Oklahoma vs. Nebraska NCAAF Game Odds and Predictions
Top College Football sportsbooks favor Oklahoma over Nebraska when the Sooners and the Cornhuskers play on Saturday in week 3 of college football action from Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners hope for their fifth 3-0 start in the last six years. The Nebraska Cornhuskers need a win to get back on black.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS) got off to another underwhelming start. This prompted the school to change coaches less than a month into the season. Mickey Joseph’s first order of business as Nebraska head coach is beating the Oklahoma Sooners (2-0, 1-1), who have won 28 of their last 32 away games and opened as 13.5-point favorites at the best online sports books.
Early action bode well for Nebraska’s chances of reacting positively to the coaching change. This drove the point spread down from 17 points to 13.5 points. There was also considerable interest in the OVER, which caused the total to increase a couple of points from the opener.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds by BetOnline
|Oklahoma||-10½ ( -110 )||66½ ( -110 )||-370|
|Nebraska||+10½ ( -110 )||66½ ( -110 )||+310|
The Oklahomies are road chalk at top sportsbooks online. The Sooners opened the season with a couple of 30-point wins, but consistency still lacks on the offensive side of the ball. Oklahoma failed to score a point for almost the whole first half of last week’s 33-3 win over Kent State.
They then exploded for 33 points in less than 19 minutes to bury the Golden Flashes. QB Dillon Gabriel (21-for-28, 296 yards, 3 touchdowns) and receiver Marvin Mims (7 catches, 163 yards and 2 TDs) led the Oklahoma attack, which had just seven rushing yards in the first half.
The Sooners defense also delivered the goods for the second straight week. They held Kent State to 131 passing yards and 3.2 yards per carry. The win moved Oklahoma to 29-1 SU in their last 30 games at home, though the Sooners have been almost as dangerous as visitors during that period. Oklahoma has won 28 of its last 32 away games by an average of 16 points per contest.
As spotty as it has been this season, Oklahoma’s offense has the means to blow things wide open at any time and you can never rule it out. If the Sooners can produce a couple of early scoring drives, it could demoralize a Nebraska roster that hopes the coaching change will make a difference.
The Oklahoma Sooners have won four of their last six games on the road. Dillon Gabriel has completed 70.6% of his passes for 529 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Marvin Mims and Theo Wease have a total of 318 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Drake Stoops has five recep-tions.
Stomach-churning losses characterized Scott Frost’s stint as the Nebraska head coach, and the most recent one was the last straw for the Cornhuskers’ athletic department. Frost was fired following last week’s 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern which dropped the former Huskers QB to 16-31 SU as the team’s head coach. 22 of those losses came by eight points or less.
Joseph, another former Nebraska QB, hopes to turn the team’s tide around after he was named interim coach for the rest of the season. He need not worry too much about QB Casey Thompson and the Huskers offense.
They have averaged 36 points per game in their first three outings. However, the defense has been ghastly. They allowed 642 yards last week to a Sun Belt school and fell to 124th in the country in yards allowed per game.
An in-season coaching change has the potential to bring a spark to a struggling squad. Don’t be surprised to see some more energy from the Cornhuskers now that Frost is history. Nebraska tends to overperform when expectations are low. They have gone 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as an underdog at top sportsbooks online.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers NCAAF Pick
The Oklahoma Sooners are the superior team and are rightly favored. However, the Nebraska Cornhuskers just dismissed head coach Scott Frost, and that could be the Rubicon in their season. We’ve seen many times when a coach is fired and that shocks the team back to life.
We don’t think many were all that happy about Frost, so him being gone could work wonders for this program. Nebraska doesn’t lack talent, and gave the Sooners a run for their money on the road last season. We’ll take our chances with the two free touchdowns.