Last Updated Jul 19, 2022, 09:01 PM
2022 Oklahoma Sooners Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions
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2022 OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING ODDS, PREDICTIONS, PREVIEW
The premier program in the Big 12 underwent more changes than any other major program in the country this offseason. Lincoln Riley and several Oklahoma players and recruits like Caleb Williams moved to USC, leaving the Sooners with a lot of questions on offense for the first time in over a decade.
Oklahoma brought Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables in to replace Riley, and he brings a sudden shift in the philosophy of this team. Venables should do wonders for a defense that has sorely needed someone to mold it for the last several years, but this offense is a huge question mark with so many new faces.
Venables hired Jeff Lebby to be his offensive coordinator, and Lebby was able to land Dillon Gabriel as a transfer from UCF. Lebby coached Gabriel for one year in Orlando before moving to Ole Miss with Lane Kiffin, so Gabriel is familiar with the scheme that Lebby wants to run in Norman. We saw Gabriel put up solid numbers with the Knights in 2019 and 2020, but he is coming off a major injury. Gabriel is a better runner than you might expect, but he is undersized and has had trouble with accuracy over his career.
Kennedy Brooks and four of the top five receivers from last year left Oklahoma, so Gabriel will have a lot of new skill position players to work with on offense. The running back position should be in good hands as Eric Gray transferred in from Tennessee, Bentavious Thompson transferred in from UCF, and Javontae Barnes and Gavin Sawchuk were highly rated recruits in this cycle.
Marvin Mims will be the deep threat in this offense after averaging a whopping 22.0 YPR in 2021, and the Sooners are happy to welcome back Theo Wease after he missed all of last season due to injury. There is not a lot of depth in the receiver corps after Mims and Wease though.
Three starting offensive linemen from 2021 return for the Sooners. Tyler Guyton and McKade Mettauer transfer into Oklahoma to shore up this unit, but that’s still a concern considering some of the issues we saw up front last year.
Oklahoma ranked 58th in Defensive SP+ last season, but the Sooners should improve under Venables’ watchful eye. He has been one of the best defensive minds in the sport over the last two decades and has a lot of raw talent to work with on this side of the ball.
Jeffery Johnson, and T.D. Roof are transfers from Tulane that are expected to make immediate impacts, and defensive backs C.J. Coldon and Trey Morrison will provide depth. The Sooners really struggled in the secondary last season, but that should change in 2022.
The non-conference schedule for Oklahoma isn’t that tough, and the Sooners won’t face their first real test until the Red River Rivalry on October 8. There’s enough in place to think that the Sooners will contend for another Big 12 title, and they should get to 10 wins in the regular season.
Best Bet: Over 9.5 Wins (-105)
2022 OKLAHOMA SOONERS SCHEDULE
- Sat., Sept. 3 - vs. UTEP
- Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Kent State
- Sat., Sept. 17 - at Nebraska
- Sat., Sept. 24 - vs. Kansas State
- Sat., Oct. 1 - at TCU
- Sat., Oct. 8 - vs. Texas*
- Sat., Oct. 15 - vs. Kansas
- Sat., Oct. 29 - at Iowa State
- Sat., Nov. 5 - vs. Baylor
- Sat., Nov. 12 - at West Virginia
- Sat., Nov. 19 - vs Oklahoma State
- Sat., Nov. 26 - at Texas Tech
WIN TOTAL ODDS
- Over 9.5 (-105)
- Under 9.5 (-125)
OKLAHOMA SOONERS ODDS TO WIN BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
The Sooners won the Big 12 six straight seasons prior to last year. That has made Oklahoma the favorite coming into 2022 despite all the changes in Norman, although they aren’t as much of a favorite as they were in the past. Oklahoma plays all of its toughest conference foes this season (Kansas State, Baylor, and Oklahoma State) at home, so this is good value.
OKLAHOMA SOONERS ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
While Oklahoma is good value to win the Big 12, the Sooners probably aren’t going to contend for a national title just yet. They have been blown out in three of their four trips to the College Football Playoff, and while the defense will improve, the offense won’t be nearly as sharp as it was under Riley.
OKLAHOMA SOONERS 2022 HEISMAN CONTENDERS & ODDS
Dillon Gabriel (QB) +3500
Marvin Mims (WR) +20000
There isn’t really a path for Dillon Gabriel or Marvin Mims to win the Heisman Trophy. They won’t be given the credit they are due if they have big seasons because we are used to that from Oklahoma, so it would take something extraordinary for either player to even be named a finalist.
2021 OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING RESULTS
- SU: 11-2
- ATS: 6-6-1
- O/U: 8-5
- ATS-Home: 5-3
- ATS-Road: 1-3-1
- ATS-Favorite: 6-6
- ATS-Underdog: 0-0-1