Bragging rights in the Sooner State will be handed out on Saturday night in NCAA football betting action, as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane look to dismantle the Oklahoma Sooners.
Tulsa was shocked late in the offseason when Head Coach Todd Graham ended up going to the Pitt Panthers to replace the dismissed Mike Haywood, who had all sorts of off the field issues. You think that Pitt had to scramble to find a coach? What about poor Tulsa! The Golden Hurricane ended up promoting offensive mastermind Bill Blankenship to the head coaching position, where he will almost certainly be keeping this crazy Gus Malzahn designed offense intact. Senior QB GJ Kinne is going to be the man running the show this year once again after leading the team in rushing (561 yards) and passing (3,650 yards). He also gets back his top target, a do-it-all in WR Damaris Johnson. The Tulsa offense was good for 507.9 yards and 41.4 points per game last season, but the questions came up defensively once again. Allowing 319.0 passing yards per game is a cardinal sin, even if you are playing in Conference USA, and the end result was conceding far, far, far too many points for Tulsa’s liking. The offense was good enough to bring this team to 10 wins, but it’s clear that this defense isn’t stopping the mighty Sooners on Saturday.
Oklahoma comes into this one trying to protect its No. 1 overall rating in the country. Many think that the Sooners are absolutely the best team in the land, and for good reason. QB Landry Jones has to be licking his chops at the prospects of facing this defense, as he has the ability to throw for over 400 yards easily. This would be a fine way to start off a Heisman Trophy campaign that could feature tossing the rock around for 5,000+ yards and 40, maybe even 50 TDs depending on how well the offense stays in sync. WR Ryan Broyles has had a history of posting games that look like this… 14 catches, 185 yards, 3 TDs… and we could be looking at the same sort of stat line this time around as well. Normally speaking, we’d be afraid of the old “look ahead” spot that the Sooners could be mired in with the trip to Florida State coming up in two weeks, but with a full bye week to prepare, especially with Oklahoma’s recent woes against some of the top mid-major teams in the nation, you know that Head Coach Bob Stoops isn’t letting the team overlook this game.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane @ Oklahoma Sooners Pick: And that’s why we’re laying the lumber in this one. These two teams met in 2009 and 2007, and the end result was a combined Oklahoma victory 107-21. Don’t be shocked if this one is very, very ugly by halftime.
Free College Football Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -24.5 @ Bookmaker Sportsbook
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