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What is the Spread on the Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Oklahoma Sooners Week 3 Game

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Sep/12/2021

Today we look at the spread on the Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Oklahoma Sooners game, or what it should beLive odds can be found at BetUS, which offers a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $2500).

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What Should the Spread on the Nebraska vs. Oklahoma Game be?

After Week 2, the Sooners rating is 88.19, the Cornhuskers rating is 68.65.  This would give us a spread of Oklahoma -22 with home field advantageSurprise, surprise, that's exactly where we opened at.

The Sooners made quick work of outmanned FCS foe Western Carolina in a 76-0 rout after a lackluster performance in Week 1 against Tulane where they failed to cover the spread with a 40-35 win.  Oklahoma was the -21 favorite in that one.

Nebraska is 2-1 coming into this game.  They did have a respectable 28-3 victory over Buffalo Saturday.  This was the first time in two years that the Cornhuskers had consecutive victories.

The Huskers-Sooners Week 3 game marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 "Game of the Century" that catapulted the Huskers to a second straight national championship.

What to Watch for in the Line Movement

Week 1 - BetOnline had opened Oklahoma as a -21 favorite back in May but the days leading up to their Week 1 game they had moved from -28 to -32.  Heritage also moved the line up 5 spots to -31.5 while recreational sportsbook Bovada moved from -31 to -33 and back down to close at -31.5.  In theory at least, Bovada should have gotten more action on Oklahoma to reduce its liability in the waning hours ahead of this game as the Sooners did not even come close to covering the spread.

Week 2 - With the Week 2 blowout books would have been wise to move the line up even more aggressively.  This was indeed the case across the board with a move anywhere from Oklahoma -50 to -55.  BetOnline was -50.5 to -55, Bovada -50.5 to -53.

The Sooners will come into Week 3 with a 1-1 record Against The Spread.

Week 0 - Nebraska was getting much of the attention in what is sometimes referred to as Week 0.  It was part of a slate of games ahead of the official start of the 2021 College Football season.  Against Illinois, they ultimately lost outright. 

This game featured a line of Nebraska -7 and shifted between -7 and -6.5 on occasion.  The line dropped a half point the hours ahead of this game. All books followed suit.  Nebraska is now 2-1 Against The Spread coming into Week 3.

Currently - For Week 3 we had an opening line of -18.5 for what should, at least in theory, be an easy cover for the Sooners.  BetOnline offered that number back in May. 

One thing we need to consider with this game is, assuming Oklahoma is going to win this one (few think they won't), do the Sooners really come into Week 4 with a record of 3-0 Straight Up but are 1-2 Against The Spread?

As of Wednesday, indications are that as a -21 favorite the Sooners are seeing around 62% of the public action. 

This is a tough number but we're already on Oklahoma -21.

Some quick thoughts on the actual performance expectations here.  Nebraska may have played better their last two games but they didn't face the likes of an Oklahoma.  They have too many turnovers and not enough sacks. 

Spencer Rattler and the Oklahoma offense should be able to get the job done. Video Preview (Coming Soon)

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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