NORMAN, Okla. — The sixth-ranked Sooners take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in game 10 of the 2018 season. Here’s the game rundown.
TV: ABC – Steve Levy (PBP), Brian Griese (Analyst), Todd McShay (Sideline)
Kickoff time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 48 degrees, Sunny, S 14 mph
Current Vegas odds: OU -21
Injuries/Suspensions: OU – RB Rodney Anderson (knee), RB Marcelias Sutton (leg), FB Joe Castiglione Jr. (shoulder), WR Sam Iheke (ankle), C Jonathan Alvarez (undisclosed), DT Michael Thompson (knee), S Prentice McKinney (shoulder), S Chanse Sylvie (Achilles), CB Starrland Baldwin (knee), DB Kahlil Haughton (undisclosed), DB Brendan Radley-Hiles (undisclosed); OSU – WR Patrick McKaufman (ACL), WR Tracin Wallace (knee), OL Arlington Hambright (ankle), OL Shane Richards (undisclosed), DT Darrion Daniels (undisclosed), LB Patrick Macon (foot)
More broadcast details: Online – WatchESPN; Radio – 107.7 The Franchise KRXO-FM
ABC, of course, will broadcast the game nationally. The broadcast team consists of Steve Levy on play-by-play, Brian Griese as analyst and Todd McShay as the sideline reporter. As for the radio call, as always Voice of the Sooners Toby Rowland will be bringing it to you, with Merv Johnson, Teddy Lehman and Gabe Ikard all working as analysts and Chris Plank serving as the sideline reporter.
The Sooners moved up one spot to No. 6 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, where they’re just behind No. 5 Georgia and No. 4 Michigan. They’re also in that same spot in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls entering game two of November, a month in which they’ve won 14 straight.
Quarterback Kyler Murray shook off a sluggish start last week to become the first player in school history to throw for at least 300 yards and run for at least 100 in a single-game. OU defeated Texas Tech 51-46, making for just the second time in the last 10 seasons it’s scored at least 50 points in three straight games. It did so in four consecutive contests back in 2015 and has a chance to equal that feat in Bedlam.
Running back Trey Sermon, meanwhile, battered and bruised the Tech defense for 206 yards and three scores on 26 carries. Wide receiver Lee Morris added a pair of touchdown catches while amassing 101 yards on four receptions.
“I think we might have had a 38 maybe with one of our guys at ECU, I think actually against North Carolina the first year that we beat them there. But that’s definitely the highest I’ve had,” said head coach Lincoln Riley as to how heavy a load Sermon could carry. “So I would always hope that we would have enough backs that we wouldn’t, even if we ran it and had that many opportunities, that we’d be able to spread it out. But you never know.”
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Defensively, the Sooners gave up 473 yards of total offense, but perhaps the game’s biggest play came on that side of the ball. Safety Robert Barnes intercepted and returned a two-point conversion for two points. That made it 44-40, and they held on for the victory. Strength coach Bennie Wylie, too, has been instrumental in Barnes’ progress.
“Tailored the program to him to address those, address the areas that he’s had issues,” Riley said. “Not that he didn’t do the other things our guys did—for the most part he was able to. But Bennie does a good job being really specific with these guys and not being too hard headed with them and understanding that some guys need different things to train or some guys have different trouble points that you’ve got to be able to addres. And so he’s done that. Robert’s really responded well to it, and he’s proven that if we can keep him on the field, he’s going to keep getting better and better. So Bennie’s certainly had a big hand in it.”