(6) Oklahoma at (11) Texas
Time: 11 AM CST (Saturday), FOX
Spread: OK -10.5
Odds c/o 5dimes
The No. 6 ranked Oklahoma Sooners are 5-0 after knocking off Kansas 45-20 in Week 5. It stays on the road this week as it visits No. 11 Texas at 11 AM CST Saturday on FOX.
The Sooners are 10.5-point favorites over Texas.
Oklahoma has not really had a close call yet this season. It has held opponents to just 19 points per game while ranking No. 2 in the nation in scoring itself, hanging 53.4 points per game on opponents thus far. The Sooners strike one of the best balances offensively, and that is what makes it so tough for defenses to cover. The team ranks No. 5 in pass offense with 355.4 yards per game, and it is good for No. 4 in the nation with its rush (288.4 yards per game).
A lot, but certainly not all, of the credit, falls on the shoulders of quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has gone to be one of the most surprising graduate transfer successes ever. Hurts has 1,523 yards already at a 75.2 percent completion clip and he has 14 touchdown passes with just two interceptions. He has also been sacked just 0.8 times per game and lost just 32 yards on those four sacks. Not bad, and especially not bad considering how great Hurts is rushing in his own regard. He leads the team in rushing yardage (499) and rushing TDs (7).
Trey Sermon and Rhamondre Stevenson have been good as the top two running backs, as well, with 7.7 and 10.7 yards-per-carry averages, respectively.
Sermon has scored four TDs rushing and Stevenson has added another five. Oklahoma has 18 rushing touchdowns on the season.
But what of the passing attack? CeeDee Lamb has 439 yards on just 18 catches (24.4 yards per) and seven receiving touchdowns (which leads the team). Charleston Rambo is the No. 2 option at wide receiver with 383 yards on 14 catches and four touchdowns. The Sooners average an incredible 17.3 yards-per-completion with 17 receiving touchdowns on the season. 11 players have caught for 50-yards or better on the season, too.
Texas is 4-1 after three-straight wins following its Week 2 loss to LSU. It defeated West Virginia 42-31 last week and knocked of Oklahoma State 36-30 in Week 4. This week the Longhorns face just its second AP Ranked opponent. It near defeated a No. 6 LSU team in Week 2, losing by just a touchdown.
Texas’ offense has been sensational, on the strength of a No. 17 ranked pass attack that averages 308 yards per game. The rushing has been fair, with 175.6 yards ranking the Longhorns No. 51 in that regard. It adds up to an elite offense though, as Texas ranks No. 13 in scoring at 41.8 points per game. Its defense has been solid, though not sensational, in holding opponents to 26.6 points per game. Even so, any coach would take a +15.2 point differential at this early juncture of the season, even.
Texas’ starting QB Sam Ehlinger has been amazing with his 69.4 percent completions and 17 touchdowns (with just two interceptions). Ehlinger’s top target is Devin Duvernay, who has caught 45 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns. He has nearly three times as many receptions as the second-most on the team, and Brennan Eagles and Jake Smith have each caught 11 and 16, respectively, while both have four TDs to their credit, as well. Texas has scored 10 rushing touchdowns but has 17 via the pass, and it averages 11.9 yards-per-attempt.
Ehlinger and company will put the pressure on the Sooners’ secondary, but Oklahoma is a strong defensive team. This game should be an exciting one as two top-15 offenses clash with strong enough defenses that both teams will have to work for it. The over/under is yet to be released as this preview drops early on a Monday.