The 2020 Big 12 Championship Game kicks at noon ET on Saturday from AT&T Stadium when the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2) and No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones (8-2) meet up. Early-season losses will likely keep these teams out of the College Football Playoff, but they both enter this matchup playing extremely well. Oklahoma has won six straight, while Iowa State is riding a five-game winning streak. Iowa State won the first head-to-head matchup of the year 37-30.
William Hill Sportsbook lists the Sooners as 5.5-point favorites in the latest Oklahoma vs. Iowa State odds. The over-under, or total number of points expected, is set at 58. Before making any Iowa State vs. Oklahoma picks, check out the college football predictions and betting advice from Barrett Sallee, given his impressive run picking games involving the Sooners.
When it comes to college football, there are few who deserve the “expert” tag quite like Barrett Sallee. The CBS Sports writer and analyst hosts shows on SiriusXM College, writes for CBSSports.com and appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ as well as countless radio shows across the nation as a guest.
Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way. He went 59-35-2 (63 percent, plus $2,037) on all his college football picks for SportsLine in 2019, and he enters Week 16 of the 2020 college football season on a sizzling 67-39 streak on his best bets since the start of last year.
Furthermore, he knows the tendencies of Oklahoma, posting an astonishing 12-3 record on his last 15 ATS picks involving the Sooners. Anybody who has been following his college football picks is way up.
Now, he’s set his sights on Oklahoma vs. Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship Game 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for Iowa State vs. Oklahoma:
- Oklahoma vs. Iowa State: Sooners -5.5
- Oklahoma vs. Iowa State over-under: 58
- Oklahoma vs Iowa State money line: Oklahoma -220; Iowa State +180
- OU: Was favored in all eight games this season and went 5-3 ATS
- ISU: Went 3-0-1 ATS away from home this season
Why Oklahoma can cover
The Sooners are known for their high-flying offense, but they’ve been playing improved defense recently as well. Their first three Division I opponents all scored at least 37 points against them. Since that point, no opponent has topped the 28-point mark. In their last three games, they’ve given up an average of just 12 points per game.
Oklahoma, however, can still score. With quarterback Spencer Rattler guiding the offense, Oklahoma ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense (43.4 ppg). The Sooners have gone over 60 points twice in their past four games.
Why Iowa State can cover
The Cyclones shouldn’t be intimidated in this matchup after knocking off the Sooners, then ranked No. 18, 37-30 on Oct. 3. Running back Breece Hall rushed for 139 yards and two scores as the Cyclones stormed back from a fourth-quarter deficit to pick up their first win over Oklahoma in Ames since 1960.
Hall is perhaps the Big 12’s best back and he finished the regular season with an impressive 222-1357-17 rushing line. Quarterback Brock Purdy is an NFL prospect who completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,272 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Coach Matt Campbell’s defense gives up just 21.3 points per game and has held the last three opponents to just 8.7 points per game.
How to make Oklahoma vs. Iowa State picks
Sallee likes the under in this contest and he’s also isolated a critical x-factor that has him jumping all over one side of this spread. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Iowa State vs. Oklahoma? And what critical x-factor does Sallee believe makes one side of the spread hit hard? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the Oklahoma vs. Iowa State spread to back Saturday, all from expert who has nailed 12 of his past 15 ATS picks involving the Sooners.