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South Dakota Coyotes At Oklahoma Sooners | Storylines, How to Watch, Odds, & Predictions

M. Hofeld

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Kickoff: 6:00 PM CT

Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK)

Television: PPV

Storylines

Oklahoma is 8-3 against programs currently in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), but has played only four such games since the start of the 1952 season. In those four contests, the Sooners beat Indiana State 49-0 in 1999 (Bob Stoops’ first game as OU head coach), Chattanooga 57-2 in 2008, Idaho State 64-0 in 2009 and Florida A&M 69-13 in 2012. That’s a combined total of 239-15. OU is 3-2 against Drake (games played between 1920 and ’26) and 1-1 versus William & Mary (games played in 1942 and ’51).

Last year the Sooners led the nation in both yards per rush (6.6) and yards per pass attempt (11.3). Last week against Houston they led the nation in yards per rush (9.6; next highest was 8.4 by Clemson) and were second in yards per pass attempt (13.8).

Jalen Hurts’ 251.3 passing efficiency rating last week was the third best in school history among quarterbacks who attempted at least 23 passes in a game.

South Dakota is in its fourth season under Bob Nielson, who is in his 27th year as a head coach and is one of just 14 active NCAA coaches with at least 200 wins. He owns a 16-20 record at USD. The Coyotes, a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, went 4-7 in 2018.

In 2018, South Dakota averaged 26.7 points and 411.2 yards per game (125.4 rushing, 285.8 passing) while allowing 34.2 points and 430.0 yards (210.8 rushing, 219.2 passing) per contest.

Fifteen players made their first appearance in an Oklahoma uniform on Sunday. Eleven players made their first OU starts in the game: redshirt senior OL R.J. Proctor, senior QB Jalen Hurts, redshirt junior OLB Jon-Michael Terry, junior DL LaRon Stokes, redshirt sophomore OL Marquis Hayes, Tyrese Robinson and Adrian Ealy, redshirt sophomore WR Charleston Rambo, sophomore LB DaShaun White and sophomore S Delarrin Turner-Yell and Pat Fields. The starts were the first in the careers of all but Proctor and Hurts.

Odds

Oklahoma (-41.5)

O/U 75.5

Predictions

Craig: 69-17 Oklahoma

Rich: 63-10 Oklahoma

Mark: 56-10 Oklahoma

Zack: 63-13 Oklahoma

Matt: 56-14 Oklahoma

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