2009 NCAAFB Betting Preview: BYU vs. Oklahoma Trends & Injuries Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 05 September 2009 10:15
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BYU vs. Oklahoma

BYU has a chance to make a big splash in the national title picture Saturday night when it faces Oklahoma at Cowboys Stadium at 7PM ET.

The 20th-ranked Cougars will face the No. 3 Sooners at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, with both teams believing they can have an unbeaten 2009 season.

Bet BYU vs. Oklahoma

BYU is coming off a 10-3 2008 season under fifth-year coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars were led by quarterback Max Hall, who threw for 3,957 yards and 35 touchdowns last season to get the Cougars to a top-20 ranking throughout the year. Hall is back and had receiver Dennis Pitta with him. Pitta caught 83 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns in 2008 as part of an offense that averaged 445 yards per-game. Also returning for BYU is running back Harvey Unga, who rushed for over 1,100 yards with 11 scores. The Cougars do have concerns on the offensive line, where left tackle Matt Reynolds is the only returning starter. Defensively, BYU brings back eight starters, led by two-time All-Mountain West defensive end Jan Jorgensen. Jorgensen racked up 54 tackles with five sacks in 2008.

Oklahoma brings back Heisman winner, Sam Bradford, at quarterback following a 12-2 2008 campaign where the Sooners lost to Florida in the BCS National Championship. Bradford totaled 4,720 yards through the air with 50 touchdown passes in 2008 and this season, Bradford had two of his top four receivers back. The Sooners have the luxury of bringing back Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray back at running back, as the two combined to rush for over 2,200 yards with 34 combined touchdowns. One weak spot in the offense for 11th-year head coach Bob Stoops could be the offensive line, where the Sooners lose four starters.  On defense, the Sooners bring back nine starters, led by sophomore linebacker Travis Lewis, who recorded 144 tackles and four interceptions while earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was a Second Team All-American in 2008 after tallying 6.5 sacks.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made Oklahoma 22-point favorites over BYU on Saturday night. The over/under total for this game has been established at 68.

Betting Trends
All games in this series since 1992

BYU is 1-0 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA since 1992

BYU is 1-0 straight up against OKLAHOMA since 1992

1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992
Key Player Injuries
BYU

No significant injuries.

OKLAHOMA

No significant injuries.

College Football Week 1: BYU vs. Oklahoma Odds & Over/Under Totals:

BYU Cougars +22 Over 68 (OFF)

Oklahoma Sooners -22 Under 68 (OFF)

Player Props:

What will Max Hall (BYU) throw first: Touchdown (-135) or Interception (+105)

Will Harvey Unga (BYU) score a touchdown: Yes (-200) or No (+160)

How many receptions will O'Neill Chambers (BYU) have: Over/Under 3.5

How many receptions will McKay Jacobson (BYU) have: Over/Under 4.5

What will Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) throw first: Touchdown (-400) or Interception (+300)

Will DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma) score a touchdown: Yes (-300) or No (+220)

How many receptions will Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) have: Over/Under 4.5

Bet BYU vs. Oklahoma

Posted: 9/5/09 3:15PM ET

 

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