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Oklahoma vs Miami Odds - Sooners to storm through Miami like a hurricane

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/29/2009 2:42:42 PM
football bettingThe Oklahoma vs Miami odds will be a matchup of two Top 25 teams that have had stinging losses in September. The Sooners will try to get back on track as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford returns, while the Hurricanes will try to prove that last week’s loss was an anomaly. However, the Sooners are the significantly better unit.

Oklahoma vs Miami odds: Sooners -7.5

  • WHAT: NCAA football betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 3rd – 3:30 PM ET
  • WHERE: Land Shark Stadium – Miami, FL
  • PICK: Sooners -7.5

Oklahoma vs Miami odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
Online betting fans know that the Sooners’ (2-1, 0-0) chances at a National Championship took a hit when they lost to BYU, but they know that one loss isn’t the end of the world. If the Sooners can win out, they can get back on the map. Also, with so many top 10 teams stumbling in front of them, the Sooners are already back to 8th in the nation. If they can roll Miami, who is the No. 17 in the country, they might be able to vault back up to third or fourth within a couple of weeks.

Miami’s hopes of a National Title went down the drain last week as they were blown out by Virginia Tech. Considering Florida State lost again at home, Miami’s opening week win at Tallahassee is looking less credible by the second. The Hurricanes were the talk of the town at 2-0 but now they are one loss away from dropping backing into ACC obscurity.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

Oklahoma vs Miami odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Sooners offense is rolling right now even without Bradford. Backup Landry Jones threw for a school record six touchdowns last week, and the offensive line has been much more reliable in recent weeks. If Bradford returns to this game, the Sooners should have a very good chance to dominate. If he’s healthy, the Hurricanes secondary will be in trouble. If Jones has to take the lion’s share of the snaps, the Sooners should still be in decent hands to win the game.

For Miami, their offense hit the wall last week facing a stout Hokies defense, and they may have trouble again this week. Sportsbook odds makers that were raving about quarterback Jacory Harris after the first two weeks have quieted down after an ugly performance in Blacksburg. Harris was under pressure all game and he could be again this week as Oklahoma has a very good offensive line.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

Oklahoma vs Miami odds maker breakdown: Defense
While the Sooners offense has been inconsistent this year, their defense has been far from it. The Sooners have allowed a total of 14 points this year and that includes games against BYU and Tulsa, who have averaged 41 and 45 points per game respectively. The Sooners defensive line is one of the best in the business and they should be able to dominate Miami’s offensive line, which showed plenty of cracks in the armor last week in Blacksburg.

Like the team itself, Miami’s defense has proven to be overrated. The Hurricanes secondary was gashed in Week 1 against Florida State and their rush defense was gashed last week in Blacksburg. As a result, the Hurricanes might not have much on defense overall. They have the athletes but they continue to give up huge plays.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

Oklahoma vs Miami odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
NCAAF betting fans know that the injury to Sam Bradford will be the highlight for this game. Keep an eye on him to see whether he plays this week, although he’s had nearly three full weeks off and should be ready to go.

The Hurricanes have a slew of injuries themselves. Receiver Aldarius Johnson (lower extremity), tight end Richard Gordon (shoulder), defensive end Andrew Smith (upper extremity), defensive tackle Marcus Forston (leg) and running back Lee Chambers (ankle) did not make the trip to Blacksburg. Also, safety Randy Phillips hurt his wrist in the contest and may miss this week’s game in Oklahoma, which would be a huge blow.

Betting Edge: Miami

Oklahoma vs Miami State betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Sooners are off a bye week, and they’ve had this contest circled for a while. This game gives them their credibility back. The Sooners still have games against Texas, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, which means if they can win here, a shot at a National Championship is still in the cards. Unfortunately for Miami, they’re overmatched both on offense and defense against a rested, better team.

TONY’S PICK: Sooners -7.5

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