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Texas Has Been The Better Bet In Red River Rivalry

The rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners is one of the most passionate – and unpredictable – in all of college football. Though the two programs have alternated wins and losses over the past four years, Texas has been the bet to make, covering in each of those showdowns.

Shark Bites
  • Oklahoma is 24-2 SU in its last 26 games after losing as a favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas’s last 12 games.
  • Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has accumulated 601 yards and 4 TDs in 2 starts vs Texas.

Last year’s Red River Rivalry was a frantic shootout that Oklahoma ultimately won 45-40. Aside from combining for 85 points, Oklahoma and Texas accounted for 1,097 yards and 51 first downs.

The Sooners are coming off an embarrassing 38-31 loss to Iowa State last week, snapping their 14-game winning streak. Oklahoma held a 14-point lead at home only to allow a backup quarterback with two collegiate passes to his name to go off and shred a reeling Sooners defense. If there is one positive to take out of that loss, it’s Baker Mayfield’s performance. The Heisman contender threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns with no picks while adding another score with his feet.

After an up-and-down non-conference schedule, Texas has gone 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2012. Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger cemented himself as the starter in Austin last week, as he compiled 487 yards and two touchdowns in a double-overtime victory. His ability to run the ball gave an added dimension to the Texas offense, which struggled to get anything going via the rush. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Oklahoma Sooners as 9.5-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time. Check BetOnline for the latest on the OVER/UNDER.

Earlier, OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 49-31 victory for the Sooners. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Texas Longhorns will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Saturday, as they are 4-1 versus the spread this season, while the Oklahoma Sooners are 3-2 ATS. Texas is 2-3 against the OVER/UNDER total, while Oklahoma is 3-1-1 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma vs Texas injuries news.

The Oklahoma Sooners sit at No. 7 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Texas Longhorns are at No. 48 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Oklahoma Sooners' No. 6-ranked offense (44.6 PPG) against a Texas Longhorns defense that ranks No. 50 at 23.8 PPG. The Oklahoma Sooners passing attack has averaged 384.4 yards per game, more than the Texas Longhorns give up through the air (249 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Texas Longhorns own the league's No. 3-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 40.5 yards per game when on the road. Oklahoma, on the other hand, rates No. 58 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Sam Ehlinger led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 380 yards Saturday as the Longhorns downed the Wildcats 40-34 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Baker Mayfield's 306-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Iowa State earned a 38-31 win over Oklahoma on Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas's last 12 games
  • Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma
  • Texas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Oklahoma is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
  • Oklahoma is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas
  • Oklahoma is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas

Next Betting Matchups

Texas home to Oklahoma State, Saturday, October 21
Oklahoma at Kansas State, Saturday, October 21