(6-0, 3-3 ATS)
(6-0, 4-2 ATS)
Undefeated teams meet in what legitimately could be a future Big XII Championship clash, as the Missouri Tigers have their biggest NCAA football betting affair of the year against the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Sooners are the No. 1 team in the opening BCS poll, which might not be worth all that much at this point, but certainly gives them a status symbol. Should they lose, the argument could be made that the No. 1 team in the land has lost in three straight weeks. HC Bob Stoops will be the first to tell you that his team just hasn’t played up to its fullest potential this year quite yet. The only truly impressive games this year came against the Florida State Seminoles and their most recent victory, a 52-0 blanking of the Iowa State Cyclones last week. Oklahoma has only played one road game all season long, but four of its last six are away from Norman. The good news is that QB Landry Jones is on fire right now and is coming off of a game in which he threw for 334 yards and went 30-of-34 on the day. RB DeMarco Murray had three TDs, making him the all-time leading scorer in school history. Murray already has 13 TDs this season and is a bit of a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate, just like Jones. Don’t forget about WR Ryan Broyles either. Not only does Broyles do all of the dirty work of going over the middle but he has the ability to stretch the field as well. Broyles has 61 catches for 700 yards in just six games this year, making him one of the Big XII’s most feared targets.
This is the game that HC Gary Pinkel has been waiting for, though. After surviving last week in College Station against the Texas A&M Aggies, the Tigers are one step away from probably being a Top 10 team in the country and a legitimate player for the BCS Championship. They could have an added bonus this week as well if the Nebraska Cornhuskers lose to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, as they can take the Big XII North by the horns and start to pull away from the rest of the field. The Tigers have been doing it with defense this year, which is a change from the norm for a team that is normally flying up and down the field with no regard to its defense. This unit has kept three foes in single digits this year, including last week against the Aggies, and has left five of the six having scored just 13 or fewer points. Its 10.8 points per game allowed is the second best mark in the country. Offensively, it’s QB Blaine Gabbert’s show. Gabbert has no problem chucking the pigskin around 50 times in a game if that’s what it takes to win. WRs TJ Moe and Michael Egnew are huge targets, as the two of them have nearly 100 catches between them on the season. Moe is probably the better deep threat, as he averages 11.8 yards per reception, and he has three TDs to show for his six games of work.
Missouri is a great team, and we think that it can win the Big XII North with some luck, but this isn’t a winnable game, even in Columbia. The Sooners are getting ready to unleash hell on the rest of the country. We haven’t even seen the best that they have to offer yet. We might see just a glimpse of it on Saturday night.
College Football Free Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -3