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Oklahoma vs Nebraska Odds - Nebraska defense to pave the way to victory

Posted by Blake Frazier on 11/3/2009 2:30:19 PM
betting on footballThe Oklahoma vs Nebraska odds was projected to be a matchup of two potential Big 12 divisional winners, but as it stands now, it only looks like one has a shot to do it - and it’s not the one you think. While Oklahoma is out of the race in the South, online betting cappers should expect Nebraska to win the North. In the primetime Saturday night spot, look for the Huskers defense to give Oklahoma one more kick while they are in their down year.

Oklahoma vs Nebraska odds: Oklahoma -5.5

  • WHAT: NCAA Football betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 7th – 8:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: Memorial Stadium – Lincoln, NB
  • PICK: Oklahoma -5.5

Oklahoma vs Nebraska odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Oklahoma Sooners (5-3, 3-1) haven’t had the season they expected. With three losses on the year and with no Sam Bradford, you have to start wondering how much effort this team cares to put in. The Sooners are tough to beat at home, but on the road – as they have shown this year – they are very vulnerable.

For Nebraska (5-3, 2-2), they are still on track, believe it or not. Considering this team lost to Iowa State and Texas Tech in two of the last three weeks, they are still in line to win the Big 12 North, which would be huge for Bo Pelini. A win against Oklahoma – even in a down year – would be a signature win for Nebraska.

Betting Edge: Nebraska

Oklahoma vs Nebraska odds maker breakdown: Offense
Sportsbook odds makers recognize that the Sooners have the better offense, but with Landry Jones starting, it’s still hard to trust this team. The Sooners have a good ground game with Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray, but they may be forced to win it through the air since Nebraska’s defense is so good.

For Nebraska, their offense is very inexperienced, and that has clearly shown at times this year. The quarterback situation is a bit of a mess as Cody Green and Zac Lee have been ineffective. The Huskers have just three offensive touchdowns in the last three games, and if they fall behind in this game, there will be little chance for them to win.

Betting Edge: Oklahoma

Oklahoma vs Nebraska odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Sooners defense has done their part all year. You can throw out last week’s performance where the Sooners defense gave up 364 yards of offense to Kansas State along with 30 points - that won’t happen again. The OU defense may have trouble with mobile quarterbacks but they aren’t facing that this week. They should be able to force some turnovers from an inexperienced offense.

Meanwhile, Nebraska’s defense is solid too, which means this could be a defensive showdown. The Huskers are tough to run on and their pass defense usually picks up the pieces afterwards. They’ve held their last seven opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense.

Betting Edge: Even

Oklahoma vs Nebraska odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Sooners will obviously be without quarterback Sam Bradford and tight end Jermaine Gresham, as they have been out most of the year. Losing two All-Americans is always tough. But aside from that, both teams are fairly healthy.

Betting Edge: Nebraska

Oklahoma vs Nebraska betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Sooners are the better and more talented team here, but there are two things working in Nebraska’s favor: they are at home and they are more motivated to win this game. For Oklahoma, their goal was a BCS Championship and even a Big 12 Championship. Both of those goals are out of reach. For Nebraska, this would be a signature win, and NCAA football betting fans should stick with the Huskers in primetime as they will be more motivated to win.

BLAKE’S PICK: Nebraska +5.5

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Blake Frazier is one of's college football experts.



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