Oklahoma Sooners vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-8) at Oklahoma Sooners (11-2)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -37.5 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports, PPV
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners begin their college football season Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs return 13 starters from a team that won four games last season and struggled mightily on the offensive end. The one thing the Bulldogs do have to their advantage is an explosive running back duo in Kenneth Dixon and Tevin King, two players who averaged more than five yards per carry last season. The quarterback spot comes down to Ryan Higgins or Cody Sokol, and I’m not sure it makes much of a difference who starts under center. The Bulldogs defense showed promise throughout the season by forcing 26 turnovers and finishing 61st in college football in points allowed. With seven starters returning, including playmaker Mitch Villemez, the Bulldogs strength should be its defense this season.
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The Oklahoma Sooners are one of the favorites to clinch a playoff spot this season, as they’re expected to be the best team in the Big 12. Trevor Knight will hold down the quarterback spot and after carving up the Alabama Crimson Tide in last year’s Sugar Bowl, big things are expected from the now full-time starter. Although running back Joe Mixon will be suspended for the entire season, Alex Ross and Keith Ford are no slouches and will help give the Sooners a balanced offensive attack. Oklahoma’s defense is expected to be one of the best in the Big 12 with guys such as Charles Tapper, Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker all returning from a unit that was 22nd in the country in points allowed. Bob Stoops and his staff once again have one of the more talented teams in the country, it’s all about not looking ahead and actually fulfilling expectations.
The Bulldogs are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
It’s always tough to handicap these college football games where the spread is so insane. Oklahoma is going to win the game pretty easily, but Louisiana Tech is an experienced club that does have a deep backfield that can make plays and control the clock a bit.
Expecting a 38-point win in the first week of the season may be asking for a bit much. I’ll take my chances by grabbing the points.