End of September, leaves starting to turn and Saturday college football between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Life for a college football fan just cannot get much better.
The Oklahoma Sooners enter this matchup on Saturday afternoon with an overall record of 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS. The Sooners started the season, in an early line as the underdogs in this matchup, but after changing quarterbacks and an open week to make more preparations, the Sooners are now the favorites in sportsbooks like topbet and Bovada.
Sooner quarterback Blake Bell, in just his first start at Oklahoma on September 14, had 413 yards passing and four touchdowns versus Tulsa.
Bell, often times used prior in short-yardage situations, replaced Trevor Knight the starting quarterback and gave Oklahoma the spark they have missed all season.
Notre Dame enter this matchup 3-1 SU and 0-3-1 ATS. Their offensive spark is still missing with Tommy Rees at quarterback. Last week the Irish squeaked out a victory over Michigan State but only gained 220 yards on offense.
The current line has the Sooners as the favorite on most sportsbooks by 3.5 points. When the first lines were released this summer, sportsbooks such as betonline and topbet had the Irish as a 1-point favorite.
However, those changed over the past 10 days due to the Irish not playing well offensively and the change Oklahoma made inserting Bell into the lineup.
Last season, the Irish were dogs by 10.5 points at Norman and defeated the Sooners easily 30-13. The Irish defense held the Sooners to just 15 yards on the ground.
This is just the third game that the Irish are dogs at home since Brian Kelly took over as head coach four seasons ago. In those two previous home games the Irish were underdogs, Notre Dame was 1-1 ATS.
Oklahoma’s defense has played stellar this season, allowing just nine points a game. However, they have faced weak competition thus far and even though the offense of Notre Dame is not explosive, it is better than any Oklahoma has seen to date.
The Irish defense is not what it has been over the past three seasons. The team ranks No. 96 in the nation in 3rd down defense, which means they spend more than their share of time on the field defending.
Pick: I like the Sooners late, 21-17.