Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners College Football Betting Preview
Some of the luster has been taken out of the 2020 Red River Shootout, with 25% capacity, a reduced Texas State Fair, and both teams coming off a loss for the first time since 2014. In fact, Oklahoma (1-2) isn’t even ranked this week, while Texas (2-1) plummeted 13 spots to No. 22 in this week’s AP Poll.
Kickoff in this rivalry game is set for Noon ET on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and will be televised on FOX.
These rivals have met 115 times, with Texas leading the series 62-48-5. Oklahoma has won the last two games, including the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game. The most recent Texas win came in October 2018, and Oklahoma has won seven of the last 10.
Texas Longhorns Betting Preview: Keep Scoring
The Longhorns are coming off a loss to TCU after a come-from-behind win over Texas Tech. Texas leads the nation in scoring this season at 51.0 points per game and ranks 48th in scoring defense at 30.7 points per game. On the season, the Longhorns average 191.3 rushing yards per game and 326.3 passing yards per game while allowing 128.3 rushing and 248.7 passing.
Quarterback Sam Ehlinger has completed 63% of his passes for 924 yards on the season while throwing 14 touchdown passes to just two interceptions. He is also third on the team in rushing with 130 yards and one touchdown.
Last year, he had just 210 yards against the Sooners with no touchdowns, and he was sacked nine times.
In the backfield, Keaontay Ingram has 173 yards rushing and 72 receiving, while Roschon Johnson has two touchdowns to go with 145 rushing yards. Johnson led the Longhorns against Oklahoma last year with 95 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Joshua Moore leads the team in receptions (11), receiving yards (200) and touchdowns (four). Brendan Schooler has 10 catches for 123 yards, while Brennan Eagles has five catches for 111 yards and three scores.
Oklahoma Sooners Betting Preview: Finish the Game
The Sooners lost for the second Saturday in a row when they fell at Iowa State, and they are now 0-2 in Big 12 play. Lincoln Riley’s squad is 19th in the nation in scoring at 37.7 points per game and 30th on defense, allowing 25.0 points per game.
Costly interceptions have done them in the last two weeks, but the Sooners average 390.3 passing yards per game and 122.7 rushing yards per game.
Freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler has completed 73% of his passes this season for 977 yards and has 10 touchdowns in three games. However, he also has four interceptions.
Last year, quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 235 yards and three scores against Texas while rushing for 131 yards and one score.
Running back Seth McGowan has 181 rushing yards on 34 carries while scoring two touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 79 yards and a score. Last year, the Sooners gashed Texas for 276 rushing yards on 36 carries.
Wide receiver Charleston Rambo leads the Sooners with 13 catches for 171 yards and two scores. Running back Austin Stogner (11 catches, 174 yards), wide receiver Marvin Mims (11 catches, 144 yards, three TDs), wide receiver Theo Howard (seven catches, 102 yards) and wide receiver Drake Stoops (four catches, 102 yards, one TD) are also over 100 yards receiving.
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners Betting Lines
● Texas Spread: +2.5 (-110); Texas Moneyline: +125
● Oklahoma Spread: -2.5 (-110); Oklahoma Moneyline: -145
● Total: 70 points (Over -110, Under -110)
Both teams are 1-2 against the spread this season, while the over is 3-0 in Texas games and 2-1 in Oklahoma games. Neither team has played well on the season, but Texas has looked better. The Longhorns were able to close the game against Texas Tech and nearly finished off TCU.
Texas has the more experienced quarterback and is in a great position to send its rival to 0-3 in conference play.
Free Pick: Texas to win (+125)