams, RB

The Sooners have the eighth-ranked passing attack in the nation, but that doesn't mean the ground game isn't important. 

Williams is a dynamic presence in the backfield. He's proven that so far this season with nearly 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Keeping the Cowboys defense off-balance will be big in this one. Landry Jones has the arm to tear apart Oklahoma State's secondary, but he still needs the element of surprise working in his favor.

That's where Williams comes in. Breaking a few big runs will go a long way toward offensive consistency on Saturday.


Key Matchup: Oklahoma State Run Game vs. Oklahoma Defensive Line

Williams is a solid back, but Joseph Randle is a show-stopper. With just over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, he's an electric home run threat in the truest sense.

Oklahoma must man up at the line of scrimmage and take away his space. It's going to be a long day if he's allowed to break into the open field. That's the problem that Oklahoma faced against Tavon Austin and West Virginia last week, and it can't happen again.

The Cowboys will do their best to give Randle room to run. If the Sooners can take that away, Chelf will be on his own to carry the offense.

Playing a one-dimensional offense, no matter how deadly that one dimension is, will give the Sooners a definitive edge.


Who Wins?

The Sooners have too much on both sides of the ball to lose this one. After escaping against West Virginia last week, they won't allow another one to nearly slip here.

If this game was in Stillwater, I might reconsider, but it's not. Jones has help on offense, and Oklahoma holds the advantage on defense as well.

All in all, Oklahoma State simply has too many holes outside of Randle.


Prediction: Oklahoma 49, Oklahoma State 38


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