Former Big 12 rivals meet on Saturday when Nebraska visits Oklahoma No.3 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oklahoma (2-0) scared Tulane in Week 1 to strangle West Carolina 76-0 in Week 2. The Sooners are second in the FBS with 58.0 points per. match, and Heisman is hoping Spencer Rattler works with a talented cast support which includes SN Preseason All-American wide receiver Marvin Mims.
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Nebraska (2-1) are on a two-game winning streak after a shocking season opener loss to Illinois in Game 1. Fourth-year coach Scott Frost remains in the hot seat, but the Huskers have improved with senior quarterback Adrian Martinez, who totaled seven touchdowns without an intercept.
The next time these schools play, it will be an SEC-Big Ten showdown. Saturday will be a great Big 12 comeback game. Here’s everything you need to know about betting on the Big Noon Kickoff game between the Sooners and the Huskers:
Nebraska vs Oklahoma odds
- Disseminate: Oklahoma -22.5
- Above / Below: 61.5
- Moneyline: Oklahoma -1800, Nebraska +880
Three trends to know
–Oklahoma is 24-2 S / U as a home favorite under Lincoln Riley, and that includes a 15-11 ATS record. The Sooners are 13-3 S / U in non-conference games under Riley.
–Nebraska are 1-9 S / U as an underdog on the road under Frost, but the Huskers are 6-4 ATS in that stretch.
– The Sooners and Huskers haven’t played since the Big 12 Championship game in 2010. Oklahoma won 23-20. Nebraska haven’t beaten the Sooners in Norman since a 73-21 victory on Nov. 2, 1996 when Frost was Nebraska’s quarterback.
Three things to watch out for
– QB turnover. Rattler threw two interceptions in the first game, which allowed Tuane to rally in the second half. Oklahoma protects the ball otherwise; the Sooners haven’t lost a fumble. This was the blow to Martinez. Nebraska have seven fumbles, including four lost as a team this season. Martinez didn’t throw the big interception, and if the Huskers want to stay in this game, they can’t return the ball. Martinez, who also serves as the leader of the Huskers, must protect football.
– Sooners second quarter. Emotions will be high at first, especially among the fans, given the nostalgic feel of this rivalry. Nebraska needs to be careful in the second quarter. Oklahoma beat their opponents 51-0 in the second quarter in two games, and the Huskers were a slow start in three games. Expect Oklahoma to hammer the running game early with Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray setting up the deep passing game.
– What great receiver is stepping up? Samori Touré from Nebraska is off to a good start. He has 13 catches for 306 yards, an average of 23.5 yards per catch, with two touchdowns. Martinez will be sure to target him in the early vertical passing game to give Nebraska some momentum.
Mims is the counter for Oklahoma. He’s yet to score a touchdown, but he has six catches for 136 yards, averaging 22.7 per catch. The Mims will be targeted out of the slot, and the Nebraska secondary can’t afford to lose him in midfield.
Stat that counts: TDs in the red zone
Oklahoma has 14 TDs out of 15 red zone trips. The Huskers have 11 touchdowns on 15 trips to the red zone. Nebraska will have to match that red zone efficiency to stand a chance. The Sooners have given their opponents five touchdowns on six visits to the red zone, so the chances of winning will be there if Nebraska can move the ball methodically.
Prediction Nebraska vs Oklahoma
This second quarter will be when Oklahoma takes control of the game. The Sooners have 16 tackles to lose in two games, and the ability to get Nebraska off the schedule, especially when they’re lagging behind, will make a difference.
Frost will shoot all rounds in this game, and if Martinez avoids costly interceptions it could be a four-quarter game. It’s just hard to pick against Rattler, who has more to work on in Riley’s powerful offense.
Nebraska still pulls off a cover in a three-goal loss.
Final score: Oklahoma 45, Nebraska 24