Ohio State vs. Oklahoma - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. Oklahoma - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Ohio Stadium)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Oklahoma Sooners and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.

The Oklahoma Sooners look for another victory after rocking UTEP, 56-7, in their season opener. The Oklahoma Sooners have won 11 straight road games. Baker Mayfield is completing 95 percent of his passes for 329 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mayfield has two or more touchdown passes in 14 straight games. Mark Andrews and Jeff Badet have combined for 225 receiving yards and one touchdown while Lee Morris has one reception. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 180 yards per contest, and Abdul Adams leads the way with 53 yards on seven carries. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing seven points and 167 yards per game. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo leads the Oklahoma Sooners with four tackles, Marquise Overton has one tackle for loss and Tre Norwood has one pass deflection.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Indiana, 49-21. The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t lost a home game since November of 2015. J.T. Barrett is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Barrett has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon have combined for 201 receiving yards and two touchdowns while J.K. Dobbins has two receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 292 yards per contest, and Dobbins leads the way with 181 yards on 29 carries. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 21 points and 437 yards per game. Kendall Sheffield leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with seven tackles, Tyquan Lewis has two sacks and Jordan Fuller has one interception.

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The Sooners are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Buckeyes are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games in September, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 games on fieldturf and the under is 5-1 in Sooners last 6 games overall.

Over the years I've been backing Oklahoma in big games only to be letdown and watch my money burn in flames. I was on Oklahoma in last years game against Ohio State when the Buckeyes dropped 45 points and took the heart out of the Sooners chest. That was the last straw. I now have zero confidence in these Sooners in big games. Sure, the talent is there and Mayfield is one of the top quarterbacks in college football, but they usually choke under the bright lights, and this is one of the bigger games of the season, period. OSU grew up in the second half against Indiana and has an experienced QB who will have his guys ready. I'm going to take the Buckeyes by double digits at home, as I've seen Oklahoma come up small time and time again in games you'd think they'd put up a fight. 

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Randy’s Pick Ohio State Buckeyes -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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