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Oklahoma Sooners National Championship Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners have been the best team in the Big 12 over the last 25 years. In the 17 seasons that the conference has held a championship game, Oklahoma has won the title nine times, and the Sooners are out to win their third straight Big 12 Championship Game. A win over Baylor on Saturday would give the Sooners their fifth consecutive title, and it could lead to Oklahoma’s fourth trip to the College Football Playoff in five years. Oklahoma likely needs some help to get there though, but the Sooners must do their part and beat the Bears as badly as possible.
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Big 12 Championship Odds
Oklahoma Sooners -8.5
Baylor Bears +8.5
Big 12 Championship Game Preview
Baylor nearly knocked off Oklahoma early in the season. The Bears took a 28-3 lead on the Sooners midway through the second quarter, and it appeared the rout was on. With their CFP hopes on the line, Oklahoma rallied to win 34-31 win though, holding Baylor scoreless in the second half.
The Sooners’ offense rolled up 525 total yards of offense against Matt Rhule’s defense in that game. Jalen Hurts overcame a shaky first half where he turned the ball over three times to throw for 297 yards and run for 114 yards, as Oklahoma ran 95 plays compared to 52 plays for Baylor.
Oklahoma’s maligned defense was fantastic against Baylor, shutting the door on the Bears in the second half. Baylor picked up just 103 yards of offense after halftime as the Sooners forced two turnovers to help the offense.
Hurts will be the star of the show this time too. He has posted mind-boggling numbers this season in Norman, and Hurts should end the year with over 5,000 yards of offense and 50 touchdowns. The Alabama transfer has completed 71.9 percent of his passes for over 3,300 yards with 31 touchdowns and six interceptions, while running for 1,217 yards and 18 touchdowns in Lincoln Riley’s offense.
This run game has been devastating in 2019. Oklahoma sets everything up off the counter, and that has led to the Sooners being one of the best running teams in the nation. Kennedy Brooks is closing in on 1,000 yards, and the Sooners are averaging 6.4 YPC as a team.
Baylor has the best defense in the Big 12. The Bears are 15th in the nation in defensive SP+, and they don’t miss tackles. That could lead to the offense sputtering once more like it did in the first half in their prior meeting, opening the door for a potential Baylor upset.
CeeDee Lamb will look to close that door. Oklahoma’s best receiver did not play in the first game between these two teams, but he will be available for this game. Unfortunately, he has not been himself since he missed that tilt, catching just six passes for 52 yards in the last two weeks.
Charlie Brewer is hoping to lead Baylor past Oklahoma this time, but this offense is based on ball control. Baylor wants to limit the number of Oklahoma’s possessions, and that means a heavy dose of the running game. The Bears are averaging 5.0 YPC this season, and they did average 4.9 YPC against the Sooners in their first meeting.
Week 14 Recap
Oklahoma cruised to another easy win over Oklahoma State in Bedlam last weekend. Historically, this is the most one-sided rivalry in college football, and the Sooners continue to assert their authority over the Cowboys. Hurts didn’t take to the air much, completing just 13 of 16 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in the win, as Oklahoma insisted on keeping the ball on the ground. The Sooners ran for 283 yards and two touchdowns, with Brooks carrying the ball 22 times for 160 yards and a score.
The Sooners’ defense did an effective job limiting Mike Gundy’s offense. Oklahoma State didn’t have star freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, but the Cowboys still had the NCAA’s leading rusher in Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard ran for over 100 yards in the loss, but not by much, and he was largely a non-factor in this game.
2019 Oklahoma Sooners Betting Schedule
||Oklahoma vs. Houston
||Sunday, September 1
||Oklahoma vs. South Dakota
||Monday, September 7
||Oklahoma at UCLA
||Saturday, September 14
||Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
||Saturday, September 28
||Oklahoma at Kansas
||Saturday, October 5
||Oklahoma vs. Texas
||Saturday, October 12
||Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
||Saturday, October 19
||Oklahoma at Kansas State
||Saturday, October 26
||Oklahoma vs. Iowa State
||Saturday, November 9
||Oklahoma at Baylor
||Saturday, November 16
||Oklahoma vs. TCU
||Saturday, November 23
||Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
||Saturday, November 30
The Oklahoma Sooners have a long history of success in college football. They have won seven national championships, the first of which came in 1950 and the most recent of which came in 2000. Oklahoma has one of the most fierce rivalries in college football against the Texas Longhorns. The teams have gone back and forth throughout history with the Sooners boasting the upper hand of late.
Bob Stoops brought Oklahoma to an extremely high level during his long tenure at the school and Lincoln Riley has done a great job building upon it. The Sooners have regularly been in the College Football Playoff race and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see more of the same in 2019. While some programs go up and down Oklahoma has remained among the elite for a long time and does not seem to be falling from that perch any time soon.
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