When the 2019 NCAA college football season gets underway, the Oklahoma Sooners and in-demand head coach Lincoln Riley will be looking to produce their unprecedented third straight Heisman trophy winner while challenging for the 2020 national championship.
No matter how you feel about the now, perennial title contenders, there’s a bunch going on for the reigning Big 12 champs and national championship title hopefuls as the 2019 regular season quickly approaches. With that said, let’s find out everything there is you need to know about the Sooners before they take to the gridiron for the upcoming college football campaign.
Oklahoma Sooners 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 12-2 (W-L) / 6-7-1 (ATS) / 4-5-0 (Home) / 2-2-1 (Away) / 5-6-0 (Grass) / 1-1-1 (Turf)
- O/U: 11-3-0 (W-L) / 7-2-0 (Home) / 4-1-0 (Away) / 9-2-0 (Grass) / 2-1-0 (Turf) / 81.6 (Total)
Oklahoma has gone an identical 12-2 in each of the last two seasons to reach the College Football Playoffs and although they’ve been knocked out in the semifinal round each time, the Sooners certainly didn’t go down without a fight as the gave championship runner-up Alabama all they could handle in a 45-34 playoff loss this past season after taking Georgia to two overtimes in the semifinal round the year before.
Unfortunately for their betting backers, the Sooners recorded an uninspiring 6-7-1 ATS mark last season while going 4-5 ATS at home and 2-2-1 ATS on the road. Thanks to their prolific offense, Oklahoma played over the total a whopping 11 times, including seven times at home and nine times on grass fields.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Trey Sermon (13)
- Rushing: Kennedy Brooks (1056)
- Passing: Kyler Murray (4361)
- Receiving: Marquise Brown (1318)
- Interceptions: Parnell Motley (3)
A year ago, now, junior running back Trey Sermon put up a team-high 13 touchdowns while fellow junior running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for a team-high 1,056 yards. Quarterback Kyler Murray passed for a whopping 4,361 yards with 42 TD passes and just seven interceptions en route to winning the Heisman trophy. Junior wide receiver Marquise Brown recorded a team-high 1,318 receiving yards while senior cornerback Parnell Motley put up a team-high three interceptions. All of Oklahoma’s 2018 team leaders are back, except Kyler Murray.
- Total Yards: 570.4 / Rank 1
- Passing Yards: 322.9 / Rank 7
- Rushing Yards: 247.6 /Rank 11
- Points Scored: 48.4 / Rank 1
- Field Goal %: 89.5 / Rank 6
Under Riley’s offensive genius, the Sooners ranked first in total offense in 2018 while finishing seventh in passing, 11t in rushing and first in scoring by putting up a stupendous 48.4 points per game.
- Total Yards: 453.8 / Rank 113
- Passing Yards: 189.6 / Rank 130
- Rushing Yards: 159.8 /Rank 59
- Points Allowed: 33.3 / Rank 101
- Field Goal %: 85.7 / Rank 119
Unfortunately, as good as they were offensively, they were equally mediocre on the defensive side of the ball in finishing 113th overall, am awful, dead-last 130th against the pass, 59th against the run and an uninspiring 101st in points allowed (33.3 ppg).
If you didn’t know before, you should know that Oklahoma has won 11 games or more in each of the last four seasons and really, they’re light years ahead of conference rivals like Kansas, K-State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU. With that said, I think the Sooners are almost certainly going to reach the double-digit win mark in 2019 for one big reason – their addition of former Alabama signal-caller Jalen Hurts.
Despite being infamously beat out for the No. 1 job at Alabama by gifted quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Hurts is a supremely talented dual-threat quarterback in the mold of Kyler Murray and one that led the Tide to a stellar 26-2 mark as a starter with the perennial powerful SEC residents. In addition to having Hurts under center, the Sooners have a pair of gifted running backs in Sermon and Brooks that combined for 2,003 yards and 25 touchdowns last season.
After looking at Oklahoma’s 2019 schedule, I’m definitely expecting the Sooners to run the table at home this coming season. While Oklahoma has some difficult road dates at UCLA, conference rival Texas and Oklahoma State, I’m thinking the Sooners are simply going to outscore their road foes to finish at either 12-0 or possibly 11-1 in the regular season while topping their O/U totals far more often than not.