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No. 10 Oklahoma makes its way to hostile territory vs. No. 7 Oklahoma State in one of the most anticipated matchups in their rivalry’s history, as Bedlam has national championship dreams on the line for both teams. The Sooners escaped Iowa State in Week 12 with a 28-21 victory. However, the Cyclones had a chance to tie the game before Brock Purdy threw a backbreaking interception in the red zone.
Oklahoma State is playing its best football over the past four weeks since suffering its lone loss to the Cyclones. The Cowboys beat Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia and Kansas by a combined 165-23. On Saturday, Oklahoma State smothered the Red Raiders 23-0, holding Texas Tech to just 108 yards of total offense and 2.6 yards per pass attempt.
The winner of this game quickly becomes the conference favorite to earn a trip to the College Football Playoff, provided they can win in the Big 12 Championship Game to finish 12-1. The loser is eliminated, though Oklahoma State will still earn a trip to the title game with a loss.
With Oklahoma jumping two spots into the AP top 10, this ranks as just the third top-10 Bedlam matchup ever. Oklahoma won both previous meetings, including a 58-23 win in 2005 and 24-14 win in 1984. The Cowboys have not beaten the rival Sooners since 2014. This could be the last matchup in Stillwater for several years, as Oklahoma soon leaves for the SEC.
Historic dominance: Oklahoma State is in the most successful era in program history under coach Mike Gundy. But despite seven 10-win seasons and eight AP Top 25 finishes, Oklahoma has continued to have OSU’s number. The Sooners hold a 90-18-7 record all-time against the rival Cowboys, including a 14-2 mark against Gundy. The only wins came during OSU’s historic 2-1 Fiesta Bowl campaign in 2011, and in 2014 when the Sooners fired their offensive staff to hire Lincoln Riley as offensive coordinator. With Oklahoma State fielding one of its best teams, and Oklahoma fielding a poor one, can the Cowboys turn the tide?
Elite defense: Oklahoma State is known for its high-flying offenses, but defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has put together one of the most dominant units in college football. The Cowboys defense ranks No. 2 in FEI, along with No. 1 in net points per drive, EPA margin and defensive success rate. Translated another way: Oklahoma State’s defense swarms when you run and terrorizes when you pass in the same vein as the great defenses at Georgia and Wisconsin. No opponent has cleared 24 points.
Closed QB pipeline: The last three starting quarterbacks to graduate from Oklahoma are now starting in the NFL. But after real optimism around Spencer Rattler and No. 1 QB recruit Caleb Williams, quarterback play has quickly become perhaps the Sooners’ most pressing issue. Over his last two games, Williams has combined to complete 17-of-36 passes for just 229 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He added a 74-yard touchdown on a broken play against Iowa State, but the consistency hasn’t been there. Oklahoma’s 14 points and 260 total yards against Baylor were the lowest points of the Riley era — either as head coach or offensive coordinator. Just 305 yards against Iowa State ranked near the bottom, too. Oklahoma State has a better defense than either.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 27 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium — Stillwater, Oklahoma
TV: ABC | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Oklahoma was a trendy pick to win the national championship entering the season — including by this author. Unfortunately, there’s only so much waiting we can muster before we acknowledge that the proverbial Mr. Godot is not coming. Oklahoma State has been consistently better and more dominant all season long, and it is playing its best football with a chance to reach its first Big 12 Championship Game. The Cowboys won’t waste this moment. Prediction: Oklahoma State (-4)
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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