Oklahoma Sooners College Football Betting
After three games the 2020 Oklahoma Sooners’ season was on the brink. Freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler was inconsistent and the defense was not showing improvement. In the second game of the season, Oklahoma led the Kansas State Wildcats 35-14 with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter. Incredibly enough they lost 38-35 as 28-point home favorites. It was the second consecutive year that head coach Lincoln Riley lost to Chris Klieman and K-State. But things got worse the following week in Ames, Iowa against the Iowa State Cyclones. Once again, OU blew a late lead of 30-23 midway through the fourth quarter. ISU scored two touchdowns and then intercepted Rattler on a bail out drive to win the ABC primetime instant classic. Then came the game that changed the season. The Red River Shootout against the hated arch-rival Texas Longhorns saw Rattler get benched for throwing an interception. After clearing his head he returned to action to spark a 53-45 win. From that point, Oklahoma and Rattler were never the same. OU rolled the rest of the regular season.
Oklahoma Sooners Weekly Odds
Oklahoma Sooners +4.5
Florida Gators -4.5
Oklahoma Sooners Weekly Matchup
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, the Oklahoma Sooners will face the Florida Gators in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
The Florida Gators showed better than expected in a 52-46 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game as 16.5 point dogs with the game going over the total of 74. As a result, the Gators are 8-3 straight up, 5-5-1 against the spread, and 7-4 over the total. Florida ranks 9th in the nation for total offense, 1st for passing, 110th for rushing, and 11th for scoring. Defensively the Gators rank 62nd in the nation, 99th against the pass, 48th against the rush, and 61st for points allowed.
In the loss to Alabama, Gators quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 408 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished a spectacular season with a 186.7 QB rating, 43 touchdown passes, and just 5 interceptions. Trask threw for 4125 yards and 10.1 yards per pass.
Oklahoma Sooners Weekly Recap
Last week the Oklahoma Sooners won the Big 12 championship game over the Iowa State Cyclones 27-21 as 5 point chalk with the game going under the total of 59.5. Oklahoma now stands at 8-2 straight up, 7-3 against the spread, and 5-5 on totals. Oklahoma ranks 18th for total offense, 12th for passing, 77th for rushing, and 9th for scoring. Defensively OU ranks 20th in the country, 75th against the pass, 3rd against the rush, and 30th for points allowed.
OU freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler finished a strong campaign with a 170.9 QB rating, 2784 yards passing. 9.5 yards per attempt, 25 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions.
Against the Cyclones, he threw for 272 yards passing and a TD.
Lincoln Riley led Oklahoma to the college football playoff in his first three years on the job. But he was never able to win any of those three playoff games. The big reason was a defense that was rendered utterly helpless against the opposition. Riley made the tough call to change coordinators, hiring Alex Grinch to head the defense in 2019. Grinch arrived from Ohio State where he was a co-defensive coordinator.
But before that, he was defensive coordinator for Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars. That proved to be a perfect training ground for the Oklahoma job. Washington State boasted a prolific passing attack, much like Oklahoma, which puts tremendous pressure, wear and tear on a defense. Grinch learned to coordinate a defense that would often get short rests between possessions.
And then at Ohio State, he learned how to coach the most elite athletes in college football. He arrived at Oklahoma ready-made for success.
Now that Oklahoma is recruiting better players and adapting to Grinch’s system the defense has been transformed from a liability into something of an asset. All Oklahoma needs for success is a decent defense because the offense is going to score all the points necessary for success.
2020 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule
||vs Missouri State
||vs Kansas State
||@ Iowa State
||@ Texas (Dallas, TX)
||@ Texas Tech
||vs Oklahoma State
||vs Iowa State (Big 12 Championship)
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