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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Week 5 College Football Viewing Guide (Plus Gambling Advice)

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Will my picks be better than last week’s? They better be!

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Football time is back, Sooner fans! Are you nervous and excited about tomorrow’s game and kind of dreading it at the same time? Me too! Make sure to hop on here during the game and participate in the board. It should be a filled with emotion (hopefully more joy than sadness), and it’s a perfect place to vent about coaches or No. 2 corners.

Anyway, Here’s this week’s slate of games, along with my gambling picks. Last week was rough as far as the picking was concerned. Let’s hope this week is better.

Oklahoma (-3.5) at TCU - OU chances all depend on adjustments made over the bye week, and I’m not overly confident about it. And why would I be? Mike Stoops has a reputation for being stubborn. I’m more confident in Lincoln Riley’s ability to adjust, as he demonstrated the ability last season. I’m hopeful that Mike gets something right this week, and I’m taking the Sooners. Gambling pick: Sooners cover. OU finally gets some stops on third down.

Stanford at Washington (-3.5) - Stanford’s defense has been great for the past year and a half, but I just don’t bet against David Shaw. I thought there would be a dropoff after Harbaugh left, but Shaw has made Stanford better and has turned them into the kings of the Pacific. McCaffrey has himself some Heisman moments in one of his rare opportunities to be in the limelight this year. Gambling pick: Stanford wins straight up.

Texas at Oklahoma State (-2.5) - Mason Rudolf and James Washington are quite a combo, and Texas’ secondary was exposed against Cal. However, OSU’s run game is absolutely awful, and Texas hasn’t lost in Stillwater since 1997. Gambling pick: Texas straight up. I wish I could pick against both. Maybe a flood will happen and the game will get cancelled.

Wisconsin at Michigan (-10.5) - Wisconsin is an admirable team. There’s not a ton of talent, but they just get things done. However, I’m reluctantly taking Harbaugh to win this one, but it’ll be close. Gambling pick: Wisky loses but beats the spread.

Louisville (-2) at Clemson - This is a tough one. I don’t believe Lamar Jackson’s Heisman campaign is derailed this week, but I think Brent Venables can find a way to contain him. He’ll throw for 250-plus and run for 100-plus, but Clemson’s D will make some big plays. Gambling pick: Clemson straight up.

UPDATE (3:37 PM): Brady Vardeman of Sports Day DFW (Dallas Morning News) has some updates from the field.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Kansas at Texas Tech 7:30 p.m. FS1 / FSGo
UConn at (6) Houston 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
(7) Stanford at (10) Washington 9:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Toledo at BYU 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
(22) Texas at Oklahoma State 12:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(14) Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Rutgers at (2) Ohio State 12:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
(23) Florida at Vanderbilt 12:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(13) Baylor at Iowa State 12:00 p.m. FS1 / FSGo
Alcorn State at (20) Arkansas 12:00 p.m. SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Notre Dame vs. Syracuse (East Rutherford, NJ) 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Northwestern at Iowa 12:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
UCF at East Carolina 12:00 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
SMU at Temple 12:00 p.m. ESPNews / WatchESPN
Georgia State at Appalachian State 12:00 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Virginia at Duke 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Buffalo at Boston College 1:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Oregon State at Colorado 2:30 p.m. Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Ohio at Miami (OH) 2:30 p.m. BCSN/TWCS / ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
(8) Wisconsin at (4) Michigan 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(11) Tennessee at (25) Georgia 3:30 p.m. CBS / CBSSports.com
North Carolina at (12) Florida State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Illinois at (15) Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Kansas State at West Virginia 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn 3:30 p.m. SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Minnesota at Penn State 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Purdue at Maryland 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Wake Forest at NC State 3:30 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
Navy at Air Force 3:30 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Tulane at UMass 3:30 p.m. ASN/NESN / ESPN3
Akron at Kent State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Ball State 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
(9) Texas A&M at South Carolina 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
San Jose State at New Mexico 4:00 p.m. ROOT SPORTS / CampusInsiders
Oklahoma at (21) TCU 5:00 p.m. FOX / FSGo
Troy at Idaho 5:00 p.m. ESPN3
(18) Utah at California 6:00 p.m. Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Old Dominion at Charlotte 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
Kentucky at (1) Alabama 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Memphis at (16) Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. SECN Alt. or ESPN2 / WatchESPN
USF at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
UTEP at Louisiana Tech 7:00 p.m. ASN
Western Michigan at Central Michigan 7:00 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Florida Atlantic at FIU 7:00 p.m. beIN Sports / Stream
Middle Tennessee at North Texas 7:00 p.m. Twitter
Houston Baptist at WKU 7:00 p.m. CS Live
Incarnate Word at Texas State 7:00 p.m. TSSP/KEYE-TV / ESPN3
Missouri at LSU 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Marshall at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
(3) Louisville at (5) Clemson 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(17) Michigan State at Indiana 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
(19) San Diego State at South Alabama 8:00 p.m. ESPNews / WatchESPN
UL Lafayette at New Mexico State 8:00 p.m. ESPN3
Arizona State at USC 8:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Oregon at Washington State 9:30 p.m. Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Utah State at (24) Boise State 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wyoming at Colorado State 10:15 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Arizona at UCLA 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Fresno State at UNLV 10:30 p.m. CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Nevada at Hawaii 12:00 a.m. Oceanic PPV