The #6 overall Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) head to Austin this weekend for a massive BIG 12 battle against the #11 overall Texas Longhorns (4-1). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, October 12th at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 7 college football odds, Texas opened as a 9.5-point home underdog earlier this week. That spread has increased by a full point after early betting, as the Longhorns are currently listed at +10.5. The total for the game is sitting at 75.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Texas vs Oklahoma
Oklahoma has still yet to lose a game this season, improving to 5-0 overall last weekend after an impressive 45-20 win on the road against Kansas. The Sooners held a 21-7 lead at halftime and never looked back, scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a double-digit victory. QB Jalen Hurts went 16/24 for 228 yards and two touchdowns through the air while also adding ten carries for 56 yards and two scores on the ground. RB Rhamondre Stevenson also had a big outing, finding the end zone once and racking up 109 rushing yards on just five running attempts. Brayden Willis led the way through the air, making two receptions for only 38 yards. As a whole, Oklahoma generated over 500 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns in the lopsided victory.
The Sooners defense had a fairly decent outing overall in Week 6, holding Kansas to just over 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. However, Oklahoma did allow Jayhawks QB Carter Stanley to throw three touchdowns despite giving up just 230 passing yards.
Texas won their third straight game last weekend, beating West Virginia 42-31 on the road to improve to 4-1 on the season overall. The Longhorns were up by a touchdown at the half and really poured it on in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns. QB Sam Ehlinger certainly wasn’t at his best, going just 18/33 for 211 yards and two touchdowns while also getting picked off once. However, he did find the end zone twice on the ground and add 45 rushing yards on nine carries. RB Roschon Johnson was a beast out of the backfield, scampering for 121 rushing yards on a team-high 21 carries. Overall, Texas gained just under 450 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns in the victory.
The Longhorns certainly weren’t at their best defensively against West Virginia, allowing the Mountaineers offense to score four touchdowns and gain well over 450 yards. However, despite giving up three scores through the air, Texas did record a season-high four interceptions in a single game.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 75.5
This is shaping up to be one of the best overall matchups on the entire schedule here in Week 7, as both of these high-flying offenses should be able to do plenty of damage in a pivotal BIG 12 showdown. While I would probably lean slightly more towards laying the points and taking Oklahoma on the road, Texas has been extremely impressive at home this year and has yet to lose a game by more than a touchdown. In fact, their only loss of the season came in a very high scoring battle against #5 overall LSU back in Week 2. I really think that there isn’t a ton of value with either side here against the spread, as the current number looks pretty spot on to me. However, I am certainly drawn to the OVER on 75.5 total points scored, as this game has perfect shootout potential and should remain relatively close throughout.
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Texas and LSU combined for 83 total points in their offense-first meeting at the start of the year, while Oklahoma and Houston combined for 80 points back in Week 1. The Sooners have also scored at last 45 points in every game they have played through Week 6 of the season, while Texas has posted at least 36 points per game over that same time span. If both of these AP Top-25 teams can even get close to those impressive offensive averages in this particular spot, there should be around 80 total points scored on Saturday afternoon. I’m going to avoid guessing against a pretty efficient-looking spread in favor of the OVER on 75.5 total points in what should be a spectacular offensive showcase between these two BIG 12 rivals.