The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) will face the Wyoming Cowboys (3-0) to Oklahoma this weekend in Week 4 college football action. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 21st at Skelly Field and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the Week 4 college football odds, Wyoming opened as a 3.5-point road underdog earlier this week. That line hasn’t moved at all early betting, as the Cowboys are currently listed at +3.5. The total for the game is sitting at 47 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Tulsa vs Wyoming
Wyoming improved to 3-0 on the season last weekend after beating Idaho 21-16 at home. The Cowboys led 14-10 at the half and never looked back, outscoring the Vandals 7-6 over the final two quarters. QB Sean Chambers didn’t do much through the air, going just 4/12 for 50 passing yards. Chambers also didn’t have his best game on the ground, averaging only 2.4 yards per carry. RB Trey Smith was outstanding in the victory, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 17 touches. Only four Wyoming players made receptions in the game, as Jackson Marcotte and Titus Swen combined for 45 receiving yards. As a whole, the offense gained less than 300 total yards and scored three touchdowns.
The Cowboys defense played pretty well against Idaho, completely shutting down the Vandals in the second half and only giving up two field goals. Wyoming was especially strong defensively against the pass, holding Idaho QB Mason Petrino to 184 passing yards and no touchdowns.
Tulsa dropped back below .500 on the season in Week 3, losing 40-21 at home to Oklahoma State. The Golden Hurricane actually led 21-20 at halftime before completely falling apart in the second half, giving up 20 unanswered points to the Cowboys over the final 30 minutes. QB Zach Smith had an average game, going 17/30 for 228 passing yards and a touchdown. The star on offense for Tulsa was clearly RB Shamari Brooks, who rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. WR Keylon Stokes led the way for the receiving corps, catching seven passes for 109 yards and a score. Overall, the offense racked up just under 400 total yards and scored three touchdowns in a losing cause.
The Golden Hurricane defense had a tough outing in Week 3, giving up over 500 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Tulsa got absolutely torched on the ground by Cowboys RB Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns on a game-high 32 carries.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Wyoming +3.5
Tulsa has definitely had the harder schedule of these two programs to start the year, as they faced Michigan State in Week 1 before hosting Oklahoma State last weekend. Wyoming has yet to lose a game this season, but they have certainly not faced an opponent as strong as either the Spartans or OSU. However, the fact that an undefeated team is more than a field goal underdog against a mediocre Tulsa squad is pretty surprising to me, as the extra half a point feels like pretty good value in this particular spot. While Wyoming could easily win this game outright, having the extra 3.5 points in case of a last minute field goal by the favorite to break a tie game is always a good feeling.
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While both Tulsa and Wyoming are 2-1 ATS over their first three games, the Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last five and are also currently riding a seven game winning streak overall. Some bettors may be scared off by how brutal the Cowboys offense has been through the air, which is certainly hard to argue with. However, while their extremely poor passing attack will likely catch up with Wyoming eventually, it may not happen this week against a Golden Hurricane defense that just gave up 347 rushing yards in a single game to Oklahoma State. Trey Smith should be in for a second consecutive big performance after running all over Idaho in Week 3. I’m taking the 3.5 points in this matchup and siding with the road underdog – give me Wyoming to cover!