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Oklahoma, Oklahoma State set to battle for Big 12 title

For the second-consecutive year, Bedlam will save face for the Big 12 Conference and act as the pseudo conference championship game in the final regular season game for both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

The Sooners and Cowboys will go to battle on the gridiron on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The game will be aired nationally by Fox Sports with the weather forecast calling for a high of 50 degrees and a low of 34 degrees with an 80 percent chance of scattered rain showers throughout the day.

OU and OSU come into the game with the same overall record at 9-2 but Oklahoma is 8-0 in Big 12 play, while the Oklahoma State is 7-1. The winner of this year’s version of Bedlam will be crowned Big 12 champions and be guaranteed a spot in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans with an outside chance of making the College Football Playoff if teams in front of them fall on Saturday.

“The Big 12 championship is always your primary goal to start with because it’s not easy to do,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in his weekly press conference on Monday.

Gundy echoed Stoops’ comments on a Big 12 championship but went a step further and talked about what Bedlam means to this state in his weekly presser on Monday afternoon.

“I think what’s encouraging for the state of Oklahoma is that for a considerable number of times over the last six years, these two schools have gotten together to decide a conference championship, and I don’t think we can ask for anything else,” Gundy said. “Tulsa’s having a great year too, so you have three schools that are having fantastic seasons, have very exciting players and give the state a lot to think about. We have four million people and we don’t have professional football in the state; although, of course everybody loves Dallas right now. That gives us something to do outside of what we do, but it’s a big game. As you watch over the last week and a half when they put up the College Football Playoff standings and you have Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in that top 10, that’s a tremendous financial and marketing advantage for those universities and the state of Oklahoma.”

Gundy has been a part of 26 Bedlam games, both as a coach and a player, which is the most out of anyone in history.

The Sooners enter Saturday’s contest being ranked seventh nationally. Offensively, OU is averaging 45.3 points per game and 550.8 yards per game. They are passing for 322.7 yards per game and rushing for 228.1 yards per outing. They have amassed 276 first downs and are converting 52 percent of their third-down opportunities and 45 percent of their fourth-down chances. They have committed 16 turnovers this season with eight being fumbles and eight being interceptions.

In the rushing department, Oklahoma is led by running back Joe Mixon, who has 1,128 yards and seven touchdowns on 157 carries. Fellow running back Samaje Perine has carried the ball 142 times for 748 yards with 10 touchdowns on the year and third-team running back Abdul Adams has 296 yards on the ground on 56 carries.

Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield has completed 222 passes out of 311 attempts for 3,381 yards with 35 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

Through the air, OU is led by receiver Dede Westbrook, who has 70 receptions for 1,354 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Mixon is second in receiving with 30 catches for 430 yards and four touchdowns and receiver Mark Andrews has 421 yards and six touchdowns on 28 receptions.

In the scoring department, Westbrook leads the way for Oklahoma with 98 points this season and Mixon leads in the All-Purpose yards category with 195 yards per game.

Defensively, the Sooners are allowing 30.5 points per game and 443,1 yards per game. They are allowing 287.5 passing yards per outing and 155.6 rushing yards. They have allowed 237 first downs and have allowed teams to convert 45 percent of their third-down chances and 50 percent of their fourth-down opportunities. They have forced 16 turnovers, which include eight fumble recoveries and eight interceptions.

In the tackling department, Jordan Evans leads for OU with 81 on the season. Emmanuel Beal had 71 tackles and Obo Okoronkwo has 58 tackles.

Evans also leads in interceptions for Oklahoma with four on the year. Steven Parker has two and Jordan Thomas and Will Sunderland each have one on the season.

Okoronkwo leads in sacks with seven this season. Evans, Jordan Wade and Matt Romar are tied with two and half and Beal has two on the year.

On special teams, Austin Seibert is the place kicker and punter for the Sooners this year. Seibert has connected on 10 of 14 field goals, 62 of 64 PATs and is averaging 41 yards per punt.

Westbrook returns punts for OU and is averaging 19.8 yards per punt return and Mixon is the most dangerous kick returner for Oklahoma averaging 25.7 per kick return.

The Sooners have been penalized 52 times this year for 525 yards, while their opponents have been penalized 78 times for 618 yards.

Oklahoma State enters the game with OU with 10th overall national ranking. Offensively, they are averaging 40.36 points per game and 500.4 yards per game. They are averaging 335.18 yards through the air and are rushing for an average of 165.2 yards per game. They have amassed 267 first downs and are converting 44.31 percent of their third-down chances and 33.33 percent of their fourth-down opportunities. They have committed 14 turnovers, including 10 fumbles and four interceptions this year.

In the rushing department, Justice Hill leads the way with 980 yards and five touchdowns on 171 carries. Chris Carson has 413 yards and seven touchdowns on 59 carries and Rennie Childs has 243 yards and seven touchdowns on 48 carries.

Cowboy quarterback Mason Rudolph has completed 251 passes out of 391 attempts for 3.591 yards with 25 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year.

Through the air, OSU is led by James Washington with 60 receptions for 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns. Jalen McClesky has 67 catches for 746 yards and seven touchdowns and Jhajuan Seales has caught 31 passes for 492 yards and three touchdowns.

In the scoring department, Ben Grogan leads the way with 101 points as the place kicker for the Pokes this season.

Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing 27.18 points per game and 441.4 yards per game, including 249.36 yards passing on average and 192 rushing yards. They have allowed 252 first downs this season and are allowing teams to convert 38.55 percent of their third-down chances and 39.13 percent of their fourth-down opportunities. They have forced 23 turnovers, which include 10 fumbles and 13 interceptions.

In the tackling department, Jordan Sterns leads the way for OSU with 77 on the year. Devante Averette has 73 tackles and Ramon Richards has 58 this season.

Sterns and Richards are both tied at the top in interceptions with three apiece this season. Jordan Burton is next with two on the year. Justin Phillips, Lenzy Pipkins, Kevin Henry, Derrick Moncrief and DeQuinn Osborne each have one apiece.

Vincent Taylor leads the way in sacks for the Cowboys with five and a half. Traulund Webber has five and Osborne is third with three and a half sacks.

On special teams, Grogan is 17 of 21 in field goal attempts this season and 53 of 53 of his PATs. Zach Sinor is the OSU punter this season and is averaging 42.7 yards per punt.

Barry Sanders Jr. is the punt returner for the Pokes and is averaging 12.57 yards per return. Sanders Jr. is also the best kick-off return player for Oklahoma State. He is averaging 20.86 yards per kick return.

Oklahoma State has been penalized 61 times this year for 579 yards and their opponents have been flagged 60 times for 517 yards.

Oklahoma owns the tradition in the Bedlam Series with a record of 87-18-7 against the Cowboys. Sooner head coach Bob Stoops holds a 13-4 record against OSU in his 17 games against the Pokes, while Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is just 2-9 overall against Oklahoma.

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