The third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners will look to keep their national championship hopes alive when they take on in-state rival Tulsa in a week 2 showdown that gets underway live from Chapman Stadium on Saturday at 12:00 PM ET. Click here for more college football odds.
My Tulsa Vs. Oklahoma Betting Pick
Oklahoma (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) throttled Louisiana Tech in its opener, winning 48-16 last weekend despite failing to cover the spread as 34-point home favorites.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 2, 2014
Tulsa (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) beat Tulane 38- 31 in an exciting overtime affair to cover the spread as a 4.5-point home favorite and move to 3-1 ATS dating back to its last three games of the 2013 season.
For this contest, I have absolutely no doubt that Oklahoma is going to beat their in-state rivals and do so in convincing fashion. However, I’m not so sure the Sooners are going to win this one by the 24 points it would take for them to cover the spread.
Oklahoma has gone 4-1 ATS in its last five games against non-conference opponents, but Tulsa has gone 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
The Sooners have also won five straight games against Tulsa , including their 51-30 home win last season. However, I am going to urge you to back the Tulsa Green Wave, seeing as how the Sooners failed to cover the spread a year ago as 23-point home faves and face an identical spread this season.
Tulsa showed some serious heart in getting their big win in week 1 and I believe they’ll at least keep it close, particularly seeing as how they’re playing at home this season.
"Oklahoma’s not Tulane," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. "They’re a little better. But I also feel very proud, very confident in our receiving corps. I think those guys have the ability to make some plays."
Blankenship continued that his team’s focus has to be on Tulsa instead of getting caught up in the Sooners’ ranking or the fact that Oklahoma is an in-state team.
— Tulsa Football (@TulsaFootball) September 2, 2014
"If we focus on Oklahoma, then we step right into the trap that most people do when they play Oklahoma," he said. "We’ve got to be about Tulsa. And if we’ll execute — offense, defense, special teams — we can make it very difficult on them. If we don’t execute, they are good enough to take advantage of every mistake that we make. And so we don’t need to forfeit our opportunity to win by giving it away."