Oklahoma vs. UTEP Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma vs. UTEP fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Oklahoma (0-0) vs. UTEP (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
And here we go. It’s the Lincoln Riley era now at Oklahoma, and the scrutiny and spotlight will be blinding.
The Sooners are supposed to blow away UTEP, and if they don’t, the panic sirens will go off with the showdown at Ohio State up next before diving into a not-that-bad start to the Big 12 season.
While no one is thinking the Miners could shock the world in Norman, they need to at least show up and not get destroyed. It’s hot seat time for head coach Sean Kugler, but he’ll still be around if the team is two wins better and goes bowling.
As long as the game is merely competitive for more than a half, UTEP will have done its job.
As long as the game is a 50-point blowout, Oklahoma will have done its job.
One Reason Why UTEP Will Win
While the Miners struggled defensively last season, this year’s version has just enough good parts to be a whole lot better around LB Alvin Jones along with a veteran secondary. That doesn’t mean the Oklahoma offense can’t roll at will like it’s supposed to, but considering all the new parts to the Sooner mix, the UTEP D should be more than just a speed bump.
Even for Oklahoma, losing Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon, and Dede Westbrook hurts. However …
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
Score early, and this could and should be over.
The Sooner defense should be able to close down a seemingly punchless UTEP attack that has to throw to keep this interesting. Unfortunately for the Miners, the secondary is the early strength of the OU D and should come up with its share of big plays.
The Miner O line is okay, but the skill players aren’t there to keep up in any sort of fight. or to mount any kind of a comeback, which means …
What’s Going To Happen
Riley will have a great debut, but more than that, the new skill players will get in some meaningful work to get ready for the Buckeyes. The backups will get their time to shine in the second half after Baker Mayfield leads the attack to a big early lead, and then coasts.
Oklahoma vs. UTEP Prediction
Final Score: Oklahoma 52, UTEP 13
Line: Oklahoma -44.5, o/u: 62.5
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