Oklahoma vs. Houston Week 1 Pick

College Football Predictions Week 1 Oklahoma vs. Houston 8/31/16

One of the best matchups on the Week 1 college football schedule has Oklahoma and Houston meeting at NRG Stadium at 12:00PM ET on Saturday.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Sooners are now 12.5-point favorites to beat the Cougars after the line opened at Oklahoma -10. The total has also moved slightly off its original number, dropping down to 67.5 after oddsmakers set the line at 68 when this game was first posted.

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Oklahoma was one of the best bets in college football last season, finishing with a 9-4 record against the spread. As a favorite, the Sooners were 8-4 at the betting window and covered by a +6.6 margin in all games last season. In non-conference games, Bob Stoops' team finished with a 2-2 ATS record and as an away favorite, the Sooners were a perfect 4-0 at the betting window.

Houston was equally impressive against the number last season, covering in nine of its 14 games on the season. The Cougars covered by a +9.4 margin so they didn't make bettors sweat too often when it came to covering games. As an underdog, Tom Herman's squad was 3-0 against the spread last season and as an away underdog, they were 1-0 ATS, covering by a +16.5-point margin.

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OUR EARLY PICK: This game should fall under for bettors. The under is 5-1 in the Sooners' last six non-conference games and has cashed in five of Oklahoma's last seven contests played at a neutral site. The under is also 5-2 in the Cougars' last seven games overall and is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games in September. Despite the firepower that Baker Mayfield and Greg Ward Jr. bring to the table in this matchup, this will be more of a defensive struggle than the high point total suggests.

 

WEEK 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA/HOUSTON UNDER 67.5

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