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BYU vs Oklahoma Odds - Ranked Cougars no match for Sooners

Posted by Blake Frazier on 4/18/2012 9:26:52 AM
college football bettingThe BYU vs Oklahoma odds will match two Top 20 teams against each other, but they are still worlds apart. Online betting sharps know that the Sooners are BCS-bound while the Cougars are a BCS buster at best. Although the game is at a neutral site, the Sooners should easily win by double digits.

BYU vs Oklahoma odds: Oklahoma -21.5

  • WHAT: NCAA Football betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 5th – 7:30 0PM ET
  • WHERE: Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX
  • PICK: Sooners -21.5

BYU vs Oklahoma odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The BYU Cougars are one of the frontrunners in the Mountain West, but they were last year as well - and they disappointed. They finished 10-3 but lost their three biggest games. Now ranked No. 20 heading into the season, it wouldn’t get any bigger than knocking off a Big 12 giant and the No. 3 team in the country.

For the Sooners, their only goal this year is to win a BCS Championship. Anything short of that will disappoint, but the good news is that Bob Stoops and company don’t disappoint in the regular season - they disappoint in the BCS games. The Sooners have far more at stake in this game.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

BYU vs Oklahoma odds maker breakdown: Offense
If you’re looking for firepower, this game will have it. The total in the sportsbook is 68, if that gives you any indication. The Cougars are loaded at the skill positions on offense, which is a good start. Quarterback Max Hall is a stud, and was a dark horse Heisman candidate at one point last year. Tight end Dennis Pitta and receiver McKay Jacobson provide the weaponry, but the major concern will be the offensive line. The Cougars return just one starting offensive lineman - left tackle Matt Reynolds - and he injured his hand early in training camp, so he might be affected by the injury in the opener.

There’s no question that the Sooners have one of the best - if not the best - offense in the nation. With Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford back at the helm, this offense is going to light up the scoreboard - including the fancy one at the new Cowboys Stadium. The Sooners have two other preseason All-Americans on their offense, including tight end Jermaine Gresham and left tackle Trent Williams. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about two 1000-yard rushers Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

BYU vs Oklahoma odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Cougars have some major questions in the secondary, which is a very big problem considering who they are about to face. They have had a revolving door at cornerback, mostly because their players can’t stay healthy. Juco transfer Brian Logan has a broken hand and Robbie Buckner has been dealing a bad hamstring. This is not a good sign for a team that didn’t have a deep defense to begin with.

On the flip side, the Sooners defense should be licking their chops at the thought of facing BYU. The Cougars’ offensive line is a work in progress and the Sooners may have the best defensive line in the nation. That alone might decide this game. With Ryan Reynolds back in the middle of the defense, the Sooners could have a very scary unit.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

BYU vs Oklahoma odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
As mentioned, the Cougars have some injuries in their secondary and offensive line. They should be healthy for this game but the injuries will nag. The Sooners, on the other hand, are fully healthy.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

BYU vs Oklahoma State betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
A year ago, the Cougars had the talent to put up a fight but with issues on their offensive line and secondary, they are in line for a beating. College football betting fans know that the Sooners don’t call off the dogs once they get started and even though they are at a neutral site, they should rack up the points in this game.

BLAKE’S PICK: Sooners -21.5

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Blake walked onto his college football team and had a brief stint as an assistant coach after he graduated. He brings a sharp mind to the world of sports handicapping. Blake understands the nuances of the game that only someone who has played would understand. Thoughts or questions?



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