The football teams for the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas will meet for the 115th time on Saturday, as the Red River Showdown takes place once again. During the regular season, these two teams meet at the original Cotton Bowl, on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas, and they play for the Golden Hat.
Texas won when these two teams met in the regular season in 2018, but then Oklahoma won a rematch in the Big 12 Championship by the score of 39-27. Odd things tend to happen in this rivalry, and 2019 might not be any different. We have your sports betting preview for one of the most storied matchups in all of college football.
Oklahoma vs Texas 2019 College Football Week 7 Odds & Preview
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 8, 2019
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:00 pm ET
Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Radio: Sooner Sports Radio Network / Longhorn IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
College Football Week 7 Odds: Oklahoma -10.5 / O/U 75
Why should you bet on the Sooners?
Oklahoma heads into Saturday with a 5-0 record after routing Kansas, 45-20. Les Miles’ new team hung around with the Sooners early, but then Oklahoma pulled away as Jalen Hurts threw for 228 yards and two scores — and ran for 56 yards and two more scores, adding to his Heisman Trophy resume. He has 1,523 passing yards, 14 touchdown passes and two interceptions on the season, along with 499 rushing yards and seven more touchdowns on the season.
The Sooners have covered in three of their last four games against a team with a winning record. If you like Oklahoma, you see Hurts taking over this game like he has on so many other occasions for the Sooners this year. He had to sit on the bench for a year and watch Tua Tagovailoa take his spot at Alabama, and now he is coming back into his own as an elite system under Lincoln Riley’s offense.
Why should you put your money on the Longhorns?
Texas has upset Oklahoma quite a few times in seasons when the Sooners held the higher ranking. In 2015, for example, Texas was unranked while Oklahoma was ranked #10, and the Longhorns won 24-17. Two years before that, the Sooners were ranked #12 and Texas was unranked but still won by 16. Even when Oklahoma has won as a favorite, the games tend to be close, as in 2016, when #20 Oklahoma beat unranked Texas by five, and in 2017, when #12 Oklahoma beat unranked Texas by five again.
This year, the Sooners are ranked fifth and the Longhorns are ranked #14. Oklahoma has won the last three times both teams were ranked, from 2010-12, when the Sooners won by eight points, 38 points and 42 points respectively. This Longhorn team is not a cupcake, though; quarterback Sam Ehlinger has thrown for 1,448 yards, 17 scores and a pair of picks, and Texas scores 41.8 points per game. Last week, the Longhorns won at West Virginia, 42-31, turning three turnovers into scores. If you like Texas, you like how the rivalry tends to play close, and the underdog, at least in recent years, has tended to cover.
Final Score Prediction
I’ve been very impressed by the way Jalen Hurts has fit so smoothly into Lincoln Riley’s system at Oklahoma. Given how well it worked for Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray before him, though, I suppose that I should not be surprised. The problems for Oklahoma tend to come on defense; given that Kansas was able to put points on the board early, Texas should be able to move the ball as well. Texas’ defense also seems to have issues: even with three takeaways against West Virginia, the Longhorns still permitted 31 points.
This installment of the Red River Showdown looks like a track meet in the making. I would definitely take the over, and I also see the game coming down to the last possession — which means a Longhorn cover. My final score prediction is Oklahoma 44, Texas 41.