The Red River Showdown, college football’s annual battle between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns, takes place on Saturday. The game happens at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, which means the rivalry is essentially a Texas home game. Will the Longhorns upset favored Oklahoma? Or will the Sooners take home the win in one of college football’s most intense rivalries?
Before we get the ball rolling, NitroBetting brings you a closer look at the Oklahoma vs. Texas game. In this preview, you get early access to the latest odds, betting trends, and expert betting predictions. On top of that, we share essential event information and player statistics that help you find the best picks. Be sure to check out for more sports betting odds and lines, exclusively at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Game Information
- When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 12:00 pm ET
- Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
- TV: ABC
- Radio: 107.7 FM (Oklahoma) / 104.9 FM (Texas)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- College Football Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats (-2.0) / Notre Dame Fighting Irish (+2.0)
Why Bet on the Oklahoma Sooners?
Like in most seasons, Oklahoma has a balanced offense. Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler averages 278.4 passing yards per game. Oklahoma rushes for 156.2 each contest. The Sooners average 38.4 per. Oklahoma’s balance should allow coach Lincoln Riley to switch up his strategy if something isn’t working.
If Texas keys on Rattler and the passing attack, Riley can turn to running back Kennedy Brooks. If the Horns send an eighth man into the box, Riley can spread it out and have Rattler dink and dunk all day.
Under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, Oklahoma’s defense has become one of the best units in the Big 12. The Sooners allow a paltry 19 points per game. The Sooners are terrific at stopping the rush. Opponents average a terrible 82.6 yards per on the ground. Oklahoma’s pass defense allows less than 242 yards on average.
Why Bet on the Texas Longhorns?
Former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has already developed one of the best offenses in the conference. Texas is unstoppable because Sark employs the run-pass-option, straight rushing plays, and spread formation plays. Quarterback Casey Thompson has thrown for 707 yards while completing 71.1% of his passes. Thompson has thrown 9 TDs to 3 picks.
The Horns average 268.8 rushing yards per. RB1 Bijan Robinson averages 6.2 yards per carry. Robinson has rushed for 652 and scored 7 rushing touchdowns in five games.
Texas allows an average of 24 points per game. The average would be lower if the Longhorns hadn’t allowed Arkansas to score 40 n the upset loss to the Razorbacks in NCAAF Week 2. The Horns are decent versus the pass, holding opponents to 224.4 yards per. Linebacker Ogie Oghoufo has a couple of sacks.
Defensive back John Thompson has provided Texas their lone takeaway and interception. Sarkisian knows his offense is better than his defense. So he tells his players to play bend but don’t break and try to hold opponents to field goals.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Betting Trends
- Oklahoma is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- Sooners are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in the State of Texas.
- Under is 4-1 in Oklahoma’s last 5 conference games.
- Texas is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Longhorns are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games as an underdog.
- Over is 5-2 in Texas’ last 7 games.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Expert Betting Predictions
If we base our picks on stats, it looks as if Oklahoma should cover. But if we think visually, Texas, by far, is the more impressive team. Oklahoma got lucky versus Tulane as a -31 chalk, Nebraska as a -22.5 favorite, and West Virginia as a -17.5 fave. The Sooners had to fight hard to win all three. Even versus Kansas State, Oklahoma struggled to grab the win. On Saturday, the Sooners face their biggest rival.
Oklahoma has won the last three head-to-head, but it required four overtimes to take the 2020 game. Not only is Texas due, but Grinch’s defense hasn’t faced a rushing attack close to the Longhorns’ level. Texas will play this in front of their fans. The Longhorns are a solid moneyline play.
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