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Tulane vs. Oklahoma ATS Picks

NCAAF Week 3 Lines

The Oklahoma Sooners celebrated in Columbus the same way the Buckeyes celebrated in Norman last season. They jumped up and down right at midfield and caused a huge scene when they upset the Bucks. Perhaps the signature moment came when Baker Mayfield ran around the stadium, then planted the giant OU flag right in the middle of the "O" for Ohio State.

But the Sooners have only won two games and have plenty of work to do to stay as a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. It'll be easy to forget about this game against the Tulane Green Wave in Week 3.

Tulane Green Wave vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Date and Time
: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Opening College Football Odds: Oklahoma -34
Tulane vs. Oklahoma TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1

Oklahoma has officially arrived. The Sooners were effectively knocked out of the CFP chase in September last year when they were beaten by the Buckeyes soundly at home. They returned the favor in spades this time around, winning 31-16 in a game that could've been far worse if not for a couple fumbles that cost the team points.

But scoring 28 points in the second half of a top five battle at Ohio Stadium won't be forgotten in Norman for a long, long time.

Mayfield is now 46-of-55 for 715 yards with six touchdowns and no picks. For as long as the Sooners are winning and his stats stay anywhere near that good, he's going to be a Heisman Trophy contender, especially since Oklahoma really doesn't have another legitimate superstar on its roster.

Tulane, quite frankly, isn't ready for this game. The team went on the road and was beaten 23-21 by Navy last weekend. The Green Wave are 2-0 ATS, which is a nice start for a team that most assumed was going to be one of the worst in the AAC this year.

But what do we know about the Green Wave at this point? Not much. Beating up Grambling and taking Navy down to the wire don't tell you what's going on against a team like Oklahoma in Norman.

Injury Report

To add to the unpredictability, starting quarterback, Jonathan Banks went down with an injury against Navy last weekend. That makes it all the more remarkable that the Green Wave were able to hang in there.

Banks is a dual-threat for sure, but backup Johnathan Brantley held his own when he was forced into duty, going 5-for-8 for 58 yards to go with a good game on the ground.

There was no update immediately available on Banks and his status for this game against Oklahoma, but you can probably guess that Brantley, a sophomore who went just 8-of-21 passing last year in limited relief as a frosh, is going to be a deer in headlights if he has to start this game.

Tulane vs. Oklahoma Free Picks

The biggest issue we see with backing Oklahoma is the fact that this is a horrible sandwich spot on the schedule. The Sooners are starting Big XII play next week at Baylor, and they're of course coming off of their 31-16 win over the Buckeyes. Furthermore, all of the top college football sportsbooks are asking you to lay a slew of points against a team that flat out isn't all that good.

But the one thing that has us coming back for more on the Sooners is the fact that backup quarterback, Kyler Murray has some chops like Mayfield does. Murray went 10-for-11 in relief of Mayfield in the opening game of the season against UTEP, and if he ends up playing some extended time in this one, we have confidence that he can stretch out the score, even with the backups in the game. OU could be a little sluggish in the early going, but we think it'll figure it out in time to cover this hefty spread.

College Football ATS Pick: Play Oklahoma at
College Football Score Prediction: Oklahoma 51, Tulane 10