No.1 Oklahoma Sooners (-3) A Slight Favorite On Road Against The No.11 Missouri Tigers
October 21, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The top-team in the BCS Standings will get a test this week as the No.1 Oklahoma Sooners face Big XII conference foe No.11 Missouri on the road Saturday night.  The No.1 team has gone down two-straight weeks, as the Sooners will look to avoid continuing that trend.

Aside from a 30-point win over the Florida State Seminoles in the second week of the season, Oklahoma played in close games in the first five weeks, narrowly escaping teams like Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati.  The last two games however, Oklahoma has taken care of arch-rival Texas, and then blew away Iowa St.

While The Sooners rank third in the human polls behind Oregon and Boise St, their computer average in the BCS Standings was high enough to vault Oklahoma over both teams into the No.1 ranking of the initial standings.

Head coach Bob Stoops isn’t worried about the rankings however, he is worried about the Tigers.

“We’re going up to play a 6-0 team at Missouri, and they’re not handing anything out right now,” Stoops remarked. “It means absolutely nothing.”

For Missouri, they rank 11th in the BCS Standings behind a defense that ranks second in the nation in scoring, and in the top-10 in sacks.  The Tigers are a disciplined defensive unit that has taken over several of their games.  In their last outing against Texas A&M this past Saturday, the Tigers defense recorded nine sacks and limited the Aggie offense which had averaged 35 points, to just nine points.

Oklahoma has won 19 of the last 20 match ups against Missouri, including the last seven.  The Tigers have not beaten the Sooners since back in 1998.  This will be the first meeting between the two teams since they met in the Big XII Championship game in 2008.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel though said that his team is going to come in focused and prepared, knowing thequality of opponent that is coming to their stadium.

“Our players are very well aware of No. 1, how good Oklahoma is, and No. 2, how it’s such a big game,” Pinkel said.

The Tiger have not begun a season 7-0 since 1960.

Both teams sport potent offenses and powerful defenses, so this game has all the makings of being a close one.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones leads the Sooners on offense, as he is coming off a game in which he completed 30 of 34 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns.  Running back DeMarco Murray is also one of the most dynamic players in the country, and Missouri will have their hands fulls.

For the Tigers, quarterback Blaine Gabbert is coming off of a season-high performance, tabbing 361 yards through the air to go along with three touchdown passes.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Odds have set Oklahoma as a three-point favorite in this match up, with the over/under set at 53 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

Missouri is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games at home.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The under is 14-6 in the last 20 games for the Sooners.  The under is 7-3 in Oklahoma’s last 10 Big XII games.

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