It’s Week 11, and the Oklahoma Sooners (8-1, 5-1) are back in Norman after escaping Lubbock with a 51-46 victory. Now, Lincoln Riley and company are gearing up for the 113th edition of Bedlam as the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-4, 2-4) come stumbling into Norman.
Last season, these two powers from the prairie clashed in Stillwater in what turned out to be one of the most electric games in the history of the series. Oklahoma outlasted Oklahoma State, 62-52, and it felt a lot closer than that. Will this year’s contest provide the same amount of fireworks? Let’s hope not!
Here are my Week 11 gambling picks. You can find the TV schedule and live stream info down at the bottom.
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-21) - If there’s one thing I’m not worried about in this game, it’s Oklahoma’s ability to score a ton of points. If the Sooners aren’t close to crossing the 50-point mark for the fourth game in a row, something probably went very wrong. After the lightshow in Lubbock, I expect Oklahoma’s defense to play better at home in a rivalry game. Cowboys’ QB Taylor Cornelius has struggled passing the deep ball all season, which was a staple for OSU for the last few years, but running back Justice Hill continues to provide balance as the workhorse in the backfield. Gambling pick: I have Oklahoma State keeping this one within three scores and covering by the final whistle, and that’s only because I think Oklahoma is the far superior team. My logic? While the result of Bedlam usually goes the way of the favorite, how the game has played out recently tends to be quite unpredictable. I’ll be pleased to be wrong about this one. Over 80.5.
Fresno State (-3) at Boise State - The Friday night special at the Smurf Turf is a rematch of last season’s Mountain West Conference Championship. The week prior to that game these two played in Fresno with the Bulldogs nabbing the win. The Broncos avenged the loss the very next weekend in Boise, winning the league title. This season, Boise State started the season strong, but have been rather inconsistent as of late. Fresno State, meanwhile, has arguably the Group of Five’s top defense. Gambling pick: They say defense travels, so that’s why I’m going with Fresno State and the points. Boise State recently lost their top tackler for the season, which severely hurts the Broncos’ chances of keeping this one close. Under 55.5.
Ohio State (-3.5) at Michigan State - The Buckeyes’ defense has struggled against nearly every offense they’ve faced this season, but aside from the Purdue game, the offense has been impressive. Two of Sparty’s three losses have come in East Lansing, so that doesn’t bode well for the home team in this one. Gambling pick: Urban Meyer’s squad looked extremely mediocre against a bad Nebraska team in Columbus last week, but I’m picking Ohio State to resemble the team many predicted we’d see this season and cover going away. Under 50.5.
Kansas at Kansas State (-10.5) - It’s the Sunflower Showdown, the battle for the Governor’s Cup, and the best of the bottom of the Big 12. K-State comes into this in-state rivalry with a nine-game winning streak over KU. A win for the Jayhawks would give them their best season since going 5-7 in 2009. Gambling pick: As much as I would enjoy seeing KU end this losing streak to the Wildcats, I don’t envision the Wildcats taking this ‘L’ at home. That said, I do predict Kansas to make this a nail-biter to the very end. Over 47.
Auburn at Georgia (-14.5) - Another matchup where the two teams playing split two meetings in 2017. In the first, the Tigers walloped the Bulldogs in Jordan-Hare Stadium, but in the second, UGA got its revenge in steamrolling fashion. This season, both squads appear to be slightly less than what they were a year ago. Gambling pick: The line on this one seems too good to be true. Georgia at two touchdowns is a lot, so that’s why I’m going with Auburn to cover before ultimately falling short of the upset. Under 52.5.
Florida State at Notre Dame (-18) - With Fighting Irish starting QB Ian Book out with an injury, this becomes the most difficult game for me to pick. Notre Dame has only beaten four teams by more than the spread of this one, and none of those teams were as talented as the Seminoles. Unfortunately for FSU, talent hasn’t been the issue. A bad mixture of coaching and who knows what else (yet another bad offensive, probably) has led to a very forgettable season, but a monumental upset win in South Bend would go a long way towards rectifying hope around the program. Gambling pick: Even before the Book news, I felt like this one had a chance to be closer than the experts think. Now I feel like Florida State covering is inevitable. The only thing that’s still a toss up for me is the winner. ND seems to just have that magic this season, so I see them pulling out the ‘W’. Under 51.
Texas (-2) at Texas Tech - UT is coming off back-to-back losses that have effectively taken the Longhorns out of the playoff race and pushed them onto the outside looking in as far as the Big 12 race goes. Tech will be without starting QB Alan Bowman, who Sooner fans saw in the first half last week light the defense up without much trouble at all. Gambling pick: If Bowman was active, I’d lean more towards the Red Raiders in this one, but it’s a much easier call without the threat of a competent passing game. Texas covers without much of a problem. Over 62.
Clemson (-20.5) at Boston College - The Eagles are somewhat quietly having their best season in quite some time. On the other side, Clemson is hitting its stride and rolling over everybody in its wake. Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence is going to be a problem in the ACC for years to come, but Bean Town might actually care about college football tomorrow evening, and a Bean Town crowd can be brutal. Gambling pick: Call me crazy, but I’m predicting this to be the game that’ll finally shake up the race for the College Football Playoff spots. The BC crowd will be amped from the jump, and A.J. Dillon will find success running the ball against the Tigers’ vaunted D-line. Boston College for the outright win by a beak. Under 56.5.
Saturday TV Schedule (ET)
|#10 Ohio State at Michigan State||12:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|South Carolina at #11 Florida||12:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Navy at #12 UCF||12:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|TCU at #13 West Virginia||12:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Wisconsin at #14 Penn State||12:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Ole Miss at #20 Texas A&M||12:00 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Akron at Eastern Michigan||12:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Tulsa at Memphis||12:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|SMU at UConn||12:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Kansas at Kansas State||12:00 PM||Fox Sports Net||FoxSportsGo.com|
|BYU at UMass||12:00 PM||Eleven/NESN||UMassAthletics.com|
|Lafayette at Army||12:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Vanderbilt at Missouri||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Illinois at Nebraska||12:00 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Maryland at Indiana||12:00 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|North Carolina at Duke||12:20 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at Georgia Southern||1:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|North Texas at Old Dominion||2:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|UCLA at Arizona State||2:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Charlotte at Marshall||2:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Liberty at #25 Virginia||3:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Middle Tennessee at UTEP||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Bowling Green at Central Michigan||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#18 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama||3:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|#5 Michigan at Rutgers||3:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Oklahoma State at #7 Oklahoma||3:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#8 Washington State at Colorado||3:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#9 Kentucky at Tennessee||3:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Northwestern at #16 Iowa||3:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Baylor at #24 Iowa State||3:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|New Mexico at Air Force||3:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh||3:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Purdue at Minnesota||3:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|San Jose State at Utah State||4:00 PM||None|
|Appalachian State at Texas State||4:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|East Carolina at Tulane||4:00 PM||ESPNews||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic||5:00 PM||Stadium||WatchStadium.com|
|Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina||5:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Georgia State at Louisiana||5:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|UL Monroe at South Alabama||5:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Oregon at #15 Utah||5:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Auburn at #6 Georgia||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Miami at Georgia Tech||7:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida Intl at UTSA||7:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Rice at Louisiana Tech||7:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Temple at Houston||7:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|South Florida at Cincinnati||7:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|#3 LSU at Arkansas||7:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida State at #4 Notre Dame||7:30 PM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|#17 Texas at Texas Tech||7:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Southern Mississippi at UAB||7:30 PM||beIN Sports||beINSports.com|
|#2 Clemson at #22 Boston College||8:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Oregon State at Stanford||9:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|California at USC||10:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|UNLV at San Diego State||10:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Colorado State at Nevada||10:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
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