The Oklahoma Sooners keep on knocking on the door, but they can’t get into the College Football Playoff National Championship. This year’s team will be good enough to take that extra step.
Oklahoma Sooners: What You Need To Know
- How do you possibly replace back-to-back Heisman-winning, No. 1 overall draft pick quarterbacks? You bring in a guy who won a national title and came really, really close to winning another. Jalen Hurts comes over from Alabama and adds something a little different. He might not throw like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray did in this offense, but it takes a special talent to have been Nick Saban’s starting quarterback as a freshman.
- The receiving corps isn’t the best in college football – Alabama and Clemson get to fight for that honor – but OU’s is close. CeeDee Lamb should blow up as the No. 1 target with Hollywood Brown gone.
- As always, the offense is going to be fantastic. Can Oklahoma finally tackle someone? Enter new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who’ll get this group to be more aggressive, force more takeaways, and get into the backfield on a regular basis.
- As amazing as Oklahoma has been, the few tweaks might just be the difference needed. The offense will still be explosive, but can it control the clock more and give the defense more of a break? However this works, this is still going to be one of the four best teams in college football.
Oklahoma Sooners Odds and Betting Tips
Apr 12, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) gestures during the spring football game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (Photo Credit: Alonzo Adams – USA TODAY Sports)
It’s going to take something special to get by the Sooners. They were able to survive a whole slew of shootouts to win the Big 12 title, but they might not have to do that as often this year.
As good as Hurts is, though, can he be as magical as Mayfield and Murray? If not, the pieces around him will be good enough to make it all work.
According to the playMGM lines, the win total is at 10.5, with the over at -140 and the under at +110. There will be a blip along the way, but look for Hurts and Grinch to be fantastic.
Houston in the opener will be dangerous, and a trip to UCLA will be fun, but if OU blows it by losing to one of these two teams, it’s just bad luck.
The Texas game will be the one everyone worries about, but going to Kansas State will be tricky, road games at Baylor and Oklahoma State will be fights, and TCU, Iowa State and West Virginia are all good, but …
Oklahoma will win 11 regular season games.