Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 12, 2015, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers +1 -- Over/Under: 61.5
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Oklahoma Sooners face off on Saturday in Knoxville in a college football matchup of ranked teams.
After several years of mediocrity the expectations are sky high for the Tennessee Volunteers this season. The Vols started their season on Saturday slugging it out with Bowling Green before finally pulling away late. Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 205 yards and a touchdown and he also rushed for 89 yards and another TD. Tennessee put up 399 yard on the ground led by Alvin Kamara who ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Jalen Hurd who ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Ethan Wolf had two receiving touchdowns and Juan Jennings and Josh Malone each had three catches. The Tennessee defense had a rough day allowing 30 points and 557 yards. Jalen Reeves-Maybin leads Tennessee is tackling with nine and Emmanuel Mosely and Brian Randolph each had six tackles. Tennessee’s offense appears to be good shape while the defense may need some work
The Oklahoma Sooners opened their season at home by thrashing Akron and while they were impressive it is a far cry from what they will see in Knoxville on Saturday. The Oklahoma offense struggled to score at the start but starting QB Baker Mayfield completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns. Sooner superstar running back Samaje Perine ran for just 33 yards on 11 carries while Jarvis Baxter was the top OU receiver with five catches though Joe Mixon’s three catches netted 115 yards and a TD. While the Oklahoma defense was tough against the pass allowing just 88 yards, they were outrushed allowing 138 yards on the ground. Dominique Alexander led all Oklahoma tacklers with 10 and Jordan Thomas and Eri Striker were among those with five. Once again the expectations are big for Oklahoma, it is just a matter of if they will live up to them this time.
Tennessee is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 2-5 against the spread following a win, and 4-9 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Oklahoma is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record.
The total is set at 61.5 and I can see this one going over that number as the offenses are the stronger units of these two teams. My stronger play is on the winning team against the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.