Oklahoma vs. Ohio State - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) at Oklahoma Sooners (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Oklahoma Sooners square off Saturday night at Memorial Stadium on FOX.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to build on their 2-0 start after outscoring their opponents, 125-13. J.T. Barrett is completing 66 percent of his passes for 498 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Barrett has at least one touchdown pass in seven of his last eight games. Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson have combined for 314 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Noah Brown has four receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 313.5 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 228 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, OSU is allowing 6.5 points and 216 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Buckeyes with 12 tackles, Nick Bosa has one sack and Malik Hooker has three interceptions.
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The Oklahoma Sooners have a chance to redeem themselves after getting dominated in week 1 to the Houston Cougars. Baker Mayfield is completing 71.7 percent of his passes for 567 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mayfield has eight touchdown passes in his last four games. Mark Andrews and Dede Westbrook have combined for 257 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Nick Basquine has three receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 179 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 157 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 25 points and 380 yards per game. Jordan Evans leads the Sooners with 18 tackles, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has two sacks and Amani Bledsoe has one pass deflection.
The Buckeyes are 40-16-1 ATS in their last 57 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Sooners are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
I’m so tired of backing Bob Stoops in a big game and having him completely crap the bed. However, the Houston game was good for the Sooners, as it should have them 100 percent focused on this contest. Mayfield is capable of lighting the Buckeyes up through the air, and that Oklahoma defense is great at stopping the run. Barrett will be held in the pocket and forced to make plays with his arm, something I’m not sure he can do consistently.
I really don’t want to back Stoops again, but I have that feeling the Sooners are going to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd.