College football’s official opening weekend has plenty of marquee games to keep an eye on. One of the best games being Oklahoma-Houston.
The matchup will feature some of the better quarterbacks in the country. For Oklahoma, proven Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts will don a new shade of red as he takes over the Sooner offense.
The last two quarterbacks to play for Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley both won the Heisman Trophhy. Will Hurts have a similar year in 2019?
For Houston, D’Eriq King is one of the best true dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. King threw for 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns while rushing for 674 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2018. He’s hoping for an even better senior season.
Despite having such a threat at quarterback, Houston finds itself as a big underdog going in to the game.
OddShark’s computer is predicting a 51.8-32.8 Oklahoma win, but also predicts Houston to cover the 23-point spread.
While the Sooners would be happy with a win over a dangerous opponent, allowing over 30 points would certainly be a red flag. Oklahoma’s defense has been their Achilles’ heel over the past few seasons.
The Sooners must contain King and force him to stay in the pocket. If Oklahoma can force King to make him beat them through the air, Riley’s squad will be in good shape.
Oklahoma and Houston kickoff Sunday at 7:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.