College Football Week 8 Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, 10/19/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma -23.5
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma -22.5
Opening Total: 48
Current Total: 49
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Oklahoma is 14-0 in games immediately following the Red River Rivalry under head coach Bob Stoops, while it has won 20 consecutive games immediately following a regular season loss dating back to 2004. The Sooners have won all eight of their meetings against Kansas sine Stoops arrived in Norman, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks. The program is 123-6 under his watch when scoring 30-plus points, including 12 straight wins in this particular situation when hitting that mark. Oklahoma is 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 6-4 in that situation.
The Sooners have outscored their opponents by a 97-44 margin in the first half in 2013, while the Jayhawks have been outscored by 13 points in the same time frame. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 Conference in allowing 16.8 points and 308.8 yards per game. During the program’s eight-game winning streak in this series, it has outscored Kansas by a sizable 311-107 margin.
Kansas has lost 23 straight conference games and will be looking to end an 11-game streak of futility when taking on ranked opponents. The Jayhawks return home after suffering a 27-17 setback to the TCU Horned Frogs as 24-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests. Offensively, the team is averaging 345 yards per game, but has scored just 91 total points over five contests. Kansas is 5-10 SU and 7-8 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons.
The Jayhawks rank 35th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 with seven interceptions, but that category might not be important against a Sooners offensive unit that likes to run the football. Kansas is allowing 222.2 passing yards per game, which is 67.0 less than when it surrendered a program-worst 289.2 in that department. On the other side of the ball, running back James Sims is the player to watch, as he’s ran for 2,872 yards in his career.
Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners due to their 22-6 ATS mark following a SU loss.
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