College Football Pick: Missouri vs. Oklahoma
- Updated: September 22, 2011
NCAA Football Betting Favorite: Oklahoma -21
Last October, the Okahoma Sooners rolled into Columbia as the top ranked team in the country. Missouri played its best game of the year and beat the Sooners 36-27. You can bet that Oklahoma had this game circled as a real chance to exact revenge. This Missouri team isn’t the same as last year, but they still have quite a bit of talent. Oklahoma is number one coming into this meeting again, but this time they’ll meet in Norman.
Blaine Gabbert is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, so the Tigers offense looks quite a bit different this year. James Franklin is the new signal caller for the Tigers. Franklin started the season slowly, but he has gotten better in the last couple games. Franklin is only a sophomore, and he is a solid dual-threat quarterback. Henry Josey had a breakout game last week as the team’s running back. Josey rushed for 263 yards on just 14 carries against Western Illinois. It was an impressive showing, but the defense he’ll be facing this week will be a whole different animal.
Missouri’s defense has looked pretty good through the first few weeks, but they have looked a bit vulnerable against the pass. The team’s secondary lacks a real leader, but they are helped by the fact that the front four do a nice job pressuring the quarterback. Oklahoma will definitely go after the secondary, so this will be a big test for the Tigers defense.
Landry Jones is the leader at quarterback for the Sooners. Jones has quickly turned into one of the nation’s best signal callers. He was thrust onto the scene early when Sam Bradford was injured two years ago, but that has helped him develop as a player due to the increased repetitions he received. Jones struggled a bit last week against Florida State’s terrific defense, but I expect a bounce back this week. Dominique Whaley has become the primary ball carrier for Oklahoma. If the Sooners are going to win the national title this year, I believe they need to become slightly more balanced on offense. Ryan Broyles gives the Sooners a terrific play maker on the outside. I expect him to get the ball a lot this weekend.
Oklahoma’s defense performed extremely well last week in Tallahassee. This is a unit that is terrific against the run, but they still have some work to do against the pass. Travis Lewis is the team’s best defender, but he is listed as questionable for this game due to a toe injury.
Oklahoma will absolutely be looking to settle the score after last year’s loss in Columbia. I expect to see the fast-paced Oklahoma offense back in a big way this weekend. Missouri should be able to score some too, especially since Lewis is a bit hobbled right now. I expect plenty of points in this one.
Free College Football Pick: Missouri/Oklahoma over 56.5
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