The Oklahoma State Cowboys remain the best option the Big 12 has to sneak into the College Football Playoff, but they have plenty of obstacles to get through till then, starting on Saturday night when they head on the road to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.
Oklahoma State enters with a 5-1 overall record including 4-1 in conference play, while Oklahoma is 5-2 this year and 4-2 in the Big 12. After consecutive losses, the Sooners have been on a roll with the offense leading the way in four straight victories.
So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Oklahoma heads into Saturday night’s contest as seven-point favorites, but that’s not where the money is going among DraftKings bettors. And 80% of the money is siding with the Sooners to cover at home.
Is the public right? No. With the way Oklahoma has been playing, it should find a way to win this game by more than a touchdown. The Sooners are a significantly better offensive team, averaging 6.5 yards per play, which ranks 23rd in college football, while Oklahoma State is No. 84 in that category averaging 5.2 yards per play.
Bedlam usually features quite a few points, and it becomes a shootout early. The point total is at 59.5 for this game, which is unusually low for this rivalry, and bettors are all over the over for this game with 86% of bets rooting for points. However, only 69% of the money is going to the over.
Is the public right? No. Oklahoma State is far and away the best defensive team in the Big 12 and ranks ninth in the country in yards per play allowed at 4.3. The Oklahoma offense is impossible to shut down completely, but the Cowboys will do just enough to keep this game blow the total.
Oklahoma’s moneyline odds are currently sitting at -275 with Oklahoma State at +195. Eighty-six percent of the money is going to the Sooners, and 67% of the bets are on their side as well.
Is the public right? Yes. Oklahoma should win this game, but Oklahoma State might be worth a moneyline wager. The Cowboys should have more motivation go to into this game and get the win, but they have won two of the last 17 meetings between the two in-state rivals.
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