Oklahoma vs Texas Picks, College Football Predictions & NCAAF Tips
We have Oklahoma vs Texas Picks, College Football Predictions & NCAAF Tips for the game in Texas on Saturday, Oct. 12.
In one of the biggest games of the weekend and a rematch of last year’s Big 12 Championship Game.
It’s the annual Red River Rivalry between Big 12 foes, Oklahoma and Texas, played each year at a neutral site in the Cotton Bowl.
Both teams have aspirations to qualify for the NCAA Playoffs and play for a National Championship and the result of this game will most certainly be a factor in deciding if either program gets that chance.
Kickoff will be at 12 P.M. EST on Saturday, October 12. The current betting odds have the Sooners as 10.5-point favorite with a over/under of 75.5 points.
Oklahoma Sooners Form
Oklahoma extended its longest-active true road win streak to 22 games with last week’s 45-20 rout at Kansas as a 20-point favorite.
The Sooners have not lost a true road game in five years and the streak marks the second-longest winning streak in the country, post-World War II.
At 5-0, the high-flying Sooners are ranked No. 6 in the country. They are outscoring teams 53.4 to 19 with Alabama transfer QB Jalen Hurts leading an offense that is averaging 643.8 total yards per game, best in the nation.
Of course, the schedule hasn’t exactly been much of a true challenge for the Sooners. The five wins have come against Kansas, South Dakota State, Houston, Texas Tech and UCLA, none of which are ranked nationally.
Even still, Oklahoma is just 3-2 against the spread in its five games this season.
Texas Longhorns Form
Unlike the Sooners, Texas is already battled-tested this year, but enters today’s game with a 4-1 record. That doesn’t allow much wiggle room if it wants to play for a national championship.
The Longhorns have beat Louisiana Tech, Rice, Oklahoma State and West Virginia, with the lone loss coming at home to SEC stalwart LSU.
In that game, the Longhorns were a 6.5-point home dog and put up over 500 yards of total offense, but it wasn’t enough in an eventual 45-38 loss to the Tigers.
There’s certainly no shame in losing to LSU, however, as the Tigers are also undefeated at 5-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country.
The Longhorns are well balanced, averaging 41.6 points per game on offense with 176 rushing yards and 308 passing yards per game.
The defense has limited opposing foes to 26.6 points per game, but has given up 441.8 total yards per game, which is a concern has it heads into Saturday’s game against the powerful Sooners.
Texas vs Oklahoma Head-to-Head
This will be the 115th meeting between these two fierce rivals, with Texas leading the overall series, 62-47-5.
More recently, the Sooners have won seven of the last 10 meetings. Last year, the teams split two meetings, with Texas prevailing 48-45 as a seven-point underdog in the Red River Rivalry game.
Oklahoma gained revenge when it counted most and punched a ticket to the NCAA Playoffs by beating the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship Game, 39-27, as a 9.5-point favorite.
In that game, Texas was held to season-low 88 rushing yards.
Texas vs Oklahoma Picks
In the Red River Rivalry Game, Texas has been a profitable bet over Oklahoma, cashing tickets in the last six meetings, but the games have been hotly contested.
In fact, the last five games at the Cotton Bowl have been decided by seven points or less.
Meanwhile, this is exactly the role that Texas head coach Tom Herman thrives in as he enters the game with a 14-3 record against the spread when his team is listed as the underdog with 11 of those wins coming as an outright winner.
Texas also tends to step up against quality foes, going 12-6 against the spread against teams with a winning record over the last three seasons.
Put it all together and this line is simply too high, despite the fact that Texas is a bit banged up in the secondary.
We expect another close game here so we’ll take the generous points against an Oklahoma team that has not been tested yet this season.
Texas vs Oklahoma Picks: Texas +10.5 @ 5Dimes