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Oklahoma Sooners 2021 Season
There are few programs in college football that could possibly view a Cotton Bowl win as a disappointing end to a season. Oklahoma fits the bill here. The Sooners were Big 12 champions, but two early losses resulted in them finishing sixth in the final College Football Playoff rankings and having to settle for a New Year's Six game instead of its fifth trip to the CFP semifinals.
But Oklahoma has the pieces on both ends of the ball to make its return to the CFP in 2021 as it is projected to win 11 games.
Quarterback Spencer Rattler is a preseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy, with odds as favorable as +550 going into the season. Rattler is the centerpiece of a top-10 offense in college football, throwing for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns to seven interceptions in his first year as the starter while adding six more scores on the ground.
Both of the Sooners' top two leading rushers from last year are gone, though Kennedy Brooks returns after opting out in 2020. Brooks topped 1,000 yards on the ground in 2018 and 2019, racking up 18 touchdowns over those two seasons. OU’s top three receivers are back, led by Marvin Mims , who had 610 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman.
What makes the Sooners dangerous is that their defensive productivity is beginning to match the potency of their offense. Oklahoma’s gone from ranking 101st in scoring defense to 29th in just two years. It’ll have one of the stronger pass rushes again this season with Isaiah Thomas and Nik Bonitto back. The duo combined for 16.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Oklahoma begins its season on September 4 with a road game at Tulane.
Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners
Betting point spreads are wagers based on the expectation that a team will win or lose by a certain number of points. The Sooners went 8-2 overall in the regular season, but were slightly worse against the spread at 6-4. Oklahoma’s eight wins came by an average of 26.1 points. Here’s an example:
- Oklahoma -2.5 (-110)
- Texas +2.5 (-110)
In this situation, Oklahoma is favored by 2.5 points against Texas. If the Sooners win the game by three or more points, a $100 wager on Oklahoma would come with a payout of $90.91. If the Longhorns won the game outright or lost by two points or less, the same $100 wager would net $110 plus the original $100 for a total of $210.
Oklahoma got off to a slow start in 2020, but finished the year with eight straight wins as one of the best picks in college football on the moneyline, which is as straightforward as it gets when it comes to betting. The only thing to do here is pick the winner and the Sooners were untouchable from mid-October on. Check out this example:
- Oklahoma -160
- Iowa State +180
The minus (-) and plus (+) signs distinguish the favorite from the underdog, making Oklahoma the favorite in this scenario. Odds can be understood more clearly if you think in terms of $10 or $100 increments. A wager on the Sooners odds would mean every $160 bet nets $100. And it's the opposite for underdogs: Here the Iowa State moneyline was set at +180, meaning a $100 wager would profit $180.
Moneylines are also commonly used when making parlays, which are multiple bets tied into one. Let’s say you bet on Oklahoma’s moneyline and a -2.5 point spread, Oklahoma would need to win by three points for that bet to be successful. The risk may be greater, but so is the reward with increased odds. Use our Odds Calculator to calculate any bet amount or conversion.
Oklahoma Sooners Over/Unders
Over/under, also called point total, is a wager placed on the combined scoring of a single game. Bookmakers come up with a number and you can either bet the over or — you guessed it — the under. Here’s how it works:
Let's say Oklahoma plays Oklahoma State and the over/under is set at 70 points. A wager on the over would require the Sooners and Cowboys to score 71 total points or more to win. Betting the under is an expectation that the two teams would score 69 or fewer points. It's also possible for the bet to push, which would happen if the game finished with exactly 70 points scored.
In 2020, Oklahoma averaged 43 points and allowed just 21.7 points. The Sooners hit the over in an even 50% of their games last season.
Oklahoma Sooners Props
Player props are wagers on a single player, and they're tied to a single stat found in the box score for a game or even the whole season. These are among the most fun to bet on, especially if you're already playing fantasy football and like the player-specific focus it offers. Check out an example below:
- Spencer Rattler 2021 passing yards: 4,000.5
Futures are somewhat similar to prop bets in the way that both are monitored over the course of a season. Except most future bets are focused on end of season success. Examples of futures are:
- Oklahoma Sooners odds to win the Big 12
- Oklahoma Sooners odds to reach the College Football Playoff
- Oklahoma Sooners odds to win the College Football Playoff
- Spencer Rattler’s odds to win the Heisman Trophy
If you think the Sooners can return to the Playoff or win their first CFP championship, this is the place to bet. These types of bets are called futures, and they're just wagers on things that settle at the end of the year. For a full list of NFL futures, click or tap here.
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