No. 19 Oklahoma vs. No. 23 Tennessee College Football Picks

Troy West

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:05 PM GMT

Get our Collere Football picks for this very inriguing non-conference matchup takes place early Saturday evening in Knox-Vegas aka Knoxville, TN. Both Tennessee and Oklahoma come into this matchup with similiar 1-0 records. 

SBR's College Football odds page has this matchup slated as a pick and has the total set high at 61.5. This game will more than likely be a nail biter. Some other offshores are currently carrying OU-1. 2 interested previous matchups in history: (Tennessee ruined Oklahoma’s perfect 1938 season with a 17-0 whacking in the Orange Bowl. The Sooners returned the favor in the 1968 Orange Bowl with a 26-24 win. Last year's game was all Oklahoma. OU won 34-10. It was suppose to be UT coming out party. However, things changed throughout the year and both teams went in opposite directions. Whoever wins this game will probably be highly touted the rest of the year. 

Things have changed in a big, big way, for Oklahoma since Tennessee rolled into Norman a year ago.With the previous season’s Sugar Bowl win over Alabama still fresh, the Sooners rolled through their first few games and blasted the upstart Vols with shocking dominance. Just a few weeks later, OU lost to TCU, struggled against Texas, and ended up going a mediocre 4-5 to close out the year, putting the pressure on to come up with a bounceback 2015 – and the pieces are there to do it. With a terrific defensive front, one of the best backfields in college football, and the Air Raid offense just getting started, there’s a lot to like about the potential of what this team can be, even though all the attention has been on TCU and Baylor since the end of last year. Beat Tennessee in Knoxville, and not only do the Sooners rise up in the national consciousness, but the Big 12 would get a much-needed win over the SEC.

Tennessee has to look at this as a coming out party. Winners of four of their last five games last year, and with an interesting win over Bowling Green to start the season, the Vols have all the young talent to be the fresh, hot SEC team that might be ready to take over the SEC East. But first, if they’re ready for primetime, they have to show they can beat a team as good as Oklahoma. For all of the hype and all of the excitement, with road trips to Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri still to play, along with dates with Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina, it’s not going to be an easy run. One loss to the Sooners, and the pressure is on two weeks later when the Vols have to go to Gainesville.

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The total suggest a lot of action, and we are predicting that TN and OU will trade score for score through the air. However, we will be looking at the spread with our college football picks here. Tennessee has all the talent and all of the athleticism this time around. Get ready for a track meet, and get ready for a TN to eek out a close on at home in a revenge game.

Free College Football Pick: Bet Tennessee +1 at Betonline

Final Score Predictions: TN 34 OU 31