Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
September 18, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -22 ; Over/Under: -62.5
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The Oklahoma Sooners meet the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday in week 3 college football action from OU Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers are coming off a week two game versus Buffalo. In that matchup, Nebraska posted a 25-point victory. As for Oklahoma, they played Western Carolina in their last outing. The Sooners destroyed WCU in a big shutout win. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Nebraska drilled Fordham in their first game of the season, cruising to a 52-7 blowout victory. Cornhuskers QB Adrian Martinez finished with a 17-of-23 line for 254 yards and one TD. Markese Stepp led the rushers with 18 carries for 101 yards.
In game two versus Buffalo, Nebraska carried a 14-0 lead into the break on the way to a 28-3 win. QB Adrian Martinez put up 242 yards with two touchdowns in the win, and also led the rushers with 112 yards. Samori Toure caught two balls for 136 yards and two scores as well.
Over on the Oklahoma side, they had a bit of trouble shaking off a pesky Tulane team in their opener, but ultimately took a 40-35 victory. The Sooners scored just three points in the second half in that one. QB Spencer Rattler managed 304 yards with a TD and two picks.
Oklahoma played Western Carolina in game two. In that matchup, the Sooners didn’t have many issues at all in a wild 76-0 blowout win. Quarterback Spencer Rattler put up 243 yards and five touchdowns on 20-of-26 passing, and Eric Gray led the rush on 74 yards.
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The Cornhuskers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 in September. Nebraska is 3-7 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Sooners are 4-0 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 7-1 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up win. Oklahoma is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven in September.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Oklahoma. The Cornhuskers posted 296 passing yards in their week two win, with 136 of those yards coming on just two throws (and another 90 on three more). It was certainly a big-strike offensive game supplemented by Martinez’s rushing.
As for Oklahoma, they were near unstoppable with 624 total yards in week two, along with 31 first downs, 76 plays, just one punt and a 9-of-13 mark on third and fourth downs. The Sooners won’t have such an easy time here but I still think they can cover.