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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Week 8 Viewing Guide (Plus Gambling Picks)

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Will the Sooners cover the spread in Lubbock? I’m not so sure.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s ready to see a lot of offense and not a lot of defense on Lubbock tomorrow night? I’m not. That brand of football can hardly be considered football, but I guess we have to live with it this weekend. Anyway, I’m sure the lack of defense will make for some interesting discussion on the game thread, so make sure to head back here before, during and after the game and join in.

Here are the gambling picks for this week:

  • Oklahoma (-14) at Texas Tech - This has all the makings of a dissatisfying OU victory. If OU controls the line of scrimmage (should be easy) and takes care of the ball (not as easy), they should come away with a W. This game, however, has a backdoor cover written all over it. Gambling pick: Sooners win, but Raiders cover with a 52-41 final score. Over 85.0.
  • Texas (-1.5) at Kansas State - I’m kind of conflicted on this one. Texas looked great a week ago, but this matchup looks like it’ll be a close one. Is it ever smart to go against Bill Snyder in close games? Gambling pick: Kansas State wins straight up. Under 54.0.
  • Texas A&M at Alabama (-19) - Texas A&M has a nice ballclub this year, and this is a big line, but has Bama given you any indication this year that they won’t cover in this one? Tennessee was probably a better team than A&M, and they were run out of their own building by Saban. Gambling pick: A&M hangs tough for a half, but Bama pulls away and covers in the second half. Over 61.0.
  • TCU at West Virginia (-5.5) - This should be a fun one to watch. West Virginia’s defense was able to put the clamps down on Texas Tech last week, but TCU has some nice athletes on offense who will be well-rested for this one. Still, I think the Mountaineers’ dream season lives on, and they’ll have a shot to be in the top 10 after this week. Gambling: West Virginia covers, but not by much. Over 65.5.
  • Arkansas at Auburn (-11) - Auburn is sneakily having a decent season, but gamblers should be licking their chops when seeing this line. Gambling pick: Arkansas beats the spread and will have a great chance to come away with a victory. Under 55.0.
  • Ohio State (-19.5) at Penn State - Similar to the matchup in College Station, the big spread isn't deterring me in this one. Look for James Franklin to suffer an embarrassing defeat in Happy Valley. Gambling pick: Ohio State covers. Over 57.0.
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
USF at Temple 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Oregon at California 10:30 p.m. ESPN / ESPN3
San Jose State at San Diego State 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
NC State at (7) Louisville Noon ABC / ESPN3
(10) Wisconsin at Iowa Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Texas at Kansas State Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Indiana at Northwestern Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Oklahoma State at Kansas Noon FS1 / FS Go
Rutgers at Minnesota Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Toledo Noon BCSN/TWC / ESPN3
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green Noon ESPN3
North Texas at Army Noon CBSSN / CBSSports.com
UCF at UConn Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
UMass at South Carolina Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at Boston College 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Ohio at Kent State 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Hawaii at Air Force 2:00 p.m. Oceanic PPV
(22) North Carolina at Virginia 3:00 p.m. RSN / ESPN3
Colorado at Stanford 3:00 p.m. Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Akron at Ball State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
(6) Texas A&M at (1) Alabama 3:30 p.m. CBS / CBSSports.com
Illinois at (3) Michigan 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Purdue at (8) Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / ESPN3
TCU at (12) West Virginia 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at (20) Western Michigan 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Memphis at (24) Navy 3:30 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Buffalo at NIU 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Idaho at Appalachian State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
PVAMU at Rice 3:30 p.m. CUSA.TV
UT Martin at Georgia State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Tulane at Tulsa 3:45 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Missouri 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(19) Utah at UCLA 4:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Charlotte at Marshall 5:30 p.m. beIN Sports / beIN Video
Colorado State at UNLV 5:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS / MWN
(17) Arkansas at (21) Auburn 6:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Oregon State at (5) Washington 6:30 p.m. Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
(11) Houston at SMU 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
East Carolina at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Louisiana Tech at FIU 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Old Dominion at WKU 7:00 p.m. ASN
UL Lafayette at Texas State 7:00 p.m. TSSP / ESPN3
UTEP at UTSA 7:00 p.m. KMYS-CW 35
Michigan State at Maryland 7:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Mississippi State at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(2) Ohio State at Penn State 8:00 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
(16) Oklahoma at Texas Tech 8:00 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State 8:00 p.m. ESPN3
(23) Ole Miss at (25) LSU 9:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
ULM at New Mexico 9:00 p.m. ROOT SPORTS / MWN
Washington State at Arizona State 10:00 p.m. Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Fresno State at Utah State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Wyoming at Nevada 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN