Louisiana-Monroe vs Oklahoma Week 2 Prediction & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 8, 2016 in

The frustration factor in Norman has grown all week, as the Sooners’ Week 1 loss down in Houston threw a giant wrench into their national title hopes. Oklahoma was once known for winning the big games on its schedule, but the opposite has been true in recent years. Oklahoma can still find its way back into the College Football Playoff conversation (remember, last year’s champs, the Alabama Crimson Tide, fell to Ole Miss). However, that will have to start with a big Week 2 win. Louisiana-Monroe struggled to put away Southern last week, and they will have to upgrade things in a big way if they want to hang with the Sooners. Check out the rest of the college football betting lines for Week 2 as well.

Louisiana-Monroe vs Oklahoma Week 2 Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Where: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
TV: Pay Per View
Radio: Louisiana-Monroe / Oklahoma
Stream Option: Sooner Sports
Odds: Oklahoma -46.5

Why should you put your money on Oklahoma?

Houston has a ton of quality on their roster, so even though they do not belong to a Power 5 conference, the way Houston plays over the course of the season should keep this first loss from harming the Sooners’ chances in the standings too badly. Losing early in the season hurts teams less than losing later on, so Oklahoma just needs to get on an even keel. Baker Mayfield had a stellar game for the Sooners, throwing for 323 yards and a pair of scores, but Houston shut down the Sooner running game, which only gained 70 yards. The passing defense needs to step up as well, as they permitted 321 yards to the Cougars. The secondary and offensive line will have plenty of motivation against the Warhawks.

Why should you bet on the Warhawks?

Louisiana-Monroe’s fortunes rise and fall with those of quarterback Garrett Smith. Against Southern, he ran for 150 yards and threw for 208 more, accounting for three touchdowns. However, he threw two interceptions, which gave Southern a couple of boosts to keep them competitive. Tailback Ben Luckett picked up 110 yards on 18 attempts, and if he can find some space in the Sooner defense, he could cause some havoc. Oklahoma also gave up a 109-yard kick return, so Louisiana-Monroe should see what they can pull off on special teams.

My Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s time for a showcase win for the Sooners, and I expect them to come out of the tunnel ready to bring the hammer from the first play. I’m predicting a 63-14 Oklahoma win.