Free Week 1 Prediction: Sooners vs Cougars Odds
Looking for Oklahoma Sooners vs. Houston Cougars free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the #3 Sooners taking on the #13 Cougars on Saturday September 3rd at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Oklahoma Sooners (0-0) vs. Houston Cougars (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Oklahoma -10
NCAA Betting Total: 68
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This is a huge opening game especially for upstart Houston, which does not get a lot of opportunities to prove that it is elite this season.
Though it is not on campus they should have a good portion of the crowd behind them.
Oklahoma is the favourite to claim in the B12 this season.
If they don’t win this one the will have to take the conference if they want to return to the playoffs. This game is part of an amazing first Saturday of action.
Oklahoma is looking to have another big season but when the expectations are high they have often stumbled.
This team is led by a high powered offense featuring Baker Mayfield at quarterback and one of the best running back tandems in Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon.
They should definitely be able to put points on the board against Houston.
On defense there is talent but all of their best defensive players from a year ago are now playing in the NFL. They won’t get pushed around but is their enough skill to beat to corral a dynamic offensive team off the hop.
Oklahoma might be playoff worthy but this group is likely to improve each week as they make a run.
They might be vulnerable now.
Houston had a great 2015 campaign finishing 13-1 including a win over Florida State in a bowl game.
They were actually quite close to being perfect, though they were under the radar.
That is not the case this season as they look to be the first Group of 5 team to crash the playoffs. The only way they have a chance is if they are can beat Oklahoma with everyone watching.
They are certainly not the favourite but they have a chance of outpunching their weight.
Speaking of weight, QB Greg Ward is under 200lbs but he might be the most valuable player in all of college football. He is one of the best run/pass threats in the game and is the key to the Cougars season.
They have to be dynamic on offense and like OU are missing some of their best defensive players from a year ago.
Ward has to go toe to toe with Oklahoma and not blink. There is no way they win this one if he is not awesome.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Sooners are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
- Sooners are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
- Under is 5-1 in Sooners last 6 non-conference games.
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Cougars are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games on grass.
- Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in September.
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I am not calling the upset but I think the Cougars can play with Oklahoma. The key will be Ward and being able to slow down the Sooners running game. Lucky for them Mayfield won’t be content to hand off the rock 45 times.
They will have to make him make a mistake.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston +10.5
Don’t get scared if the Cougars are down early. Coach Tom Herman is one of the best in the game and will have a gameplan but he also might need the first quarter to see how OU is defending his Cougars.
The number has been at this level for a while and might go up a little as the game approaches.
Week 11 Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma 35 – Houston 31
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