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Oklahoma opens as 1-point favorites vs. Ohio State, some lines swing quickly to OSU

Despite OSU’s higher ranking, the home team get the initial Vegas nod.

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Ohio State’s been one of the most impressive teams in the country against lesser opposition during the first two weeks of the season.

Though their performances have not been without fault, the Buckeyes have still yet to allow a defensive touchdown through two dominant weekends.

Despite former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and the University of Houston stunning the Oklahoma Sooners during their season opener at the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium, the 1-1 Sooners, not the Buckeyes, are Vegas’ early choice to come away victorious when OU plays host to Urban Meyer’s Bucks this coming Saturday evening.

You can expect some potential movement back and forth to this line similar to what we saw when Michigan was pegged as ever so slight favorites against the Buckeyes before the final line closed with OSU as minute favorites. Some smaller Vegas books in fact saw the opening line of -1 swing to OSU -1.5 within five minutes of the availability to bet on the game.

If you’re not a gambling aficionado, that roughly means a slew of action in favor of Ohio State forced the book to compensate in order to best position themselves to get closer to equal action on both teams and maximize their chances of coming out ahead.

Though the Buckeyes are ranked considerably higher than the Sooners in the Week 3 AP and Coaches Poll Top 25s, picking a winner in this contest is easier said than done. If Vegas is right, it could come down to Oklahoma’s home field advantage.