The Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game had big bowl implications in the pre-season. But now Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State is going to be a game more about players playing for themselves and representing their school in a strong fashion on Saturday. Before injuries really took their toll on the Oklahoma Sooners team in the 2009 season, they looked like they might be able to compete for a national championship or in the least a major BCS Bowl game. The season has become a struggle to stay above water after the loss of Sam Bradford though, and now they want to just hold serve against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
For the Oklahoma State Cowboys, they are still courting the idea of making it to one of the BCS Bowl games, as they stand with a 9-2 overall record coming into this big rivalry game. If they play really strong on Saturday they could still possibly receive that invite, but first they need a win and then some help in other games if they want a realistic chance at it. Texas already wrapped up the Big 12 South and will play Nebraska for the 2009 Big 12 Championship on December 5th, so they have to stay focused on this game and what it could entail if they were able to close out the season with a good win over a tough Oklahoma team.
No matter what the standings show for the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game, it is bound to be a really exciting turn on the field. Oklahoma State is currently ranked #12 in the BCS, #11 in the AP Top 25, and #12 in the Coaches Poll so you can see that they are a well respected team again this year. Quarterback Zac Robinson will be looking to cap his senior year at OSU with an impressive performance, and he will look to improve on the already great 142.55 passer rating he brings to the game. With 66 career passing touchdowns on his resume, he has already established himself as one of the best quarterbacks to come through the OSU locker room.
Kick off for Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State is scheduled for 9:30 A.M. PST and the game is going to be shown on FSN. It may not have the attention of one of the conference championship games coming up soon, but don’t tell that to the players taking the field at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday because they probably care more about this game than any other game they will play in the 2009 regular season. The keys to the game are going to be a consistent offense from OSU and for Oklahoma to continue to play the stifling defense that has led them so far this season.
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