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CFB Cincinnati at Oklahoma

September 06, 2008

College Football Betting - Cincinnati Bearcats at (4) Oklahoma Sooners (Saturday 3:30 PM ET)

Saturday's game between Oklahoma and Cincinnati is one of the better match ups on the board, though you might not know it with top sportsbooks setting the spread for the game at Oklahoma -21.

Both teams dominated in their season opener against weaker teams, of course, but confidence will be riding high for the Sooners as well as the Bearcats.

Cincinnati's starting QB, Dustin Grutza got off to a blazing start in week one, scoring 4 touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) and racking up 296 yards passing, good enough for Big East Player of the Week honors.

Grutza and the rest of the Bearcat offense will have their hands full this week against a very good Oklahoma defense, but if the QB can stay consistent and the offensive line can give him time to throw, they can put up a fight in Oklahoma Saturday.

Don't expect 550+ yards of total offense from this squad again this week, but with the talent they put on the field you shouldn't expect them to be totally absent either.

The Bearcat defense also impressed against Eastern Kentucky in week one. They only allowed one touchdown in a 40-7 rout of the Colonels. Playing from behind all game allowed Eastern Kentucky to rack up over 100 yards through the air (still not a very impressive feat), but the Cincy rush defense allowed just 48 yards on the ground, a solid number against any level of competition.

The Oklahoma Sooners were predictably dominant in the season opener against Chattanooga last week. OU dominated the first half of the game, going up 50-0 by halftime, before mercifully easing up in the second half, eventually winning 57-2.

The running and passing games were both hitting on all cylinders against an out-matched defense which allowed Oklahoma to rack up 487 yards by the final whistle.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Sooners were even more impressive than Cincinnati was against Eastern Kentucky. This unit allowed a total of 16 rushing yards and 20 passing yards, allowing a total of only 36 yards of total offense. The defensive line is one of the best in the nation and will certainly be causing fits in the backfield for the Cincinnati offense all game long.

The 21 point spread for this game is a little bit surprising considering that this is a big jump in competition for the Sooners, at least at first glance.

But, looking up and down the field at these teams you start to realize just how much better of a team that Oklahoma is. The Sooners are one of the elite teams in college football. Do not be surprised to see them in the BCS Championship this season.

On both sides of the ball they are head-and-shoulders above the Bearcats. Three touchdowns might seem like a lot, but don't think for a minute that Bob Stoops's crew is going to let up against a more nationally-known opponent.

Game Prediction: Oklahoma 44, Cincinnati 16

Pick: Oklahoma -21

- Steve Janus of

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