NCAA Football Week 5 Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Saturday, 9/28/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma -3
Opening Total:  48.5
Current Total:  48.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Oklahoma Sooners are 8-2 SU on the road since 2011
The Oklahoma Sooners are 8-2 SU on the road since 2011

Oklahoma is seeking for its 10th 4-0 start under head coach Bob Stoops, as it comes off a bye week after capturing a 51-20 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Sept. 14, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football picks Saturday afternoon.  The Sooners have won eight straight regular season games since suffering a 30-13 defeat to Notre Dame last year.  The program has compiled an impressive 46-22 against ranked opponents under Stoops, as it attempts to snap its opponents’ nine-game home winning streak.  Oklahoma is 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS on the road over the last two-plus seasons.

The Sooners are 35-3 in their last 38 games when scoring 30 points or more, as they enter this contest ranking second in the Big 12 Conference in averaging 271.7 rushing yards per game.  Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell will look to have another strong performance in his second career start, as he completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions against Tulsa.  On the other side of the football, the defense is second in the conference in surrendering just nine points per game.

Notre Dame is 3-1 SU and 0-3-1 ATS through four games of the season, which includes a 17-13 victory over the Michigan State Spartans as four-point home favorites against the Michigan State Spartans last Saturday.  The Fighting Irish have won 10 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, while they’ve gone 10-1 in their last 18 games decided by seven points or less under head coach Brian Kelly.  Notre Dame is 2-4 SUATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 4-2 in that situation.

The Fighting Irish have allowed an average of 18.2 points per game over the last four seasons, which ranks as the fifth-best mark of any team in the country in that span.  Notre Dame has allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns in college football over the last 34 games, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA football betting lines.

Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners, as the Fighting Irish are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games.

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