Oklahoma Betting Odds Preview
With a 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS season last year, the Oklahoma Sooners earned a share of the Big 12 title with Kansas State. The Landry Jones era comes to an end in Oklahoma, but one of the nation’s most consistent programs should find a way to stay competitive for the division title again.
Just about every year for the past seven years, the Oklahoma Sooners have entered the regular season with National Championship hype, and each year they’ve lost a game or two that leaves people feeling like they underperformed. But despite that fact, Oklahoma has continued to be a consistent winner, winning at least 10 games in six of the last seven years with a 74-21 SU record over that stretch.
For the first time since 2008, Landry Jones will not be starting at quarterback for Oklahoma. The Sooners have a few interesting options to replace him. Junior Blake Bell, known by Sooners fans as the “Belldozer”, has racked up 24 rushing touchdowns in a season and a half as a goal-line power rusher. He wasn’t used in passing situations with Jones at the helm, but his big frame comes with a big arm. Sophomore Kendel Thompson is a good passer with very quick feet. Regardless of who takes over under center full time, the position will add a rushing element that it lacked under Landry Jones.
The biggest issue on defense for Oklahoma last season was getting behind the line as the Sooners finished ninth in the Big 12 against the run and last in tackles for loss. The talent is here and the secondary is excellent, but Oklahoma will need to create more pressure to avoid last season’s blowups. Better play from the defense would be key to a Big 12 title for this team.
As a result of the team’s issues on defense and big numbers on offense, the Sooners were 7-2 on the OVER in conference play last year. That trend could continue in 2013.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 10
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500