Pick 'Over' for Oklahoma-Tulsa as Sooners Light Up the Board

Willie Bee

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 1:30 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014 1:30 PM UTC

The Oklahoma Sooners are 24-point favorites to extend their streak against Tulsa this Saturday.  Can the Golden Hurricane upset the college football odds and beat their in-state rivals?

There was no change in where the Oklahoma Sooners are ranked according to the coaches poll following Week 1 on the college football betting schedule, and that's just fine with head coach Bob Stoops.

Oklahoma remained No. 3 in the coaches poll that was released Tuesday. This early in the season, the rankings don't mean much, and Stoops knows there's a long way to go for his Sooners who entered 2014 as prohibitive 1/4 favorites to win the Big 12 and 8/1 on the NCAA football futures odds to go all the way and earn an eighth National Championship.

If the numbers shown on SBR's live College Football odds for Week 2 mean anything, Oklahoma's trip to Tulsa won't derail those chances.  The Sooners opened as 24 point favorites against the Golden Hurricane for the noon (ET) kickoff at Chapman Stadium. Early action on that spread pushed that mark up a half-point at most sports books, and even 25 at some.

Scoreboard bettors were initially handed a 56.5 point total to work with, but that figure jumped up a point almost immediately.

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OU Looks To Add To Win Streak Vs. Tulsa
Saturday marks the 27th meeting, and first in Tulsa since 2007 (OU 18-7-1 all-time). Oklahoma left town with a 62-21 rout in that one for its fourth straight win over the Hurricane, and have won the subsequent three tilts by an average score of 47-11.

You have to go back to 1996 to find the last time Tulsa beat the Sooners. That came during some of Oklahoma's darkest seasons to end Big 8 and begin Big 12 play, and the current 7-game win streak vs. the Golden Hurricane coincides with Stoops' tenure in Norman.

The Sooners were favored by 23 in last year's 51-20 victory, skipping the game past a 50 point total on their own. Blake Bell threw 4 TD passes in the mismatch as Oklahoma rolled up more than 600 yards of offense without a turnover.


Sooners Just Miss Cover In Week 1 Victory
Bell is gone now and OU's offense belongs solely to Trevor Knight. After directing the Sooners to last season's Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama, the 6-1 soph out of San Antonio had a decent season opener against Louisiana Tech last week, and shouldn't have any trouble directing OU to another relatively easy victory this Saturday.

Knight and the Sooners scored on their first three possessions to build a 21-0 lead and never look back against the Bulldogs. It looked to be a sure cover for Oklahoma backers who were giving up 34, but a couple of 4th-quarter touchdowns by La Tech prevented that in the 48-16 final that had plenty to get past the 56 point scoreboard barrier.

The Golden Hurricane also picked up a win in their opener, covering a 4.5 point spread at home with a 38-31 decision over Tulane that went to double overtime. Tulsa QB Dane Evans, another sophomore from Texas, threw for nearly 440 yards and four scores to lead the Hurricane back from a 21-14 halftime deficit. Evans also tossed a couple of passes to the other team, and he'll be facing a Sooners defense this week that returned nine starters from last year's unit that ranked 20th in the nation allowing just over 350 yards per game.

Some advice for college football bettors is to check the weather forecast before getting down on a wager. The current forecast calls for a 60% shot of rain Saturday morning and afternoon in Tulsa following what could also be a wet Friday.

I'm expecting the Sooners to have a big day on defense which should set up the offense for some easy, early scores. But will that be enough to push the game past this total, which is right on the average score in this series while Stoops has been in Norman? We also have to be a bit concerned with the weather at this point. It might take a late score by the Hurricane to get us there, but my free College Football pick will be on the high side of the total.    

My Free College Football Pick: OU-Tulsa Over 57.5 (-110)

Season: 0-0

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