Oklahoma 41 Houston 27. @NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.
Coogs are 10-1-1 ATS as an underdog the last 3 years while Oklahoma is just 1-6 ATS in the state of Texas the last 3 years.
Coogs had a 13-1 record last year and beat an unmotivated FSU team to get to a #15 ranking this year. Coogs return only 11 starters – but QB Greg Ward, Jr is a key piece – and are inexperienced on the OL and secondary. Both of those could present matchup issues vs an athletic OU defensive front and also QB Baker Mayfield and a high-powered OU offense. The hefty opponent ranking, trip to Houston to play in an NFL stadium, bad taste of losing to Clemson in the playoffs and national TV coverage makes this a game the Sooners can rally around.
Maybe CTH really wants to dampen expectations knowing that OU is better than FSU and we knocked out FSU’s QB. However, we held Dalvin Cook to minimal production.