Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners Football Vs. Missouri State | Storylines, How to Watch, Odds, & Predictions

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Kickoff: 6:00 PM CT

Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Television: PPV

Storylines

  • Oklahoma has won 14 straight home openers (last loss was a 17-10 defeat vs. TCU in 2005) and is 96-23-6 all-time in season openers with a 78-15-4 all-time record in home openers.
  • OU is the only program to win at least three straight Big 12 titles, and has done so twice (2006-08 and 2015-19). Its current streak of five straight outright league championships is the longest among Power Five programs since Alabama won five in a row from 1971 to ’75 (Clemson is also riding a five-game outright streak.
  • This marks the 21st straight season the Sooners have been ranked in the preseason AP poll.
  • Oklahoma is the only FBS program to rack up 17 seasons of double-digit wins since 2000. OU also leads all FBS programs with its 40 all-time 10-plus-win seasons, and with its 26 campaigns of at least 11 victories.
  • Oklahoma has won more Big 12 championships over the last 21 years (13) than it has lost home games.
  • Saturday’s game marks the Missouri State debut of head coach Bobby Petrino who enters the 2020 campaign with a career record of 119-56 (.680) with previous head coaching stints at Louisville (2003-06, 2014-18), Arkansas (2008-2011) and Western Kentucky (2013).
  • This is not only the first-ever meeting between Missouri State and Oklahoma in football, it is also coach Petrino’s first game against the Sooners. In his career, Petrino is 4-3 vs. current Big XII members as a head coach — 2-0 vs. Kansas State, 1-1 vs. TCU, 1-1 vs. West Virginia, and 0-1 vs. Texas.
  • The Bears have 9 players on their 2020 roster from the state of Oklahoma, including 3 returning lettermen — Daniel Allen (OL, Miami), Greg McCalister (S, Oklahoma City), and Damoriea Vick (WR, Oklahoma City). The roster also features 4 true freshmen and a pair of redshirt freshmen from the Sooner State. True freshman Grant Goodson (OL) is from Norman and attended Norman High School.
  • Missouri State’s Jordan Murray (Jr., Lee’s Summit, Mo.) enters the 2020 season with a reception in 21 consecutive games, tied for the seventh-longest streak in program history.

Odds

Oklahoma (-44.5)

O/U 71.5

Predictions

Craig: 54-14 Oklahoma

Zack: 56-10 Oklahoma

Mark: 60-7 Oklahoma

Matt: 55-17 Oklahoma

Rich: 56-10 Oklahoma

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