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Betting preview: Oklahoma Sooners

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ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele breaks down his best bets for the upcoming college football season.

With college football season on the horizon, ESPN Chalk's college football experts -- Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica -- give you betting previews of the top 25 teams in the ESPN College Football Rankings. They break down each team's strengths and weaknesses, along with season win total bets and national title odds.

Odds from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Sept. 1.

Oklahoma Sooners

National title odds: 30-1
Season win total: 8.5


Phil Steele

Strengths: The Sooners are right where they want to be. Believe it or not, this is only the third time since 2000 that Oklahoma hasn't been ranked in the AP preseason top 10. What's more, on the two previous occasions, the Sooners won the national title and finished No. 6 in the country. New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley inherits two capable QBs and talented RB Samaje Perine. WR Sterling Shepard basically missed the second half of the past season with injury, but now he is healthy and one of the best in the country. The Sooners also have a top-15 defense.