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No. 6 Oklahoma enters Bedlam vs Oklahoma State 1st in Big 12

No. 6 Oklahoma enters Bedlam vs Oklahoma State trying to stay in 1st-place in Big 12

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By The Associated Press

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) at No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1, No. 6 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC)

Line: Oklahoma by 20½.

Series record: Oklahoma leads 87-18-7.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Oklahoma needs a win to stay within reach of a spot in the College Football Playoff. With no marquee wins on their resume and an early loss to a fading Texas squad, the Sooners have no margin for error. They also are trying to keep their place atop the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma State becomes bowl eligible with a win in a rivalry it does not come out on top of often.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray vs. Oklahoma State pass rush. Murray leads the nation in passer efficiency rating and has rushed for 574 yards this season. No one has been able to slow him down. Oklahoma State leads the nation with 3.67 sacks per game, and DE Jordan Brailford leads the Big 12 with nine sacks.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma State: WR Tylan Wallace. The sophomore ranks third in the nation with 118 yards receiving per game and is averaging 18.3 yards per catch. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley calls Wallace one of the nation’s best.

Oklahoma: RB Trey Sermon. He ran for career highs of 26 carries, 206 yards and three touchdowns against Texas Tech last week. He leads the team with 722 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Oklahoma has leaned heavily on power runners down the stretch in recent years.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has won 14 straight games in November, dating back to 2014. ... Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 62-52 last season. ... Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill passed Tatum Bell and moved into seventh place on Oklahoma State’s career rushing chart last week when he gained 119 yards against Baylor. He now has 3,504 yards. ... Oklahoma is 3-0 since making Ruffin McNeill interim defensive coordinator. ... Oklahoma WR Lee Morris and Oklahoma State QB Taylor Cornelius are semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s best player who started his career as a walk-on.

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