Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Oklahoma Sooners Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021

by Big Al Staff

Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue:  Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Where to Watch:  Fox


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Cornhuskers +22, Sooners -22; Over/Under:  61.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Cornhuskers +22, Sooners -22; Over/Under:  61.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Cornhuskers +22.5, Sooners -22.5; Over/Under:  61.5 points

Season Record

Nebraska Cornhuskers:  2-1 (7th place, Big Ten West)
Oklahoma Sooners:  2-0 (1st place, Big 12)
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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Oklahoma Sooners Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Nebraska Cornhuskers:  won 2
Oklahoma Sooners:  won 2

Offensive Analysis

This season the Cornhuskers are averaging a 62.2% completion percentage, 277.3 passing yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also average 236.3 rushing yards and 3.3 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging a 74.4% completion percentage, 330.5 passing yards, and 3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 199.5 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns per game on the ground.

Defensive Analysis

This season the Nebraska Cornhuskers are allowing teams a 60.6% completion percentage, 182 passing yards, and 1 touchdown per game through the air. They also allowed 144 rushing yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Oklahoma Sooners are allowing teams a 59.3% completion percentage, 209.5 passing yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 77.5 rushing yards and 1 touchdown per game on the ground.


Cornhuskers vs Sooners Prediction

Nebraska is coming into this matchup with a 2-1 record on the season but are 0-1 in conference games after a loss to Illinois in their first college football game. They are also 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming off of a win against the Buffalo Bulls last week 28-3. Adrian Martinez had a good game as the starter completing 13/19 passes for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns. Martinez also led the team in rushing with 112 rushing yards on 9 carries. Gabe Ervin Jr. was the one who found the end zone twice on the ground though with 56 rushing yards in that game. Samori Toure had a great day on the receiving end with 136 yards and 2 touchdowns on 2 receptions. Luke Reimer had a big day on defense as he led the team with 7 solo tackles, 9 assisted ones, and had the only interception for them on the day. Nebraska's offense is averaging 513.7 YPG in their 3 games this season and have definitely not had trouble moving the ball this season.

Oklahoma is coming into this game with a 2-0 record overall with their 3rd non-conference game in a row now, this will be a home game for them. They won their last game against the Western Carolina Catamounts. They beat WCU 76-0. Spencer Rattler had a great day completing 20/26 passes for 243 yards and 5 touchdowns. Eric Gray led the team in rushing with 74 yards on 9 carries while Caleb Williams had 60 rushing yards on 4 carries. Kennedy Brooks found the end zone while Jaden Knowles scored twice on the ground. Knowles also led the receivers with 65 yards. Danny Stutsman led the Sooners’ defense with 7 solo tackles and 1 assist while Bryson Washington had an interception in that one. Oklahoma's offense has been averaging 530 YPG this season and have not had trouble moving the ball downfield this season.

Oklahoma is coming into this game as a large favorite after getting a blowout win in the last week to an FCS team. They were only able to muster up a 5 point win in their first game of the college football season against Tulane. Nebraska stumbled in their first game but have since recovered with some better defense in their last 2 games. Nebraska should be able to keep this game close enough where they cover the spread so a bet on them is a good way to go.

Cornhuskers Sooners Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (12:00 pm ET start time) is Sooners 45 Cornhuskers 27.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Nebraska Cornhuskers: 21-7 ATS against Big 12 conference opponents. 2-1 ATS after a win by 21 or more points.
Oklahoma Sooners: 1-3 ATS as a home favorite of 21.5 to 28 points. 6-8 ATS after scoring 31 points or more in 2 straight games.

Key Injuries

Nebraska Cornhuskers:  T. Vokolek (TE) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. C. Rogers (DL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. O. Martin (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. T. Fidone II (TE) Out indefinitely - Knee injury. W. Honas (LB) out for season - Knee injury.
Oklahoma Sooners:  N. Rawlins-Kibonge (DE) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. K. Dennis (DB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. T. Wease (WR) Out indefinitely - Lower Body injury.

Players to Watch

Nebraska Cornhuskers: Adrian Martinez is one player to watch in this game. If Nebraska is to get something done here it will be through him. He leads the team in passing yards, rushing yards, and in TDs. He runs this offense and will have to make some big plays here if he wants his team to win this game.
Oklahoma Sooners: Marvin Mims is one player to watch on this team. He has been around for a few years so he knows this offense well and can be an electric player. He was quiet in the last game so look for him to make some big plays in this one.

Notable Quotes

"We just wanted to acknowledge that there is an NCAA investigation that is currently engaged with our athletic department and our football program specifically." - Trev Alberts on the current controversy surrounding this Nebraska football team.
“There’s something a little different about this one. It’s so unique. … Anybody that has anything to do with either one, I think you realize that. There’s definitely a little different feel for this one, and I think it’s good for the sport.” - Head coach Lincoln Riley on this upcoming game of the Big Red Rivalry.

Starting Lineups

Nebraska Cornhuskers
WR Toure, Samori 
WR Martin, Oliver 
WR Liewer, Wyatt 
TE Allen, Austin 
QB Martinez, Adrian 
RB Ervin Jr., Gabe 
Oklahoma Sooners
WR Wease, Theo 
WR Haselwood, Jadon 
WR Mims, Marvin 
TE Stogner, Austin 
QB Rattler, Spencer 
RB Brooks, Kennedy 
RB       Gray, Eric 

Statistical Leaders

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Passing: A. Martinez (728)
Rushing: A. Martinez (256)
Receiving: S. Toure (306)
Touchdowns: A. Martinez (3)
Sacks: P. Payne (2)
Tackles: L. Reimer (14)
Oklahoma Sooners
Passing: S. Rattler (547)
Rushing: K. Brooks (135)
Receiving: M. Mims (136)
Touchdowns: K. Brooks (2)
Sacks: I. Thomas (2)
Tackles: D. Turner-Yell (10)
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Scott Frost (4th season)
Oklahoma Sooners: Lincoln Riley (5th season)

Weather Forecast

89 degrees F sunny, 56% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 10 mph wind speeds SE.

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