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UL-Monroe vs. Oklahoma Odds

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NORMAN, OK (The Spread) – No. 16 Oklahoma hopes to get the season off on the right foot on Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 7PM ET.

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Oklahoma is coming off a 10-3 record in 2012 where it went 6-7 against the spread. Louisiana-Monroe went 8-5 last season and also was 8-5 against the spread. This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Trends show that Oklahoma is just 1-4 against the spread in its last five games and 0-4 ATS in its last four home games. UL-Monroe has covered the spread in seven of its last eight road games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Oklahoma is the clear favorite at home, as the Sooners have odds of -21 points against UL-Monroe. The over/under total for the game has been set at 60 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Oklahoma favored by 23 points. The spread hit a peak of 23.5 points, but is now at its low of Oklahoma -21. The over/under total opened at 58.5 points, its lowest total. It has since made the climb up to 60.

Oklahoma had its third-straight season of 10 or more wins in 2012. This year’s team has just 11 starters back from last year and is working in a new quarterback in Trevor Knight, who is a redshirt freshman. Knight will have a steady running back in Damien Williams behind him, but Oklahoma will be looking to move the ball through the air. The Sooners have averaged over 335 passing yards per game the last three seasons. On defense, Oklahoma has just four starters back from a group that allowed 25.5 points and 398 yards per game in 2012. Leading the unit is cornerback Aaron Colvin, who had four interceptions and 11 pass deflections a year ago.

The Warhawks of UL-Monroe had a strong 2012 season, going 8-5 while making their first bowl appearance. This year’s team has 18 starters back from that squad. On offense, the team will be led by quarterback Kolton Browning, who had 3,049 passing yards with 29 touchdowns in 2012. Browning had five of his top six receivers back from last season and four starters back on the offensive line. Defensively, the Warhawks allowed 29.2 points and 419 yards per game, so Oklahoma may be able to move the ball with ease. However, UL-Monroe does have a veteran secondary that created 15 interceptions in 2012.

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In terms of Injuries, UL-Monroe is listed as healthy while Oklahoma has defensive end D.J. Ward listed as out with a stomach issue and receiver Jordan Smallwood will miss this game due to a foot injury.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Oklahoma at home. The Sooners are getting 56% of the wagers with odds of -21 points against UL-Monroe on Saturday.

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