Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kyler Murray
- Oklahoma's star quarterback Kyler Murray will not start Saturday afternoon's game against Baylor because of suspension.
- As a result, oddsmakers have been forced to adjust lines on the fly to account for Murray's absence.
Just before noon ET, news broke that Oklahoma star quarterback Kyler Murray will not be starting Saturday afternoon at home against Baylor.
The possibility of Murray not starting was rumored throughout Friday. Though the specifics of the benching haven’t been disclosed, it’s reportedly a minor disciplinary issue.
This an almost an identical punishment to the one head coach Lincoln Riley gave Baker Mayfield last season.
As a Heisman candidate, Murray’s benching has had an impact on the point spread on the game against the Bears. While no exact details have been released regarding just how long he’ll sit, oddsmakers have still adjusted lines to account for his absence early in the game.
Oklahoma was sitting at -23.5 Saturday morning but is down to -21.
At the time of publication, 60% of spread tickets and 54% of dollars wagered have taken the Sooners.
With this game kicking off at 3:30 p.m. ET, follow along with The Action Network’s live odds page to see if this line continues to fall.