For the one-hundred and tenth time, Oklahoma will battle Texas in the Red River Showdown. Also called the Red River Rivalry or Red River Shootout, the battle between Oklahoma and the University of Texas will take place at the Cotton Bowl this Saturday.
Many years in the past, the game has had meaning to both Texas and Oklahoma. This year’s game only appears to have meaning to Oklahoma who is undefeated and wants to be taken seriously as a team to watch out for in the Big 12. Texas’ coach Charlie Strong would really calm some nerves if Texas were to upset Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. Does Strong have enough at Texas to get past the Sooners?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners Vs Texas Longhorns College Football Week 6 Spread
What: No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) at Texas Longhorns (1-4)
When: Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Dallas, TX
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Weather: 87° F | Partly Cloud
Spread: Oklahoma -16.5
Moneyline: Oklahoma -800 vs Texas +550
Game Total: 61.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Oklahoma vs Texas
Why Bet On #10 Oklahoma (-17) to Beat Texas
Oklahoma’s offense will be too much for Texas’ defense.
Oklahoma has been one of the most impressive teams this season. The Sooners appeared to be one-dimensional on offense before the season started. RB Samaje Perine was supposed to be the go-to-guy at Oklahoma.
Although Perine is still someone that Oklahoma counts on offensively, the team is run by QB Blake Mayfield who has become a dark horse to win the Heisman Trophy this season. Mayfield leads an offense that averages 521.8 yards per game. He’s been brilliant in 2015 when throwing for 1382 yards, tossing 13 touchdown passes, and throwing only 2 picks. His completion percentage is 65.2.
The bad news for Texas is that based on the play of their defense, they don’t have much hope of stopping Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense this Saturday. Texas is allowing 507.2 yards per game. Texas’ opponents average 38.3 points per matchup. This is the best offense that Texas has faced all season long. It’s not looking good for the Longhorns.
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Why Bet On Texas to Beat #10 Oklahoma (-17)
QB Jerrod Heard could come up big in this rivalry game.
Texas’ lone shining star so far during this season has been QB Jerrod Heard. The freshman has shown flashes of brilliance. He almost led Texas back against ranked California three games ago. In that matchup, Heard passed for 364 yards. He rushed for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Heard also had the Longhorns knocking on a win versus ranked Oklahoma State two games ago. In that matchup, Heard passed for 119 yards. He only rushed for 48 yards but he managed the Longhorns very well. He threw only a single pick.
But as good as Heard can be, he can also be dreadful. TCU held Heard to 48 yards passing in an 8 out of 20 performance. Heard only rushed for 23 yards from 12 carries against TCU. The Horned Frogs beat Texas 50 to 7.
Even if Heard bounces back with a great game on Saturday, it doesn’t appear that Texas has any shot of keeping this close. Oklahoma should easily beat Texas. My final score prediction is Oklahoma 56, Texas 17.