The Oklahoma Sooners are the new bad boys of NCAA online betting, and the Tulane Green Wave is, more than likely, going to find out the hard way. OU starting quarterback Baker Mayfield planted an Oklahoma flag, but may have as well driven a dagger through the heart of, following a revenge win over Ohio State on Saturday, in the middle of Ohio Stadium, for which he later apologize, Mayfield did, but the damage has, as they say, been made.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 11, 2017
- Date: Saturday, September 16th
- Time: 6:00 PM
- Venue: OU Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
Sportsbook College Football Game Odds:
Tulane +34 (-110) +8000
Oklahoma -34 (-110) -21500
Coming full circle
The Sooners prolonged, with their victory over OSU, their winning streak, the longest active in the country, to 12 games. Oklahoma has not, as a matter of fact, lost since they lost to the Buckeyes a little under a year ago. Mayfield recorded 386 yards and three touchdowns to not only lead the Sooners to their biggest non-conference road win in more than half a century, but also propel Oklahoma to the No. 2 spot in the AP poll. It’s high time, says ESPN Senior Writer Heather Dinich, that the CFP selection committee takes OU seriously. A lot, of course, could be riding on just how seriously Oklahoma takes Tulane. The Sooners could be tempted, following a huge win like that of Saturday, to go easy on the Green Wave, and Oklahoma can, make no mistake, beat Tulane with one arm tied behind their collective back, but if they play on autopilot they might not cover the spread – which, in fairness, they have met in their five overall games as well as their last five at home. If Mayfield & Co. display that flag-planting ruthlessness this Saturday, they could very well cover the 34-point NCAA online betting spread.
Putting on the Fritz
The Green Wave fell short 21-23 against Navy on Saturday, but Willie Fritz, Tulane head coach, likes, like Eric Idle to look on the bright side.
“There’s a lot of good things,” Fritz said per The Advocate.com. “We took a lot of chances and we converted on some fourth-and-shorts. We had to kind of get ourselves back in the game, and we did with a few conversions. Our guys really fought back. I’m proud of their effort.” Tulane was also, at times, plain unlucky. Freshman Chase Kuerschen forced a fumble at the goal line but the ball squirted around in the red zone before Navy tackle Andrew Wood – not the late Mother Love Bone singer – corralled it for a score which could have easily could been a touchback. Finally, Fritz assumed responsibility for, following Navy rushing its punt team on the field at the end of a timeout with 2:10 left, sending out the punt-return team, which in turn led to a penalty when the ball was snapped before several defenders reached the sideline. Tulane has, all things considered, been struggling, since last season, with scoring, which, combined with Oklahoma’s furious offense, suggests that the NCAA online betting total will go over.