College Football Predictions Against The Spread - Ohio State vs Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners Running Back

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:18 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016 9:18 PM GMT

Ohio State and Oklahoma haven’t played each other since 1983, and that will change on Saturday. Go inside to read our compelling betting preview article concluded with a college football prediction.

Battle of Storied College Football Programs
#3 Ohio State and #14 Oklahoma collide in a huge early season contest on Saturday night. The opening kickoff from Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma is slated for 7:30 PM ET, and the game will be televised nationally by Fox. These schools haven’t met on the gridiron since 1983, and on that day, Ohio State prevailed with a 24-14 road win in Norman.

 

Interesting Early Line Moves
Ohio State opened as a 3.0-point favorite across the board on Sunday night (9/11). Currently (9/13) as we speak, Ohio State has fallen to as low as -1.0 at 5Dimes, and regarding the best sportsbooks, Bovada is the only one still at -3.0. We’ve also witnessed an intriguing betting pattern. At this particular juncture, despite 63.4% of college football point spread individual bets being made on Ohio State, there’s been reverse line movement on most betting sites. That clearly indicates to me, the bigger and sharper money has gone to Oklahoma.

 

Do or Die for Sooners
Oklahoma began the season ranked #4 in preseason polls, and was widely considered a legitimate national championship contender. That still may very well be the case, but an opening loss at Houston has put them in an extremely precarious position. Basically, one more loss and they can kiss their college football playoff and title hopes goodbye. A win against Ohio State on Saturday will certainly catapult them up the rankings. Saying this is a massive early season contest for Oklahoma would be a vast understatement.

 

Strong Home Field
Dating back to 10/31/98, Oklahoma is a superb 98-8 (.925) at home. Furthermore, during that precise time period, the Sooners are 46-2 (.958) when hosting non-conference opponents. Considering the present point spread, Oklahoma’s superiority in Norman takes on added significance.

 

Absolutely Dominating Start
Ohio State has made an early statement after beginning the season with two utter blowout wins. They opened by dismantling Bowling Green 77-10, and easily covered as a 27.5-point favorite. Then last Saturday, the Buckeyes crushed Tulsa 48-3, and once again effortlessly covered as a 28.0-point favorite. They outgained those two opponents by a combined yardage margin of 1193 to 432, outscored them 125-13, and were a +7 in the turnover department. You just can’t be more dominant than that.

 

Final Take and Pick
This contest figures to be a high-intensity nail biter that goes right down to the wire. The combination of Oklahoma’s desperation, urgency, and powerful home field advantage will be the collective difference. One of my Saturday college football picks will reflect that precise prediction.

 

Free College Football Pick: Oklahoma +3.0
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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