Oklahoma 20.5 @ Washington
The No. 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners travel to Seattle to take on the 0-2 Washington Huskies in a non-Conference match-up. The Sooners have out-scored their two opponents this season by a combined total of 109-28. The last Game was a 26 pt drubbing of a pretty good Cincinnati Bearcat team. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford put up an astounding 395 yds passing and 5 TDs in that one, completing 29 of 38 for a 13.6 YPC average. The Sooners were also able to churn out 197 yds on the ground for a total offensive showing of almost 600 yds. The Sooner defense held the Bearcats to well under 100 yds rushing, as Cincinnati was forced to air it out to try and keep up, and still held them under 250 passing yds and just 19 offensive pts. Six of those points were in GArbage time though as the Bearcats scored their last TD as time expired, missing the 2-point conversion. Cincinnati also scored on a 96 yd kick-off return.
Washington got mauled in their season opener at Oregon by a final score of 44-10. They were able to keep it close for a awhile, going into HT down just 14-10, before falling apart in the second half and giving up 4 more TDs and a FG. Oregon burned them with a pretty balanced attack in piling up over 250 yds on the ground and almost 250 more through the air, for a total offensive output of almost 500 yds. For Washington, QB Jake Locker was held to just 12 completions out of 28 attempts for a meager 103 yds passing before giving way to backup Ronnie Fouch in GArbage time. In all, the Huskies were able to generate just 242 yds of total offense.
Although Washington played BYU a little tougher last week in only losing by a single point, they did get out-played by more than the Scorewould indicate. QB Locker was again very mediocre in barely completing 50% of his 32 pass attempts for just 204 yds and 1 TD. The Huskies did manage 133 yds on the ground, but nearly half of that was from Locker scrambles. For the second Game in a row, Washington GAve up big yardage as BYU torched them for 338 yds through the air , and another 137 on the ground. The Game may not have been as close had BYU not fumbled at the Husky goal line on their first 4th Q drive. The Huskies suffered a few injuries in the BYU Game as they lost multi-purpose threat RB/WR Chris Polk for the season (shoulder), two starters in the secondary, S Darin Harris and S Jason Wells, as well as backup S Victor Aiyewa. Starting Cornerback Byron Davenport is also listed as doubtful. Both teams are looking at bye weeks next week, so no major coNFLicts or look-aheads to worry about.
Oklahoma should be able to shred this defense, which has given up 72 pts and almost 1000 yds of offense in just 2 Games. Washington should also be a little emotionally drained after starting the season with a huge Conference Game against rival Oregon, and then coming so close against BYU, and the weird circumstaNCes involved in the last seconds of that Game. The Sooners should be on their toes and not wanting a repeat of last years first competitive road test at Colorado, where they took the Buffaloes for granted and lost outright as a huge favorite. A lot of people will point to that Game last year, as well many others going back several years, where the Sooners managed to just squeak by on the road. But they did beat a pretty potent Tulsa team on the road last year by 41 pts and they did beat an awesome Missouri team by 21 at a neutral site. And many of those other results were pre- Sam Bradford, who now enters his second full year as starting QB and should be more comfortable in road starts. This is a potent offensive and defensive team who has blown out 2 opponents so far, and whose players and coaching staff are still not satisfied with the overall play. That means well have a hungry and focused team facing a much lesser team, who is dinged up and may be ripe for a letdown.
Also, Washington has not been the best bet as a home team historically anyway, as they are just 12-27-2 ATS in their last 41 home Games. I think Oklahoma wins by at least 4 TDs in this one, something in the range of 45-17.
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