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Oklahoma Iowa State Betting Tips – Sooners Try To Regroup And Avoid Upset On The Road

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/30/2012 6:07:43 PM

The Oklahoma Sooners have to be depressed after losing their second game of the 2012 season this past weekend. They have to shrug off that setback, however, and focus on Iowa State.

Oklahoma Sooners @ Iowa State Cyclones – Saturday, November 3    
Online sports betting line: Oklahoma -11.5

Why Oklahoma Will Win

Few college football betting experts thought that Oklahoma would lose to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this past weekend, but it happened, and it happened by a 17-point margin. You might therefore think that Oklahoma isn't very good and that the Sooners are waiting to get ambushed by Iowa State this weekend.

You'd be wrong.

Here's the thing to appreciate about Oklahoma's season. The Sooners have played two mediocre games against really good teams who played very well. Kansas State and Notre Dame both made very few mistakes in their wins against Oklahoma. The Wildcats and Fighting Irish were both very strong on their defensive lines. They didn't commit big turnovers. They forced Oklahoma to move the ball in very small amounts of yardage. They did not give up big plays. They played exactly as their head coaches hoped they would. Oklahoma moved the ball fairly well against KSU and Notre Dame, but the Sooners were done in by a few huge mistakes in or near the red zone. This past Saturday against Notre Dame, a holding penalty wiped out one touchdown for OU, while a bad snap wrecked another promising drive.

Oklahoma is not a bad team. The Sooners have been excellent in the Big 12 Conference this season with the exception of that one game against Kansas State. This OU team crushed Texas Tech on the road and annihilated Texas in the Red River Rivalry. When it has the advantage up front – as it did against those two teams – it usually maxes out. Iowa State does not have the frontline strength of Kansas State or Notre Dame. The Sooners should therefore be able to assert themselves and impose their will on the Cyclones. The caliber of their opponent is the biggest reason to take the Sooners in this contest.

Why Iowa State Will Win

The best betting reason to take the Cyclones in this game is that they regularly get revved up for big games at home in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State very nearly beat the Kansas State team that leads the Big 12 right now. The Cyclones fell by only six points, and they had their chances to drive into KSU territory in the fourth quarter, in search of a game-winning drive. Iowa State has proven itself as a tricky team to beat at home. Occasionally, the Cyclones manage to pull off a huge upset, such as the one they crafted a year ago against Oklahoma State, knocking the Cowboys out of the BCS National Championship Game. If Iowa State could beat Oklahoma State in 2011, it can beat Oklahoma in 2012.

Who Will Win

Ultimately, Oklahoma has too much strength up front for Iowa State. The Sooners will bounce back and win this game comfortably.

College Football Betting Pick: Oklahoma

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