A few writers make their picks:
Sam Khan and Jake Trotter
Trotter: Ward and Houston’s offense will give a retooling Sooners defense fits early on. But eventually, Oklahoma’s devastating rushing attack coupled with Mayfield’s opportune playmaking will prove too much for the Cougars in the second half. Oklahoma 41, Houston, 30.
Khan: It’s difficult to account for a quarterback like Ward – Florida State learned firsthand last season – and I’ll bet he gives the Sooners’ defense a lot of headaches. Can the Cougars pressure Mayfield enough and force enough turnovers to hang on when Oklahoma inevitably starts piling up the points? I’m going to go out on a limb and say yes, they can. Houston 34, Oklahoma 31.
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No. 3 Oklahoma (minus 11) vs. No. 15 Houston at NRG Stadium in Houston
The last time the Cougars went into a huge early season game this highly ranked was 1991 against Miami, and it did not turn out well for Houston. Can another much-hyped bunch of Coogs be heading for a similar fate? … OKLAHOMA 38-24.
Oklahoma 34, Houston 30: First off, I love that this game is being played at 11 a.m. It’s not the most fashionable time, but one of the best games of the weekend will get a featured window to give college football fans a legitimate full day of outstanding football. Houston could spring an upset, and the showdown between professional disrespect hunter Baker Mayfield and ex-NASCAR driver Greg Ward Jr. will be a lot of fun. The Sooners get one more stop late to seal the win.