Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, 9/14/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma -28
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma -24.5
Opening Total: 49
Current Total: 49
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Tulsa has split its first two games of the 2013 college football season, as it comes off a 30-27 victory over the Colorado State Rams as 13.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 55. The Golden Hurricane have the smallest enrollment among FBS schools, while they go against a program that has 31,097 students. The team’s last win over a Top 25 team was against No. 24 Hawaii in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Tulsa is 1-3 ATS versus Big 12 Conference opponents the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (2-2 Over/Under).
The Golden Hurricane have 29 players that are either freshmen or sophomores on their current 44-man two-deep depth chart, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions in Week 3. Tulsa had seven new starters on the defensive unit to open the season, including four players on the line that made their first-ever starts. Offensively, the program is led by a two-headed monster at running back, with Ja’Terian Douglas and Trey Watts. They entered this as the backfield duo to put up the second-most rushing and receiving yards that returned to the gridiron this season.
Oklahoma has won seven straight regular season games dating back to 2012, while it looks to improve to 7-0 in this series under head coach Bob Stoops—winning the previous six by an average margin of 30 points. The Sooners have dominated those meetings on the ground—outrushing the Golden Hurricane by an average of 250.7 to 89.0 yards. Keep an eye on the halftime score, as Saturday’s host has won 35 consecutive games when going into the break with a lead. Oklahoma is 6-8 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-6-1 in that situation.
The Sooners lead the Big 12 in averaging 310.5 rushing yards per game, with running back Brennan Clay ranking second amongst league members in gaining 106.5 yards on the ground per contest. Oklahoma is the only 2-0 FBS team that is averaging over 300 rushing yards and allowing 7.0 points per game or less after facing two FBS opponents in the first two games.
Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners due to their 21-10 ATS mark after accumulating 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
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