Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The number one Oklahoma Sooners open their quest for a national Championship as they host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Sooners are -20 favorites over the Golden Hurricane with an over/under point total set at 61.5.
The Oklahoma Sooners open up the 2011 college football season as just about the consensus number one team in America but Bob Stoops and his team know that championships are won in January and they are a product of winning all of the games before then. The Sooners offense is loaded this season with Landry Jones returning for essentially his third year as the starter at QB and with all of his primary receivers still there including Ryan Broyles who is on all of the All-American lists and awards lists and Kenny Stills who has proved to be more than just capable. At Running Back DeMarco Murray is gone but OU is absolutely stacked with Roy Finch, Brennan Clay, Brandon Williams and others. With four of five Offensive Linemen returning Jones and the back should have plenty of room and time to operate. Travis Lewis is the anchor and heart and soul of the defense and with the Sooners putting a top tier Defensive Tackle in the NFL seemingly every year, this is the year for one of their talented players waiting in the wings to step up. Demonte Hurst will lead the Oklahoma secondary. While the expectations and talent to match are there, Oklahoma will need to avoid the slip ups which there schedule provides plenty of opportunity to occur.
New Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Bill Blankenship takes over a team that has one of the most exciting offenses in College Football and one of the worst defenses as well. While Todd Graham is gone to Pittsburgh, QB G.J. Kinnie remains. Kinnie is one of the most efficient QB’s in the nation with 31 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions a season ago when he was the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and he led the Golden Hurricane to a Hawaii Bowl win. Somehow receiver Damaris Johnson still doesn’t get the credit or notoriety he deserves as he is a one man wrecking crew who destroys defensive game plans and can be unstoppable in the return game as well. Trey Watts and ja’Terian Douglas will handle the Running Back duties behind an offensive line that returns four starters from last season. Tulsa has one of the most opportunistic defenses in the nation with a plus 17 turnover ratio a year ago which won games for them as their pass defense was the worst in the country but Safeties Dexter McCoil and Marco Nelson had six interceptions each. Former Utah State head Coach Brent Guy is the new Defensive Coordinator and he installs a 4-3 which could help Tulsa a bit.
Oklahoma is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 4-0 against the spread as a favorite of 10.5 or more. Tulsa is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as an underdog, 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Big 12.
If you like offense and long games, pull up a chair and a few bags of chips because you are going to be there for a while as they light up the scoreboard. While Tulsa has some playmakers and I think Johnson is one of the best overall players in the country, the Golden Hurricanes have struggled against teams with size which the Sooners have, not to mention plenty of speed as well.
Oklahoma Sooners -20 Tulsa Golden Hurricane