There is no guarantee that the teams in the top 4 spots in the college football rankings will be there when the season ends. That said, there are a few of those teams who have laid down a rather serious marker in the opening two weeks of the season. It’s probably no real surprise that the two teams, Alabama and Georgia, who played for the National Championship are on that list. What is perhaps a little surprising is that the Oklahoma Sooners have looked as good as they have through their first two games of the season. The biggest question mark that the Sooners had to answer coming into this season was how they were going to replace the numbers put up by Baker Mayfield during his time as QB with the team. The good news is that the Sooners have not missed a beat with a new QB under center, but they are going to need to be careful not to have a letdown this season on the road against the Iowa State Cyclones, as usual, our expert is here to share his picks and predictions on our betting preview.

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🏈: #5 Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (0-1)
⏰: Sat. Sep 15, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
🏟️: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
📺: ABC
🎰: Oklahoma Sooners -17½ -110

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Betting PreviewYou look at the Sooners overall record versus Iowa State, which currently sits at 74-6-2, and you see a game that should not be any problem for the #5 ranked team in the nation. That was something that we all assumed last season, too, yet it was the Cyclones who came away with the 38-31 win in that one. Given that result, the Sooners will absolutely not be taking this one for granted, even though they are in as an 18-point favorite. The Sooners have won both of their games this season, although they are just 1-1 ATS in those games. They have been good in previous meetings with Iowa State, though, covering the spread in 9 of the last 13 games. Oklahoma are now 23-2 SU in their last 25 games, although one of those losses was against this very team.

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Betting PreviewThe Cyclones had a late start to their season after seeing their Week 1 game postponed due to weather. It was not the best start for this team once they got going, as they lost 13-3 in a defensive struggle against their in-state rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Cyclones failed to cover as a 3 ½ point underdog in that one, but that has certainly not been the norm for this team. Iowa State are a healthy 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games, as well as being 8-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games at home. While the Cyclones sprang the upset on the Sooners last season, it was the first time they had beaten them in 18 attempts. The chances of lightning striking twice, at least in terms of an SU win, seem rather slim.

Betting PreviewThe Sooners absolutely look like a team that could be competing for a playoff spot once again this season. They may have slipped up in this match-up last season, but I think they win this one rather comfortably, covering in the process.

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Predicted Score: Oklahoma Sooners 42 Iowa State Cyclones 13

 

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