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College Football Betting Preview: Oklahoma Sooners vs. UCF Knights

October 21, 2023


The Central Florida Knights will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in a battle of two Big 12 teams in week 8 of the college football season with the game airing at 12:00 PM ET Saturday afternoon on ABC.

Central Florida enters this game with a record of 3-3 and is on a three-game losing streak following a 22-51 loss on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks while failing to cover the 2-point spread as a road favorite in week 7 of the college football season. The Knights scored 22 points while compiling a total of 371 yards offensively which included 169 passing yards and 202 rushing yards while allowing 51 points and 490 total yards defensively which included 91 passing yards and 399 rushing yards. Timmy McClain led the team in passing, completing 12 of 15 attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for five yards. RJ Harvey led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. Javon Baker led the team in receiving, catching four of seven targets for 85 yards.

The Oklahoma Sooners enter this game ranked 6th in the AP Poll and 7th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 6-0 following a 34-30 win in the Red River Rivalry against the Texas Longhorns while covering the 4-point spread as an underdog by winning the game outright in week 6 of the college football season. Oklahoma scored 34 points while compiling a total of 486 yards offensively which included 285 passing yards and 201 rushing yards while allowing 30 points and 527 total yards defensively which included 371 passing yards and 156 rushing yards. Dillon Gabriel led the team in passing, completing 23 of 38 attempts for 285 yards and a touchdown while also leading the team in rushing with 113 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. Jalil Farooq led the team in receiving, catching five of six targets for 130 yards.

BookMaker has the Oklahoma Sooners listed as 18.5-point favorites at home against the Central Florida Knights on Saturday afternoon in week 8 of the college football season. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. Central Florida is 2-4 ATS overall, 0-3 ATS on the road, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 0-3 ATS in conference games this season while the Oklahoma Sooners are 6-0 ATS overall, 3-0 ATS at home, 5-0 ATS as a favorite, and 3-0 ATS in conference games.

Oklahoma has looked like the best team in the Big 12 this season with a record of 6-0 and has been one of the best teams at covering the spread this season going 6-0 ATS overall and 3-0 ATS in conference games while after starting 3-0 Central Florida has now lost their previous three games in a row and has yet to cover the spread on the road nor have they covered the spread in any of their first three conference games this season. Buy the .5 point and lay the 18 points with the Oklahoma Sooners when they host the Central Florida Knights on Saturday. 

Spooky Express Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -18