College Football Week 7 Predictions: Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners
No. 15 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, 10/13/12, 12:00 PM EST, TV: ABC
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma -3.5
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma -3
Opening Total: 61
Current Total: 61
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Texas is set to meet Oklahoma for the 107th installment of the Red River Rivalry, as it looks to bounce back from a 48-45 setback to the West Virginia Mountaineers as 7.5-point home favorites. The Longhorns also enter this particular contest with double revenge in this series, including a 55-17 loss as 11-point underdogs last year. “I think in my estimation we could see a conference champion with one or maybe two losses this year,” stated Longhorns head coach Mack Brown. Texas is 6-10 ATS when playing a team with a winning record the last two-plus seasons.
The Longhorns hold a 59-42-5 series lead against the Sooners, including wins in four of the last seven meetings. Texas is the only Big 12 Conference team that holds a winning record against Oklahoma. It’s important to note that the program is 5-16-2 when it’s the lower-rated team when the two teams meet. Quarterback David Ash has been the focal point offensively for a unit that ranks sixth nationally in averaging 46.8 points per game.
Oklahoma has tallied an 8-5 record in this game under the direction of head coach Bob Stoops, as it looks to build on last week’s 41-20 win as four-point road favorites over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. For the first time since 2007, and the second time since 1997, both teams already have a conference loss. “It doesn’t have any different feel,” stated Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. In the 13 games with Stoops on the sideline, the program has outscored Texas by an average margin of 36.3 to 23.7 points per game. Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS as a neutral-site favorite the last two-plus years.
The Sooners have a capable quarterback of their own, as Landry Jones has compiled a 32-9 record as a starter, as he looks to set the school record for wins with a victory in this high-profile affair. Oklahoma has shown extreme balance in the early going this year, ranking 36th nationally in rushing yards and 37th in passing yards. On the other side of the football, the defensive unit tallied three interceptions last week after having just one entering the game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Longhorns due to their 10-5 ATS mark off an upset loss as a favorite, while the Sooners are just 10-10 ATS against conference opponents.
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