Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma vs. Iowa State | Big 12 Championship Storylines, How To Watch, Odds, & Predictions

M. Hofeld

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Kickoff: 11:00 AM CT

Location:  AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Television: ABC

Storylines

  • Oklahoma owns a 76-7-2 all-time record against Iowa State and is 15-2
    in the series in the Big 12 era. The Sooners’ .906 series winning percentage against ISU is the best by one Power Five program against another (minimum of 50 games played).
  • Today’s game will mark the first OU-ISU contest not played in Norman or Ames.
  • Thirteen of OU’s last 14 wins in the series have been by at least 10 points.
  • This year’s Oklahoma squad is looking to become the fifth in program history to win a conference title with two league losses. The four occasions it happened were in 1976 (5-2 in Big Eight; shared with Colorado and Oklahoma State) and 2002, 2007 and 2010 (6-2 in Big 12; won Big 12 Championship games). No OU team has ever won a conference title after a 0-2 league start.
  • A Saturday win would mark OU’s sixth straight league crown. The last time the Sooners won at least six consecutive conference championships was 1972-80 under head coaches Chuck Fairbanks (1972) and Barry Switzer.
  • Oklahoma’s current streak of five straight outright league championships is tied for the longest among Power Five programs since Alabama won five in a row from 1971 to ’75 (Clemson is also riding a five-game outright streak[ACC]). The last current Power Five program to win six straight outright conference titles is OU (12 in a row from 1948 to ’59).
  • Every Oklahoma freshman class from 1999-2018 has won at least two Big 12 championships.
  • A win today would give Lincoln Riley 44 in his head coaching career, one more than the previous OU record for a fourth-year head coach (Bob Stoops went 43-9 [.827] in his first four seasons at OU [1999-2002]).
  • In the six games since their Oct. 3 loss at Iowa State, the Sooners rank fourth among Power Five teams with their 46.6 points per game.
  • OU has scored at least 27 points in a school-record 61 consecutive contests.
  • Today will mark just the fourth time for Oklahoma to face a team it lost to earlier in the same campaign, and the Sooners are 2-1 in the rematches.
  • Today’s game will mark just the fifth in the series in which Iowa State is ranked in the AP poll, and first that ISU is ranked higher than Oklahoma. The Cyclones were ranked No. 14 in 1972 (OU won 20-6).
  • Iowa State only has seven wins in 85 all-time meetings against Oklahoma, but two of the victories have come over the last four seasons.
  • Oklahoma and Iowa State both rank in the top three of the Big 12 in total offense, scoring offense, total defense and scoring defense.
  • Today’s game will pit an Oklahoma defense that ranks fourth nationally (leads the Big 12) by allowing just 88.1 rushing yards per game against an Iowa State squad that ranks second in the Big 12 by averaging 199.9 rushing yards per contest.
  • Iowa State ranks second in the Big 12 by allowing only 103.1 rushing yards per game. OU senior running back Rhamondre Stevenson is averaging 95.5 rushing yards (5.9 per carry) over the last four contests and has six rushing TDs.
  • The Sooners pace the Big 12 and rank fourth nationally (among teams that have played more than four games) with their 3.7 sacks per contest on the year and by racking up 227 yards on their sacks.

Odds

Oklahoma (-6)

O/U 58

Predictions

Craig: 38-27 Oklahoma

Zack: 31-28 Oklahoma

Mark: 31-24 Oklahoma

Rich: 35-28 Oklahoma

Matt: 35-28 Oklahoma

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