CFB: Oklahoma at Miami (8:00 PM ET, ABC)


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CFB: Oklahoma at Miami (8:00 PM ET, ABC)

Oklahoma and Miami really can't afford take on another "L", if they want to remain relevant in the BCS picture. The Sooners pasted the Hurricanes 51-13 two years ago, and will play as about a TD-favorite in this contest, according to Sportsbook.com. Miami


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Oklahoma and Miami really can't afford take on another "L", if they want to remain relevant in the BCS picture. The Sooners pasted the Hurricanes 51-13 two years ago, and will play as about a TD-favorite in this contest, according to Sportsbook.com. Miami would love to re-establish a once dominant home field advantage, and 89% of bettors have put their backing on them on the MONEY LINE.

Coach Randy Shannon has taken what appeared to be impossible situation and turned into a positive. Miami's (2-1 SU&ATS) first four games were the most challenging in college football. If they can upset Oklahoma this week, this would mark the return of the importance of the "U" in college football. Jacory Harris has blossomed as sophomore in offensive scheme that suits his abilities. What's most impressive about Harris' growth is his football IQ, completing passes to everyone but the ball boy, with a dozen different receivers catching his tosses. Running back Kraig Cooper continues to be a versatile performer, sparking the offense where needed. The defensive line is tougher than the bouncers at The Mansion at Miami Beach. The Hurricanes however are 7-11 ATS at home against Top 25 clubs.

Oklahoma (2-1 SU&ATS) wanted to make sure it was prepared and had a bye week, which was to supposed to benefit Heisman winner Sam Bradford, but coach Bob Stoops is saying that Landry Jones will be his starting quarterback. After the BYU loss, the offense has gotten back in gear and the defense has played at the level most expected before the season began, hanging a couple of zeros on the scoreboard against Idaho State and Tulsa. Coach Stoops has praised the offensive line for opening bigger holes for runners Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray. The Sooners are 9-0 ATS off a win and playing non-conference foe.

If Miami (2-1 SU&ATS) thought it saw a lot of pressure in being overwhelmed by Virginia Tech defense, wait till they see the Sooners. Oklahoma laid it on Miami 51-13 two years ago in Norman as 11-point favorites and is 28-5 (7-8 ATS) against all current ACC squads. Boomer Sooner is 10-2 ATS after gaining 475 or more total yards (45-0 over Tulsa) and 8-1 ATS after allowing 14 points or less last game.

Miami returns to Landshark Stadium 2-10 ATS in home games off an upset loss as a favorite. The Hurricanes only loss to present Big 12 teams was to the Sooners; otherwise they are 8-0 SU and ATS. The last time Oklahoma faced the Canes in Miami was the 1988 Orange Bowl when they lost 20-14, ending a perfect season.

The StatFox Power Line indicates that Sportsbook oddsmakers missed badly on this one, Oklahoma by 22

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