One of these teams is a serious College Football Playoff contender (Oklahoma) and the other is a squad potentially capable of surprising some in the SEC and winning eight-plus games (Tennessee). While this contest should contain a decent amount of entertaining play, it's not expected to be all that close. Both teams have gotten off to good starts in 2014, with each yet to lose a game so far.
Can the Volunteers make this game a fight until the end? Does Tennessee's young team have enough talent and poise to stick with the Sooners for 60 minutes in Norman, Okla.?
We'll find out.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: ABC
Location: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Betting line: Oklahoma -21 (via 5Dimes)
Prediction: This isn't a game Oklahoma loses and it's not really a game that should be close, either. Multiple analysts have said the Bob Stoops' team does not possess any flaws, and outside of saying that quarterback Trevor Knight is still a bit unproven, you can't really argue against that. The Sooners are strong on both the offensive and defensive line, have elite skill players, and have what's possibly the country's best secondary.
Tennessee is a solid team that has shown promise, but attempting to make this contest close is too tall a task for the Volunteers. Facing a top-five team, on the road, with an unproven squad is a fool's errand for nearly everyone. Expect Oklahoma to win this contest in a blow-out fashion.