NCAA football gambling excitement continues to grow for what could be the biggest season in Sooner country since the 2008 NCAA football wagering campaign.
Oklahoma is coming off an 8-5 straight up season last year in which they went just 4-7-1 against the spread as Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was lost for the season at quarterback after sustaining an opening day injury.
Landry Jones had to fill in as a freshman starter and by season’s end he passed for 3198 yards and 26 touchdowns and is expected to be much more polished and in command after last year’s on the job training.
“I can already tell the difference in the way I’m seeing stuff now,” said Jones.
Overall the Sooners return 7 other starters on offense to go along with Jones led by junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was a 2nd Team All Big 12 performer last year with 1120 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Senior running back DeMarco Murray also returns after rushing for 741 yards, catching 41 passes, and with the potential to be a dangerous kick returner.
The defense returns only 5 starters to a unit that allowed under 15 points per game last year. Senior free safety Quinton Carter will be a key asset with the college football odds as he was 2nd Team All Big 12 last year with 4 interceptions and 88 tackles.
Head coach Bob Stoops is an ace recruiter, however and there is plenty of talent ready to step in. Senior end Jeremy Beal and junior linebacker Travis Lewis are elite players that could contend for Big 12 Player of the Year honors.
Kicker is a big concern for Oklahoma with the college football lines this year as 3 different specialists were used last year and none distinguished himself.
Oklahoma has a favorable schedule that could prove to be the difference in their title quest for 2010. Their toughest road games are at Big East champion Cincinnati, at Big 12 North contender Missouri, and at revenge minded Texas A&M.
The Sooners are a highly “popular” public team on the board that is often an overlay due to their name brand status. Oklahoma has shown a NCAA football gambling profit in just 2 out of the last 7 seasons.