OSU (8-3, 5-3) is producing turnovers like Arby’s with 10 during their four-game winning streak. Safety Kolby Harvell-Peel is tied for second in the Big 12 with five interceptions, and has forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
On the defensive side, the Cowboys are led by Malcolm Rodriguez, who has a team-high 83 tackles in his first season moving from the secondary up to linebacker. Amen Ogbongbemiga is second with 80 tackles, including a team-high 14 tackles for loss.
OU (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has guided the Sooners to the top of the Big 12 in total defense and pass defense. The Sooners have limited opponents to 336.2 yards per game after last season when they were one of the worst.
Kenneth Murray is OU’s leading tackler with 7.2 per game and 12 for loss. Ronnie Perkins and Jalen Redmond are the team’s top two pass rushers with six and four sacks, respectively. Perkins and Redmond are the benefactors to the hard work by nose tackle Neville Gallimore.
While both team’s bring in better defenses this year, the focus of the game will be on each team’s Heisman Trophy contender: OU quarterback Jalen Hurts and OSU running back Chuba Hubbard.
Hurts has 3,184 yards and 30 touchdowns, and 1,156 rushing yards this season. OSU head coach Mike Gundy called Hurts a “one-man show” earlier this week due to Hurts carrying OU’s offensive attack. Kennedy Brooks might have something to say about that with 125 rushing yards during his last three games, including 149 yards on 25 carries against TCU. Hurts keys on wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the passing attack. Lamb has grabbed 11 touchdowns in his last seven games.
Hubbard leads the FBS in rushing yards (1,832), rushing yards per game (166.5), rushing touchdowns (20), rushing yards after contact (1,152), all-purpose yards (2,044), all-purpose yards per game (185.8) and several other categories. He only needs 56 rushing yards to stand alone in second on OSU’s all-time single-season rushing list behind Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman winning season of 2,850.
The Cowboys had a conservative game plan in their 20-13 win last week at West Virginia with Dru Brown making his first start at OSU. He was 22-for-29 and 196 yards with two scores and no interceptions. Hubbard set career highs with seven catches for 88 yards, including a 46-yard screen pass.
Both OSU and OU have squeaked out close wins lately. The Sooners slipped by in its past three games by a combined eight points, while the Cowboys have three wins by seven points during their four-game streak.
The Cowboys haven’t beaten the Sooners in Stillwater since their 44-10 blowout victory in 2011.
Recent series history
2018: OU 48-47 in Norman
2017: OU 62-52 in Stillwater
2016: OU 38-20 in Norman
2015: OU 58-23 in Stillwater
2014: OSU 38-35 in Norman
How to watch
What: No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 21 Oklahoma State
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium Stadium, Stillwater
Stream: Fox Sports Go