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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Championship Weekend Viewing Guide (and Gambling Picks)

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Bedlam is upon us, people! We had all of Thanksgiving weekend to observe and judge other teams, but now the Sooners are back in the fold. OU has a chance to win a Big 12 Championship and have a trophy ceremony on its home field, which is something that’s never really happened at Memorial Stadium. That sounds like a lot of fun, so let’s hope the Sooners take care of business.

Here are some of our Bedlam-related articles form this week:

Why We Hate You - Oklahoma State Edition

Bedlam Preview

Despite High-Powered QBs, Rushing Attacks Matter Most in Bedlam

Who Needs a Bedlam Win More?

Scouting the Oklahoma State Cowboys

Bedlam Among Most Lopsided Rivalries in Sports

Southwest to Honor Winchester with Flyover at Bedlam

How Does Bedlam Stack Up Against Other In-State Rivalries?

Ranking Bob’s Best Bedlam Wins

Notes From Bob Stoops’ Presser: IT’S BEDLAM WEEK!

No matter what happens, there will be plenty to talk about this weekend. Share your score predictions in the comments, and make sure to hop on over to the game thread (the comments section of this article) if you’re watching the game at home. After the game, celebrate with us or air your grievances.

Championship weekend begins tonight with the MAC and Pac-12 Championship games. Here are the gambling picks and viewing schedule:

MAC Championship: Western Michigan (-17) vs. Ohio in Detroit - I don’t picture the undefeated Broncos laying an egg here — not with the way they’re built. They don’t turn it over, they run the ball well (5.3 yards per carry) and they have a senior quarterback with over 40 career starts under his belt. Frank Solich’s Ohio teams are always competitive and well coached, but that won’t be enough. Gambling pick: Western Michigan covers. ❌ Over 59.0

Pac-12 Championship: Colorado vs. Washington (-8.5) in Santa Clara, Calif. - Washington has one of the best offenses in the nation, and Colorado has the best defense in the Pac-12, so this is likely going to be a close and entertaining game. Washington should be in the College Football Playoff with a win, but don’t count out Colorado just yet, either. If the Buffs win in convincing fashion and the Big Ten Championship games turns out to be a boring dud, would the Buffs have a case against the B1G champ? Would the have a case against Michigan, who won’t be a conference champ beat them head-to-head in Ann Arbor? Gambling pick: Colorado beats the spread, but Washington wins by one score and makes the playoff.❌ Under 55.5✅

SEC Championship: Alabama (-24) vs. Florida in Atlanta - This pretty much the same matchup we saw last year. Bama is good all around, but they don’t play at a quick pace, while Florida has a good defense and a crummy offense. The first half will be close and low-scoring, and Bama will pull away in the second half. Yawn... Gambling pick: Bama wins and Florida narrowly covers. Under 40.5

ACC Championship: Clemson (-10) vs. Virginia Tech in Orlando - Which Clemson will we see on Saturday — the team that physically dominates opponents, or the team that needs a ton of luck to beat NC State? With a CFP berth on the line, I’m going with the former. Gambling pick: Clemson covers and earns a matchup with Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Over 58.5

Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin (-3) vs. Penn State in Indianapolis - Like the SEC Championship Game, this will likely mimic last year’s game. Neither team is going to score 20 points in this one. The difference this year, however, is that the winner probably won’t make he playoff, which is a good thing. Gambling pick: Wisconsin wins by a field goal, resulting in a push, which — like this matchup — is no fun whatsoever. Under 46.5

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-11.5) - Expecting either defense to shut the other team down is unrealistic, so it’s going to be about winning small battles. This is going to come down to which defense can force turnovers and get third down stops at opportune times. With OU playing at home, I’d give them the edge in that department (but not by much). Gambling pick: OU wins by a score of 45-38, so OSU will beat the spread. Over 76.5

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
MACCG: Ohio vs. (17) Western Michigan 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Pac12CG: (8) Colorado vs. (4) Washington 9:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
AACCG: Temple at (19) Navy 12 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
CUSACG: LA Tech at Western Kentucky 12 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Kansas State at TCU 12 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Troy at Georgia Southern 12 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(10) Oklahoma State at (9) Oklahoma 12:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
New Mexico State at South Alabama 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
UL Lafayette at UL Monroe 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Baylor at (16) West Virginia 3:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
SECCG: (1) Alabama vs. (15) Florida 4:00 p.m. CBS / CBSSports.com
SWACCG: Alcorn State vs. Grambling State 4:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Georgia State at Idaho 5:00 p.m. ESPN3
Arkansas State at Texas State 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
MWCCG: SDSU vs. Wyoming 7:45 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
B1GCG: (7) Penn State vs. (6) Wisconsin 8:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
ACCCG: (3) Clemson vs. (23) Virginia Tech 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN