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Oklahoma vs. Tulane 2021 College Football Week 1 Odds and Preview

By Carlos Chacon

This NCAA football weekend features a clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tulane Green Wave at the Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. The Sooners look to get back into the national playoff picture at the end of a lengthy absence from the postseason.

After finishing the 2020 season with a 9-2 record, including a 7-2 finish in Big 12 conference play, winning another Big 12 conference title, and a win against Florida in the Cotton Bowl Classic, Oklahoma is ready for another strong run. Meanwhile, opponents Tulane are coming off a 6-6- finish in the 2020 season, including a 3-5 run in AAC conference play, finishing in a third-straight bowl appearance.

As both teams gear up for their opening game, NitroBetting puts together a complete preview of the Oklahoma vs. Tulane contest. We bring you a closer look at the event details, essential team and player statistics, and the latest odds. On top of that, we make sure that everyone is on the right track with their picks. Find the latest betting trends and expert betting predictions right here and start locking on the best picks. Don’t forget to check the latest 2021 College Football odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulane Green Wave Game Information

  • When: Saturday, September 4, 2021, 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: ABC
  • Radio: KKHT 100.7 FM (Oklahoma) / KVDU 104.1 FM The Spot (Tulane)
  • Live Stream: CBS Sports
  • College Football Odds: Oklahoma (TBA) / Tulane (TBA)

Why Bet on the Oklahoma Sooners?

We await with enthusiasm the return of quarterback Spencer Rattler after an impressive freshman season, ending his first year with over 3,000 yards, 28 touchdowns, and the Big 12 newcomer of the year award. Kennedy Brooks makes his way back with the Sooners following an attempt to move to the pros. His college record features over 2,000 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns with an average of 7.5 yards per carry, which the Sooners can benefit from.

Additionally, Marvin Mims and Theo Wease will handle Oklahoma’s receiving end while the duo of Mike Woods and Drake Stoops is expected to provide an attacking spark.

On defense, Oklahoma sees plenty of improvement despite having multiple gaping holes that need to be plugged. Seven starters return, including LaRon Stoked, Perrion Winfrey, and Isaiah Thomas. On the other hand, Nik Bonitto comes in from a productive season, documenting 10.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Delarrin Turner-Yell and Pat fields make their way back to the secondary succeeding a top-three finish as tacklers. Last season, we saw Oklahoma average 43 PPG while allowing 21.7 PPG.

Why Bet on the Tulane Green Wave?

The hosts get Michael Pratt back under center after leading all true freshman quarterbacks with 20 touchdown passes last season. But this time around, he gets his top four targets back, featuring Jha’Quan Jackson and Deuce Watts who had 31 receptions apiece and a combined 14 touchdown grabs in the 2020 season.

Tyjae Spears recovers from a testing torn ACL injury, and the Green Wave are hoping for a healthy year for him. Cameron Carroll also provides a striking threat, succeeding a season with 741 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Going over the Green Wave’s defense, several talking points came out after an erratic 2020 run. Without Patrick Johnson and Cameron Sample, the team faces several defensive issues. However, transfer Joseph Dorceus from Memphis, Nick Anderson, Dorian Williams, and Kevin Henry will try to give the linebacker position some edge. Jaylon Monroe returns as part of the secondary while getting help from transfers Derrion Rakestraw and Lance Robinson. Last season, we saw Tulane average 34.7 PPG and allowed 28.1PPG.

Oklahoma vs. Tulane Betting Trends

  • Oklahoma is 4-1 in its last 5 away games.
  • Oklahoma is 3-2 against the spread in its last 5 away games.
  • The totals have gone under in 3 of Oklahoma’s last 5 games.
  • Tulane is 3-2 in its last 5 home games.
  • Tulane is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 home games.
  • The totals have gone over in 2 of Tulane’s last 5 games.

Oklahoma vs. Tulane Expert Betting Predictions

Tulane looks much better with Michael Pratt at his full potential, while Oklahoma doesn’t have the best defensive numbers. However, the Sooners enter the year with an impressive offensive line, and with Spencer Rattlerat the helm of the attack, there’s plenty of hope for the team to make a deep run this season. With home-field advantage on their side, Tulane can level the match and set the tempo if the opportunity opens up.

Covering the spread should be possible for the team, but Oklahoma on full throttle might be a bit too much to take. Nonetheless, we might see a close game before us if Tulane maintains a composed defensive line.

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