College Football Week 2 Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Saturday, 9/6/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma -24.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma -24.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Oklahoma Sooners are 18-7-1 SU all-time against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The Oklahoma Sooners are 18-7-1 SU all-time against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Oklahoma is coming off a 48-16 home win over Louisiana Tech, as it has won five consecutive games dating back to the 2013 campaign, which is important to consider when making your Week 2 college football picks.  The Sooners are 18-7-1 SU all-time against the Golden Hurricane, including a perfect 7-0 mark under head coach Bob Stoops.  The program is 44-6 SU in September games under Stoops, while it has one 19-3 SU versus in-state schools since he arrived in Norman.

The Sooners owned a plus-129 rushing differential in their opener—after out-gaining their foes by an average of 86.3 rushing yards per game during the 2013 campaign.  Oklahoma had 19 players make their debuts in the season opener, including eight true freshmen.  It’s important to keep an eye on the score after 30 minutes of play, with the program winning 43 consecutive games when leading at halftime, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.

Tulsa earned a 38-31 overtime victory over Tulane as 4.5-point home favorites last week, while going OVER the betting total of 46.5.  Of the 56 players that saw action in the season opener for the Golden Hurricane—31 were either freshmen or sophomores.  Two key players who missed last season returned to the lineup for the 2014 season opener, with 2012 leading receiver Keyarris Garrett and safety DeMarco Nelson primed to make major contributions in 2014.  Tulsa is 2-4 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER cashing in four of those opportunities.

The Golden Hurricane are 7-16 SU at home against ranked opponents since 1936, with their last such victory coming in 2004.  Tulsa sophomore quarterback Dane Evans came into the season with 898 passing yards and four touchdowns in eight games played, but he threw for nearly half of his total yardage from that experience last time out.  He completed 31-of-53 passes for 438 yards and matched his career total with four scores.

Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners due to their 4-0 ATS mark as favorites in the last four meetings in this in-state rivalry.

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