It’s nearly game time, which means one thing! It’s time to make our Big 12 Championship Game picks!
The Sooners are a 9-point favorite in Arlington, which seems like a high spread for a rivalry game with everything on the line. It’s number 14 versus number five and here are our picks.
Making Our Picks
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Chris Ross – I’m going with Oklahoma for a couple of reasons. One, the rematch. I think that whoever won the first meeting would lose the second. Especially, in a rivalry matchup. Two, Oklahoma’s been here before. Well, so has Texas, but it’s been awhile. The Sooners are in a familiar setting and are less likely to be distracted by the chaotic environment. And three, Oklahoma still has business to take care of. For Texas, no matter what happens, it’s been a great season. There’s something to be said for playing with house money, but I like OU to come out on fire to show the world they belong in the playoff.
Josh Cowan – I am going to take Texas to win this week. One of my predictions before the start of the season was that Oklahoma wasn’t going to win a 4th ship in a row, so obviously they have to lose for that to be true. I will stick to that just for the purpose of sticking to it. If I knew what the Sooner offense would look like, I might have held off on that prediction. I think that maybe Oklahoma comes into this game a little tight, and that causes them to make some key mistakes, especially in terms of penalties or turnovers. Texas is playing with house money right now and should be loose. I think that might help them dictate the pace of this game a little bit more.
Phillip Slavin – I’ll take OU. In the first matchup, Texas played one of its best games offensively of the season. I realize part of that was due to a bad Sooner defense that has only gotten worse, but I don’t think they’ll be able to recreate that. Ehlinger is still not 100%. Also, OU’s run game is clicking in a way it wasn’t during the first match-up. Right now it’s the best rushing attack in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country. I think that gives the Sooners the edge in this one.
Matt Myers – Earlier this week I was all OU but now I’m 100 percent on Texas. The Longhorns are the more physical team. Texas’ surging defense will get timely stops when they need them. Oklahoma’s defense has regressed. Factor in that, Tom Herman is 23-1 against the spread as a dog with 15 outright wins. Still, no one seems to be giving Texas a chance and that’s the way Herman likes it. Also, I don’t see OU winning 4 straight titles.