Oklahoma Football: On a day when they debut their new quarterback, Jalen Hurts, the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners will also unveil a new-look defense on Sunday night against the Houston Cougars in Norman.
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Event : College Football 2019
Date : Today, 2019
The Sooners’ defense, which ranked 114th in the country out of 129 teams in total defense and 101st in scoring defense last season, has new leadership in coordinator Alex Grinch. Formerly the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State, Grinch has 10 starters returning. Oklahoma takes on a Cougars team that will be playing its first game under coach Dana Holgorsen, and kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Sooners are 23.5-point favorites in the latest Oklahoma vs. Houston odds, down a field goal from the opener, while the over-under for total points scored is 79.5 after moving as high as 82.5. Before making any Oklahoma vs. Houston picks of your own, you need to see the college football.
In one of the few Sunday college football showdowns, we get an exciting offensive matchup between the Houston Cougars and the seventh-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Now the model has dialed in on Oklahoma vs. Houston. We can tell you it’s leaning under, and it also says one side of the spread cashes in over 50 percent of simulations.
That’s because the Cougars have one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the country in senior D’Eriq King. Despite missing the final two games of the 2018 season, the dual-threat signal caller was responsible for 50 touchdowns, setting an American Athletic Conference record. Among returning quarterbacks, only Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa passed for more touchdowns than King’s 36 last year.
King has many of his offensive playmakers back from last season. Houston returns 91.2 percent of its 2018 rushing yards, 99.8 percent of its passing yards, 82.3 percent of its receiving yards and 85.3 percent of its scoring. Junior receiver Marquez Stevenson (1,019 receiving yards, nine TDs) and senior running back Patrick Carr (873 rushing yards, five TDs) are King’s leading playmakers.