College Football Preview: Sooners Errors Could Cost Them

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Texas may have lost to an average UCLA team but Al Dannity isn’t writing off the Longhorns just yet.

Get ready for some big mistakes The Sooners might be the most underwhelming #8 team in recent memory. Squeaking out wins over Utah State and Air Force at home while barely hanging on at Cincinnati hardly screams dominance. Oklahoma was given a mulligan for its rough 2009 season and everybody, myself included, backed them to surge back this year but what have they actually done?

Landry Jones certainly looks to be progressing but College Football betting fans should note that his best numbers have come against weak defenses. This Saturday he faces an elite unit for the first time this season and there is plenty of cause for concern. With the Sooners’ running game failing to impress so far this season, Jones will be under a lot of pressure to make plays.

This will see some responsibility fall on the Oklahoma defense, a unit that is in the middle tier of FBS teams. Against Garrett Gilbert and the impotent Texas offense that might be all the Sooners’ need but I remain unconvinced. Mack Brown will find a way to put scores on the board and if Gilbert can play a dull but error-free game, the Longhorns defense can do the rest. Bet on Texas as +4.0 underdogs with Sports Interaction.

The fightback starts here The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost three straight, mostly on account of their limited defense. Boston College might just be weak enough offensively for the Irish to secure a crucial win on the road. After starting 1-3 under Brian Kelly, Notre Dame needs a win here to stop the season from getting out of control. The Eagles are ranked #73 in passing and #93 in rushing nationally while its defense has been relatively untested so far this season.

The Irish are even worse than BC on the ground but they possess the #7 passing game in the country. Boston College benched Dave Shinskie after his dire showing in a 19-0 shutout defeat to Virginia Tech last week. With the quarterback position effectively up for grabs, the Eagles look unlikely to challenge Notre Dame if this turns into a shoot-out. A win here would be the perfect boost for the Fighting Irish before they enter a five game stretch without a true road game. Bet on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win as -3.0 favorites.