Why should Oklahoma be your College Football Playoff Betting Pick?

Why Should Oklahoma be Your 2018 College Football Playoff Betting Pick?

Written by on December 6, 2017

The college football regular season and championship games are over, and the playoff committee has decided which 4 teams will be playing for a National Championship. We have a few weeks to wait before the semi-final games – the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl – are played, which gives us a little extra time to break down each of the teams and the match-ups. We are going to start out by taking a look at why should the Oklahoma Sooners be your College Football Playoff betting pick, remembering they have to face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl first. Let me start out by giving you 3 reasons why the Sooners have great odds to win the National Championship, and we will also look at 3 reasons why they might not be such a great bet, which we will do in a separate piece, but positives first.

Why Should Oklahoma be Your College Football Playoff Betting Pick?

Team Information

  • Conference: Big 12
  • CFP Ranking: 2
  • Record: 12-1

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3 Reasons to Bet on Oklahoma

The Sooners Killer Offense

The Sooners highly touted offense begins and ends with QB Baker Mayfield, a young man who will more than likely be your Heisman Trophy winner this season. Mayfield completed 71% of his passes this season, throwing 41 TD versus just 5 INT, for a total of 4,340 yards. He is a sure first-round pick, and will certainly want to finish his senior year with a championship ring. As a whole, the offense put up close to 45 PPG this season, with over 367 YPG through the air. While Mayfield was pulling most of the strings, the running game also averaged over 210 YPG, so this team is certainly not a one trick offensive pony. The big question now is whether anyone can stop them.

They Know How to Win Big Games

The simple fact of the matter is that you do not become a conference champion without winning some big games along the way. Perhaps the biggest win of the season for the Sooners, besides their thumping of TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game, was a 31-16 win on the road against Ohio State in the early part of the season. This is the same Buckeyes team that was very much in the conversation to be in the playoffs after winning the Big 10. Baker Mayfield converts Oklahoma into a good College Football Playoff Betting Pick. Besides beating TCU in the conference championship game, the Sooners also beat them in the regular season at a time when the Horned Frogs were unbeaten and in the top 4. They also had another big road win against Oklahoma State near the end of the season and found a way to bounce back and recover after their lone loss of the season to Iowa State.

They are Winning the Turnover Battle

We mentioned earlier that Baker Mayfield has only thrown 5 INT’s this season, but the whole offense has been stingy when it comes to giving up the football, which is why the College Football Playoff Betting enthusiasts are high on them. Overall, the Sooners have only turned the football over a total of 12 times, and have not lost a fumble in 6 straight games. Mayfield has gone 4 straight games without tossing a pick. The Sooners defense forced a turnover in all but 3 games this season, and have forced 6 turnovers in the last 3 games alone, which is all the more impressive when you consider that the Sooners were basically in a must-win situation in those games as they sought to get into the playoffs. If they can continue to win the turnover battle, there is no reason they can’t win it all.
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