Auburn Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Date and Time: Monday, January 2, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Sugar Bowl Odds at BetDSI: Oklahoma -3, O/U 63.5
Auburn vs. Oklahoma TV Coverage: ESPN
Something has to give on Monday night as the Sooners average nearly 45 points per game while the Tigers give up just 15.6 points per contest. The Sooners scored less than 40 points just twice this season and they lost both games, 33-23 to Houston and 45-24 to Ohio State. The Sooners are 103-1 under Bob Stoops when they score 40 points or more. Auburn gave up more than 30 points only once all season and that was to top-ranked Alabama.
If the Oklahoma offense against the Auburn defense is an even matchup then this game will be decided by the Auburn offense against the Oklahoma defense. And that is not a matchup that looks good for the Sooners. The Tigers averaged 32.2 points per game while the Sooners gave up nearly 30 points per contest. The Sooners are just 40-35 under Stoops when they give up 25 points or more.
The Tigers are all about running the ball as they were 6th in the country, averaging about 278 yards on the ground. The Sooners were 54th in the country against the run allowing 160.8 yards per game. They were even worse against the pass as they gave up 279 yards per game which was 119th in the nation.
The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games. They have gone under in four of their last five. The Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their last five games with four of the five going under. Auburn was 9-3 ATS this season while the Sooners were just 6-6.
Auburn vs. Oklahoma Free Picks
The question in this game is whether or not the Auburn defense can stop Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense. If the Tigers can slow down the Sooners they will win this game because the Oklahoma defense is going to have all kinds of problems against the Auburn offense. I will take the points with Auburn and also play the game over the odds at BetDSI.
Auburn vs. Oklahoma ATS Pick: Auburn +3 at BetDSI
Auburn vs. Oklahoma Score Prediction: Auburn 37 – Oklahoma 34