Is Houston ready to be the big national story and come up with the win it needs to be deep in the hunt for the College Football Playoff right out of the gate? Or is Oklahoma going to end this fun before it gets started? Check out the Oklahoma vs. Houston fearless prediction and preview.
Oklahoma vs. Houston Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Why Oklahoma Will Win
Okay, Houston. You’ve had your moment. You got your piece of cake. You got your moment this offseason with the hype building around what might happen if and when you beat Oklahoma. But Sooners heard Houston mayor Sylvester Turner talking smack, too.
When we last saw OU, it was wilting in the heat of Miami against a Clemson team that got tougher and more physical in what turned out to be a one-sided Orange Bowl. That, combined with the chatter around Houston, have appeared to be more than enough motivation this off-season.
Yes, Houston is going to be good, but it also doesn’t have the offensive line to do much blasting away against the Oklahoma defensive front. It also doesn’t have a good enough secondary to hang around with the Sooner receivers once the Baker Mayfield machine gets rolling. If OU plays well and doesn’t royally screw up, it should have this.
Why Houston Will Win
It’s Oklahoma. Everything might look perfect on paper, and it might not seem like there’s a chance the Cougars could and should be able to hang with a fired up big boy – no, Florida State doesn’t really count in last year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, at least in terms of motivation – but the Sooners lost to Texas last year.
Under Bob Stoops, there have been a few losses when the team just didn’t quite look right – like against Texas in 2013 and Texas Tech in 2011 – and to kick things off, there’s a chance Houston might really be that good.
The Cougars have the linebackers to hang with the terrific Oklahoma running backs, and to keep Baker Mayfield in check. They’ve got the type of playmaker in Greg Ward Jr. who can utilize all the talented weapons around him no matter what the Sooners bring defensively. And they’ve got the coaching staff, with Tom Herman looking to cement himself as the hotshot head man of the moment with a win that proves that this whole Cougar uprising thing is for real.
No, Houston isn’t as good as Oklahoma, but it’s got just enough fantastic parts to overcome the overall talent difference.
What’s Going To Happen?
Oklahoma’s Air Raid, sped-up style of offense might be thrilling, but get ready for the ground-and-pound with the running back tandem of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon thundering away.
Ward will be Ward, and he’ll have a few terrific moments when the OU linebackers aren’t able to keep him contained, but he’s not going to be on the field enough to do the damage he’ll need to.
Yes, Houston is for real, but so is Oklahoma. The Sooners are about to show that they’re going to be deep in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot again with a decisive and physical win on the road.
Oklahoma vs. Houston Prediction
Final Score: Oklahoma 38, Houston 23
Line: Oklahoma -10, o/u: 68
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 2.5
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 4