Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tennessee Volunteers CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) at Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers and Oklahoma Sooners will square off Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Tennessee Volunteers have gotten off to a solid 2-0 start, but wins over Utah State and Arkansas State don’t have folks claiming the program is back just yet. One thing the Vols do have going for them is solid quarterback play in Justin Worley, who is completing 64.5 percent of his passes and has five touchdowns. Tennessee is averaging 399 yards of offense and nearly five yards per play, but the Vols have to get more consistent production from running backs Jalen Hurd and Marlin Lane in order for things to reach the next level. Defensively, the Volunteers are allowing just 13 points per game and under 300 yards. A.J. Johnson leads the Tennessee Volunteers with 18 tackles and Jalen Reeves-Maybin has 2.5 tackles for loss.
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The Oklahoma Sooners are also an untested 2-0 with wins over Louisiana Tech and Tulsa. However, when Keith Ford, Alex Ross and Samaje Perine all have over 100 rushing yards already, you know something is working well. The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging more than 500 yards of total offense and scoring 50 points per game. While the overall numbers may be pretty, quarterback Trevor Knight must improve his completion percentage of 58.8 if the Sooners are going to become more of a balanced offensive attack. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard has turned into a monster with 226 receiving yards. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing less than four yards per play and has produced five turnovers. Caleb Gastelum leads the Sooners with 11 tackles and Zack Sanchez has two interceptions.
The Volunteers are 5-16-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. SEC.
I don’t love this game either way, but I do know it’s a monster game for the Volunteers if they want to prove to the college football world that they’re close to being a contender again. Being on the road does scare me and I know what the Sooners are capable of. I’d also wait to see if the line goes up before locking it in.
Still, when in doubt, take the points.