NCAA online betting fans have to wonder why it took the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane six years to renew their rivalry when the two schools are only one hour apart. Way to propagate the stereotype that college students are procrastinators.
- Date: Thursday, 31st August
- Time: 7:35 PM
- Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Sportsbook online college football betting lines:
Tulsa +16½ (-110) +575
Oklahoma State -16½ (-110) -850
The skipper, a millionaire and his wife, a movie star… and a president?
The Golden Hurricane had their best season in three years in 2016. Tulsa went back to black with a 10-3 record, finish in second place in the ACC West Division, and won the Miami Bowl. Unfortunately, starting quarterback and the school’s all-time passing leader graduated just when the team started getting good. Dane Evans’ departure for the Philadelphia Eagles has left a void that sophomore Chad President and redshirt freshman Luke Skipper are competing to fill. Well, that’s a no-brainer. A president always trumps a skipper. Unless that president happens to be a trump himself. In which case Captain Jonas Grumby would be a better choice. Oh, right; Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane also lost the American Athletic Conference leading rusher James Flanders, but senior D’Angelo Brewer will return for his last year of eligibility. Brewer had 1,435 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. In addition to Brewer, junior Ramadi Warren, senior Rowdy Simon, and true freshman Shamari Brooks make for a deep running game. The most glaring hole in Tulsa’s offense is the lack of an experienced wide receiver. Junior Justin Hobbs will undoubtedly be the top catcher; he finished 2016 with 50 receptions for 685 yards and four TDs.
Better Sooners than later
Head coach Mike Gundy is on a quest to change Oklahoma from the ‘Sooner State’ to the ‘Cowboy State.’ For now OU remains the NCAA online betting fave to win the Big 12 ahead of OKState, but Coach Gundy may be ready for a hostile takeover. In order for that to happen, though, they would have to beat the Sooners not once – which has not happened since 2014 – but twice in a single season, now that the Big 12 Championship Game is returning after seven years. But Gundy is not averse to changing the status quo. Oklahoma may have gotten its nickname for the first settlers, but it’s the Cowboys that are “trendsetters” according to Gundy. “We went to a four-team playoff, maybe based on what happened with our team years ago,” the head coach said per the Tulsa Beacon. “And unfortunately, we’re going to maybe a different replay system based on what happened to our team a year ago.” Gundy has turned Oklahoma State into an offensive powerhouse, including 4,000-yard passer Mason Rudolph, 1,000-yard wide receiver James Washington (both of whom opted to return instead of entering the NFL draft), and 1,000-yard rusher Justice Hill.
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No doubt the Cowboys will be looking to make NCAA online betting statement to open the season and stake their claim as Oklahoma’s finest, and that doesn’t bode well for Tulsa.