Air Force Falcons
(2-0, 1-1 ATS)
(2-0, 1-1 ATS)
Just one week after both teams put together very impressive victories, the Air Force Falcons and Oklahoma Sooners will be at it again in college football betting action.
For Air Force, the whopping 35-14 win over the BYU Cougars was particularly sweet because it is the last time that it is scheduled to play the Cougs before the hightail it out of the MWC for the greener pastures of independence. The offense for these guys has simply been unstoppable this year with QB Tim Jefferson leading the way. Jefferson is being trusted to throw the ball a bit more this season, as he is 12-of-25 for 247 yards with three TDs and an INT through the air. However, the rushing combination of RB Asher Clark, RB Jared Tew, RB Jonathan Warzeka, RB Mikel Hunter, Jefferson, and a host of others is what has made all the difference. A whopping 18 different players have carried the football already this year in just two games. Three have reached at least 100 yards, six have at least 50, and 14 have at least ten. All told, the high flying Falcons have gotten it done on the ground to the tune of 423.0 yards per game, which is significantly more yards than most teams have in total for their offenses. With a ground game like this, the Sooners might be pressed.
However, what we need to remember with Oklahoma is that speed is what kills the triple option offense. What we saw last week in a dominating 47-17 win over the Florida State Seminoles at home was that team speed that head coach Bob Stoops is famous for putting on the field. Should the Sooners play assignment football well, they could force Air Force into at least slightly abandoning in the triple option. The two Heisman Trophy contenders will be leading the way for OU on offense in this game. QB Landry Jones bounced back from a so-so performance against the Utah State Aggies to put up 30-of-40 passing for 380 yards and four scores against the garnet and gold last week. RB DeMarco Murray already has 269 rushing yards and four scores on the year. Also keep a close eye on WR Ryan Broyles, who is turning himself into one of the best receivers in the country. He has caught 21 passes for 266 yards and three of Jones’ six TD passes on the year. As for the defense? You might be able to throw on Oklahoma right now, as it is averaging allowing 281.5 yards per game in the air, but you certainly are going to have a hard time rushing. The Sooners are only allowing 101.5 yards per game to opposing ground attacks.
Once again, we have to stress that assignment football is the key to stopping the option. Normally speaking, when given a ton of time to prepare for a game, Air Force is in trouble because teams can study the triple option, a fairly simple offense. Stoops hasn’t had the time, but he does have a great football mind and some extremely talented players. We tend to believe that the Air Force Academy is going be grounded in this one, as the Sooners should roll to a comfortable victory of at least three scores.
Selection: Oklahoma Sooners -16.5