CFB Saturday and we will see the Tulsa Golden Hurricane travel to Norma, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. The start time is 12:00 pm (Eastern) and the game will be televised locally. Current Odds have Oklahoma listed as 24.5 point favorites, while the total sits at 50.
Analysis: Tulsa enters the game at 1-1 on the year. They opened the season with a 34-7 loss at Bowling Green, but bounced back last week at home versus Colorado State, by a 30-27 count. Despite beating the Rams last week it still wasn't an easy feat as they needed a last second FG to do so. Trey Watts was a beast in the Tulsa running game rushing for 152 yards against Colorado State, while his 45-yard jaunt with less than a minute remaining set up the game winning FG as time expired. Watts was also high man with eight catches and 58 yards, while Cody Green completed 21-of-39 passes for 212 yards with three TDs and one interception. Defensively, Tulsa did a good job against the pass, allowing the Rams just 108 yards on 12 completions, while yielding just a 4-of-17 success rate on third-down conversion attempts. Red Zone defense is a concern for his team as their opponents have been in side the 20 nine times this year and have scored on all 9, with 6 TDs and 3 Fgs.
Oklahoma blanked ULM in its season opener (34-0), but had a tougher time getting past West Virginia in the Big 12 opener last week, winning just 16-7. The Sooners are 35-2 at home against non-conference foes under Stoops, including a perfect 6-0 vs Tulsa, outscoring the Golden Hurricane by 30 ppg in the process. Quarterback Blake Bell will make his first career start after Trevor Knight suffered a bruised knee and will be out for about 2 weeks. Bell is only 13-of-26 passing for 153 yards in his career but he has rushed for 403 yards and 24 touchdowns. Bell probably won't be asked to do a whole lot in this one as the Sooner defense has been awesome in the early going, allowing just 7 total points and 276 ypg so far this year. Oklahoma's defense forced four turnovers against West Virginia, with safety Gabe Lynn recording an interception and fumble recovery. Oklahoma is trying for three consecutive 300-yard rushing games for the first time since 1988, when they recorded 360 at Colorado, 463 versus Kansas and 424 against Oklahoma State.
Pick: I like the Under in this one. Blake Bell isn't really a throw QB, and the Sooners have showing in the early going this year that they are more of a running teams, averaging 310.5 ypg on the ground so far. This is a game where I feel that Bell won't be asked to do a whole in the passing game as Stoops know that he has that awesome defense to fall back on should the Sooners have to punt. The Tulsa offense is usually solid, but they did struggle in their opener vs a very tough Bowling Green defense and I expect them to struggle here as well. Tulsa has been a run first team this year and that makes both teams looking to gain the majority of their yards on the ground. That should eat plenty of clock. While The Sooners may get around 35 points in this one, it is very hard to see the Golden Hurricane cracking double digits. The Sooner defense is just playing too weel right now. No more than 45 points in this one.
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