2. Houston at Oklahoma (Sunday)
LINE: Oklahoma -23.5, o/u: 80
ATS PICK: Houston
Oh come on … you know you want to.
Oklahoma is going to win, but it’s about to get into a big-time track meet with a Houston team that has the left hook to potentially even pull this off outright.
There won’t be a lick of defense in this game, at least from the Cougar side, making the obnoxious point total of 80 more than reachable. Houston will take care of its share of points just just enough to get within 24.
This is a program used to beating Power Fivers. Under Tom Herman, the Cougars shut down Baker Mayfield and OU to kick off the 2016 season in a 33-23 game that wasn’t nearly that close. The following year, the Cougars started out the season with a win at Arizona and a three point loss to Texas Tech, and last year it walloped Arizona 45-18 early on.
Even in the shootout loss at Texas Tech – with the two teams combining for 112 points – Houston lost by 14, and that’s sort of what this will be.
New Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen has Big 12 talent on the offensive side in QB D’Eriq King, RB Patrick Carr, an a loaded receiving corps that’s as good as any the Sooners will see this season.
Oh sure, Oklahoma is going to hang up at least 55 points on the board – this might just be the 59-56 West Virginia game of last year – but Houston will come up with at least 40.