After watching the Kansas City Chiefs go back and forth with the reigning Super Bowl champions, college football betting fans are ready for anything. Sports betting sites had the Chiefs pegged at massive sports betting underdogs against the Pats; something like +320 on the money line. Needless to say, US sportsbook players who took a risk on Kansas City this past Thursday are walking around with a pretty big grin on their face right about now.
Thankfully, NCAA football betting continues this weekend, giving bettors the opportunity to recover from any losses suffered on New England, or get back at any of their friends that are currently gloating. And there’s no better matchup for a friendly wager than this weekend’s contest between No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 2 Ohio State.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Saturday, September 9th
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
Start Time: 7:30 pm ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Online Stream Options: ABC Sports, Watch ESPN
Despite both programs being amongst the most storied in the country, this will be just the 4th time these two have crossed paths. The Buckeyes hold a slight 2-1 edge over the Sooners, which includes 2016’s 21-point triumph in Norman. But this game will take place in Columbus, where Oklahoma is undefeated against Ohio State. Granted, they’ve only played one game there and the Sooners’ victory came off a last-minute field goal.
This year’s rendition pits two of the best teams in the nation against each other. With each program vying for a spot in this year’s playoffs, there’s no doubt this game will go down as a classic. Let’s find out what kind of US online sportsbook action is available.
US Sportsbook Odds
Oklahoma Sooners +7 ½ (-110) 64 (-110) +255
Ohio State Buckeyes -7 ½ (-110) 64 (-110) -310
Surprisingly enough, US sportsbooks are heavily leaning towards the Buckeyes. But if Ohio State is to deliver a decisive victory, they’ll need a strong outing from JT Barrett.
Barrett kicked off the 2017 college football betting season by hailing in 365 yards against Indiana. Barrett could’ve finished with several dozen more, had his receivers not dropped a few deep balls. However, it feels like the Buckeyes’ offense hasn’t quite hit its stride and once it does it could aim for new levels of explosiveness. Barrett was challenged to connect more down the field on longer passes and we haven’t seen that yet. We’ll see how well Barrett fares down the field against to Oklahoma.
The man opposing Barrett will be Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma’s own quarterback. Mayfield wasn’t half bad in his 2017 debut either, connecting on 19/20 while putting up 329 yards and three touchdowns before getting some rest on the bench in the second half. Mayfield also has a plethora of experience, while some might argue that he pales in athleticism when compared to Barrett. Either way, this is one matchup US sportsbook players won’t want to miss.
Best Sportsbook Bets to Make: Both teams are coming off strong games against weak opponents, so this represents each side’s first real challenge. The odds available on the Sooners makes Oklahoma seem like a catchy bet to make. But if you feel confident in Ohio State you should take the spread.