Let’s take a closer look at the College Football odds for this in-state matchup at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.
Take a look at my College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 3.
Failure to cover the number
Tulsa may have been overvalued in the sports betting market in its first two games, as it has compiled a 0-2 ATS record, but did manage to pick up a 30-27 victory over Colorado State as 13.5-point home favorites last Saturday.
The Golden Hurricane have 29 freshmen and sophomores listed on their 44-man two-deep depth chart, which happens to be the 11th-most in the nation.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-6 SU and 8-5 ATS on the road, with the UNDER going 8-5 in that situation.
Pounding the rock
Oklahoma is 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS thus far in 2013, as it comes off a 16-7 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 21-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.
The Sooners have outgained their first two opponents by 414 yards on the ground, while the defense has allowed the fewest points nationally for any FBS unit that has faced two FBS opponents in the first two weeks.
Lack of experience where it’s needed most
College football handicappers are going to have a hard time backing the Golden Hurricane, as as their four defensive line starters in the opener against the Bowling Green Falcons were starting in their first career game.
In the last six meetings in this series, Tulsa has lost the ground battle against Oklahoma by an average of 161.7 yards.
Heading into a bye week
The Sooners have a big revenge game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on deck, but it’s important to point out that the program will have two weeks to prepare for that high-profile affair.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has won all six games in this series by an average of 30 points.
Offensively, the team will want to perform at a high level under junior quarterback Blake Bell, who takes over for the injured Trevor Knight.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Sooners with their college football picks, as they’ve gone 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games after gaining 200-plus rushing yards in their previous contest.
College Football Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -24.5