The Oklahoma Sooners have faced a turbulent offseason, but are still the team to beat in the Big 12 while they’re at it. Here are the best ways to bet on Oklahoma.
After seeing off their six-year reign as the Big 12 champions came to an end last season, Oklahoma is looking to reclaim the conference crown in one of its final campaigns before heading to the SEC. Former defensive coordinator Will Venables returns to Norman in place of late head coach Lincoln Riley, while traded quarterback Dillon Gabriel has the potential to become the Sooners’ new Heisman winner.
Below we take a look at the best ways to bet on Oklahoma in 2022 (odds via BetMGM and DraftKings Sportsbook).
Best bets for Oklahoma in 2022
2022 predictions for Oklahoma
Over 9 wins (-135)
Most sportsbooks are offering the Sooners’ season win total at 9.5 with more money on the Over, but I’d rather put some juice in to take the flat 9 a la MGM (FanDuel even offers an 8 .5, but the Over is heavily juiced at -180.). To lose that bet, Oklahoma would have to lose at least four games — something the Sooners program has done only once since 2009.
Yes, it might take the Sooners a while to adjust to Venables and all the new faces on their roster, but Oklahoma’s flexible schedule will leave plenty of room for error. OU will open the year with non-conference matchups with UTEP, Kent State and Nebraska before entering the meat of the Big 12 season, where it won’t have to visit Oklahoma State. , Kansas State or Baylor.
Win the Big 12 Championship (+200)
If you’re feeling a little bolder about the Sooners’ chances of having a solid season, why not try to triple your money with a 2-on-1 comeback over Oklahoma winning the Big 12 title?
Venables is more than familiar with Norman’s expectations, having spent 13 years as OU’s assistant coach before becoming Clemson’s defensive coordinator. He also embraces the massive turnover of this year’s roster, noting that it should help the Sooners transition to a new head coach and also remove any sense of entitlement or convenience in this blue blood program.
Transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel should be particularly motivated to have a big year after a broken collarbone ended his 2021 campaign after just three games. Gabriel enters the year ranked fifth in Heisman Trophy odds and will have plenty of opportunities to make big numbers in the high-tempo system of new offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, whom Gabriel worked with several years ago at the UCF.
More wins than the Dallas Cowboys (+135)
Oklahoma residents may feel conflicted making this bet since the Cowboys are many’s favorite NFL team in the state. But if you can put your allegiances aside, the cash return on this novelty bet at DraftKings is well worth it in my opinion – not to mention making your Saturdays and Sundays even more interesting this fall.
We’ve already covered why the Sooners look set to win at least nine games and potentially more. Ten wins would give us a good chance of getting into the window against a Cowboys team that hasn’t won 10 games in consecutive seasons since 1996. In addition to playing what should be a tougher division slate against the NFC East improved, the Cowboys also need to visit the Rams, Packers and Titans this season while hosting the Buccaneers and Bengals.
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Ways to bet on Oklahoma picks made on 8/17/2022 at 9:15 a.m. ET.