Miami vs Oklahoma State Cheez-It Bowl Picks and Odds

Mike Gundy standing with arms crossed

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy looks up at the scoreboard during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • #21 Oklahoma State (7-3) and #18 Miami (8-2) face off in the Cheez-It Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29th
  • The Cowboys have relied on both Dezmon Jackson and Dominic Richardson since Chuba Hubbard left the program to prepare for the NFL draft
  • See the game odds, spread, and total along with a prediction below

It’s #21 Oklahoma State against #18 Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl.

It should be a good one, it’s the only non-New Year’s Six bowl between ranked opponents. Who has the edge? Let’s take a look at the betting line and both programs to find the best value play.

Cheez-It Bowl #21 Oklahoma State vs #18 Miami Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
#21 Oklahoma State -2 (-108) -125 O 59 (-109)
#18 Miami +2 (-113) +104 U 59 (-112)

Odds taken Dec. 27th from DraftKings

Cowboys Running Game Key To Success

Oklahoma State lost star running back Chuba Hubbard when he bailed to prepare for the NFL draft. Hubbard was actually a disappointment this season, rushing for only 625 yards one year after leading all of college football with 2,094 yards. That said, Oklahoma State would love to have him out there in this game.

The Cowboys have turned to a committee approach to replacing Hubbard. The lead back the first two games was Dezmon Jackson. The junior racked up 353 yards in a pair of impressive performances. In Oklahoma State’s win over Baylor, it was Dominic Richardson who took over. He finished the game with 169 yards, proving there are no shortage of options at head coach Mike Gundy’s disposal. Expect Oklahoma State to try and keep the Miami offense on the sidelines by extending drives on the ground.

Miami Coming Off Ugly Loss To UNC

Miami could be facing a crisis of confidence heading into this bowl game. The last time they were on the football field, they were laid a beating by the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Miami defense allowed 778 yards and 62 points in the loss. While the unit has been hit-and-miss all year, that game was certainly a miss. Welcoming a ranked opponent that is also known for moving the ball up and down the field may not be what the Hurricanes were looking for in an opponent.

On the bright side, Miami can still trust it’s offense and quarterback D’Eriq King. The transfer had a good first season in with the Hurricanes, throwing for 2,573 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Based on the recent series of events, he will be relied upon heavily to keep Miami in this game.

Take Oklahoma State On The Moneyline

The price may be a tad higher, but forget giving up the two points and take Oklahoma State to win this one straight up. The running game has proved to be more than capable regardless of who’s in the backfield and the Cowboys are solid at quarterback as well. Spencer Sanders has thrown for 617 yards and four touchdowns in his last two contests. True to form, he’s also a capable runner as well.

One of these teams won their last game by 39 points, the other lost by 36 points. Yes, the quality of opponent may have been different but the facts are the facts. Take Oklahoma State and their wave of momentum over the sputtering Miami squad.

The Pick: Oklahoma Moneyline (-125)

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