When the Oklahoma Sooners visit UCLA on Saturday, fans will get a commemorative coin that features NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who played for both schools during his collegiate career. He started out at the University of Oklahoma, but he was not suited to run the option, as he was built more as a dropback passer. He transferred to UCLA, where he put up huge numbers for the Bruins and then went to the Dallas Cowboys, where he would lead the team to three Super Bowl titles in four seasons. UCLA has fallen on hard times since then, and even the early weeks of the Chip Kelly era have not proven all that promising. Will Oklahoma deliver a rout, or will UCLA compete on Saturday? Don’t miss our college football betting preview.
Oklahoma vs UCLA 2019 College Football Week 3 Odds & Game Info
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 9, 2019
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:00pm ET
Where: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Radio: Sooner Sports Radio Network / KLAC 570 AM Los Angeles
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
College Football Odds: Oklahoma -21.5 / O/U 68
Why should you bet on the Sooners?
Oklahoma heads west after routing South Dakota, 70-14, in Week 2 — and after beating Houston by 18 points in their opener. Jalen Hurts has thrown for 591 yards and six touchdowns in the team’s first two games. Hurts is also the team’s leading rusher, with 223 yards on the ground, and three scores with his legs. Trey Sermon and Rhamondre Stevenson have combined to run for 392 yards on the young season, and CeeDeeLamb, Charleston Rambo and Jadon Haselwood have all passed 100 receiving yards in 2019. On defense, the Sooners tend to be somewhat vulnerable, as we saw at times against Houston.
Oklahoma has covered in three of their last five games, but they have covered just once in their last six road games against a team with a losing record at home. If you like the Sooners, you see their offense rolling all over a UCLA team that lost at Cincinnati in their opener and followed that up with a loss to San Diego State for the first time in the history of the program. This is an immense spread for a team to cover on the road, but UCLA has not shown that they can hang with Group of 5 teams, let alone College Football Playoff contenders.
Why should you put your money on the Bruins?
Remember — all that UCLA has to do is cover a spread of slightly more than three touchdowns for you to win this bet. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 355 yards and three scores in the team’s first two games — but he has also thrown a pair of interceptions and has a completion percentage of just 52.5%. Demetric Felton is the team’s leading rusher (99 yards) and receiver (127 yards and a score). On defense, UCLA has seven double-digit tacklers, but they have not been able to get stops when they need them. It is hard for a defense to work when the offense averages just 14 points a game, though — against the likes of Cincinnati and San Diego State.
If you like UCLA, you see Oklahoma coming in somewhat overconfident and starting out soft against the Bruins. UCLA has covered just twice in their last home games and just twice in their last eight games overall. Chip Kelly’s offense is not generating much for the Bruins, and despite the fact that Oklahoma has some issues stopping the ball, it would take a major improvement for UCLA to make the sort of headway they need to cover here.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given that former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer is supposed to be on the sidelines for this week’s game, the Sooners will have plenty of motivation to play hard and win, instead of coming out lackadaisically against a weaker opponent. Also, Oklahoma has the motivation of wanting to make a statement for the College Football Playoff committee. I predict a final score of Oklahoma 55, UCLA 20.