Oklahoma vs. Florida Atlantic fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Florida Atlantic (0-0) Game Preview
Florida Atlantic players and fans were semi-jokingly chanting “We Want Bama” as last season started to wind down.
Oklahoma isn’t Alabama, but it’s not all that far off.
At the very least, this game is a thing because it joins Boise State vs. Troy as one of two matchups between 2017 FBS conference champions in the first big weekend, and it should live up to the talent – sort of.
It’s the first game post-Baker Mayfield for the Sooner offense, but it’ll be the defensive side that has the biggest challenge as it tries dealing with the high-powered Owl attack that gets back most of the top players.
Of course, the main attraction is Lane Kiffin and what he can potentially do with his defending Conference USA champion. He’s just a rental for FAU as is, but if he can pull off a shocking stunner over OU, his stock will soar through the roof.
With UCLA up next followed by a trip to Iowa State to start the Big 12 season, this has to count as a tune-up for the Sooners – and it’ll be a tough one.
One Reason Why Florida Atlantic Will Win
The FAU skill players are almost as talented as Oklahoma’s.
Okay, that’s a wee bit of an overstatement, but the Owl talents are very, very good, starting with 1,920-yard, 32-touchdown back Devin Singletary, a big-time talent at tight end in Harrison Bryant, and Willie Wright leading a loaded receiving corps.
Helped by the addition of SMU transfer Rafe Peavey, the Owls are stocked at quarterback, too, with former Florida State Seminole De’Andre Johnson and booted former Oklahoma Sooner Chris Robison all in the equation.
The Sooner defense is full of its share of good athletes and talent, but it’s about to get pressed. This is a team with a big-time attitude and isn’t going to be intimidated in any way – it’ll let it fly in what should be a shootout. However …
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
The FAU defense will be fantastic as the season goes on, and the offense should dominate Conference USA. But the lines are going to be in for a long day.
As amazing as the Florida Atlantic skill talent is, the offensive line isn’t going to be able to get the job done against the Sooner defensive front. Reggie Bain and the tackles are great, but the interior should be in for a long day against the Sooner defensive front.
On the other side of the ball, this is when Kyler Murray is about to be turned loose. The Sooners aren’t going to overthink this – run RB Rodney Anderson, run Murray and let him take off, find ways to get the ball into Marquise Brown’s hands, and let it all roll.
What’s Going To Happen
The Oklahoma offensive line will be the difference.
The overall Florida Atlantic depth isn’t there, but the starting 22 can hang with the Sooners for a full four quarters. However, the Sooner offensive front should be the Big 12’s best, and it’s going to batter away on a talented, but relatively light, Owl defensive front.
FAU will represent itself well, but the Sooners will pull away to show that there really is life after the Cleveland Brown franchise guy.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oklahoma 40, Florida Atlantic 23
Line: Oklahoma -20.5, o/u: 68.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3.5
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