The Oklahoma Sooners make their fourth consecutive appearance in the Big 12 title game for a rematch with the Iowa State Cyclones. Iowa State won the first showdown between the two programs back in October by completing a stunning fourth-quarter comeback in Ames.
Currently ranked No. 10 by the College Football Playoff committee, Oklahoma does not appear to have a path to a national title this season. The Sooners lost two games early in the season while freshman signal-caller Spencer Rattler dealt with growing pains. Since then, the offense has largely returned to its customary level of dominance. While that won’t save Oklahoma’s title hopes for this season, it does bode well for future years.
Conversely, Iowa State has positioned itself for its first College Football Playoff appearance if a few things break right elsewhere this week. The Cyclones currently rank sixth in the nation and, with a win over the highly rated Sooners, could conceivably jump into the top four with little more than an Ohio State or Clemson loss.
Those stakes make the Big 12 title game one of the most compelling matchups of the entire season.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Oklahoma versus Iowa State on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET on ABC, or you can stream it via the ESPN app or here with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Oklahoma -5.5 vs. Iowa State
Point Total: 58
Money line: Oklahoma -220, Iowa State +170
- Since 2019, Iowa State has a 3-2-0 record against the spread as an underdog (0-1-0 in neutral-site games).
- Also during that time, the Cyclones have an over record of 2-3-0 as the underdog (0-1-0 in neutral-site games).
- Since 2019, Oklahoma has an 11-11-0 record against the spread as the favorite (1-3-0 in neutral-site games).
- During the same stretch, the Sooners have an over record of 10-11-0 as the favorite (2-2-0 in neutral-site games).
Oklahoma: (53% of handle, 52% percent of bets)
Iowa State: (47% of handle, 48% percent of bets)
The Best Bet
Oklahoma looks like a more dangerous team now than it did during the early season loss to Iowa State. Lincoln Riley owns his conference’s title game in a way few others can claim.
Pick: Oklahoma -5.5
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