Oklahoma Sooners College Football Betting
On October 10, 2020 the Oklahoma Sooners and freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler faced a fork in the road against the arch rival Texas Longhorns in the Red River Shootout. Rattler was struggling and was pulled during the game to get his head together. When Rattler was put back on the field, he stopped turning the ball over and making careless plays. Rattler began to click. Oklahoma went on to beat the Longhorns 53-45 in four overtimes to stop a two-game losing streak. Ratter and the Sooners saved their season and have gone undefeated ever since to get back into position to play for the Big 12 Conference championship. Just as important is the fact that the Sooners defense is rapidly improving. Not only is the OU defense no longer a liability but at times its actually turning into an asset.
Oklahoma Sooners Weekly Odds
Oklahoma Sooners -23
Baylor Bears +23
Oklahoma Sooners Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Oklahoma Sooners will host the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family OK Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Kickoff time and television coverage is to be determined.
Last week the Baylor Bears rallied from 31-22 down midway through the fourth quarter to defeat the Kansas State Wildcats 32-31 as 5.5-point home favorites with the game going over the total of 45. Baylor improved to 2-5 straight up, 2-4-1 against the spread, and 3-3 on totals.
Baylor has national rankings of 108th for total offense, 64th for passing, 117th for rushing, 74th for scoring, and 12th for turnovers. Defensively the Bears rank 42nd in the country, 15th against the pass, 84th against the rush, 54th for points allowed, and 24th for takeaways.
Baylor has covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games against Oklahoma. Baylor has also gotten the money in eight of their last 10 games at Oklahoma. Under the total has hit in four of the last six games between the Bears and Sooners at Oklahoma. Baylor has also covered nine of their last 12 games against the spread on the road.
Oklahoma Sooners Weekly Recap
Last time out for the Oklahoma Sooners was on November 21 in a 41-23 win and cover as 7-point home favorites in their Bedlam rivalry game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. As a result, the Sooners are 6-2 straight up and against the spread with 5-3 over the total.
Oklahoma ranks 10th in the nation for total offense, 7th for passing, 59th for rushing, 6th for scoring and 62nd for turnovers. Defensively OU has improved to rank 19th in the nation, 60th against the pass, 9th against the rush, 28th for points allowed, and 34th for takeaways.
In his first three seasons as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners Lincoln Riley led them to the college football playoff. Lack of defense was the reason why OU failed to advance to the national championship game. But two years ago, Gundy hired Alex Grinch to take over the unit. While Grinch has needed time to get quality defensive players and his system implemented, he has begun to turn the tide. Grinch made his bones as a co-defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer with the Ohio State Buckeyes which is what caught Riley’s attention.
Since taking over Grinch has shown a more sophisticated approach to defense and combatting the high tech Big 12 Conference offenses. This is the year in which he has truly moved the needle. Should the Sooners defense continue its upswing it could be the element that was needed and missing from previous playoff campaigns.
Rattler is set to become the fourth Oklahoma quarterback under Riley to get an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation perhaps as soon as next season. Rattler is the rare player in this era that is tough enough to handle criticism and even being benched in the highest profile game of the year, only to emerge better for it and ultimately victorious.
Rattler has a quarterback rating of 178.2 with 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He is averaging 10 yards per pass with 2319 yards.
A big part of the defensive improvement has been linebacker Nik Bonitto with a team high 6.5 sacks.
2020 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule
||vs Missouri State
||vs Kansas State
||@ Iowa State
||@ Texas (Dallas, TX)
||@ Texas Tech
||vs Oklahoma State
||@ West Virginia
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