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The Oklahoma Sooners will take a second crack at earning an ATS victory as a heavy favorite against the Texas Longhorns as part of the college football betting matchup in Saturday’s Red River Showdown.
The Sooners are listed as 17-point favorites against the long-time rival Longhorns at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Oklahoma opened as a 13.5-point favorite. In their 2014 matchup at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the Sooners failed to win ATS after entering at -16.5 points and prevailing by five points, 31-26.
Oklahoma is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS this season while averaging 42.5 points per game with QB Baker Mayfield, a former walk-on, contributing a 65 percent completion percentage in their new Air Raid offense. Sophomore RB Samaje Perine is not being as overworked as he was in 2014, but can wear down defenses.
The Longhorns are 1-4 SU and 1-4 ATS, but all four defeats came against Top 25 teams. That includes a 50-7 humbling against Texas Christian last week, as the young Longhorns defense was mashed by a seasoned TCU offensive line.
Oklahoma is younger up front, which might work somewhat to Texas’ favor. Offensive, dual-threat redshirt-freshman QB Jerrod Heard is emerging as a sparkplug, although he will be facing pressure from Sooners senior defensive ends Eric Striker and Charles Tapper.
Texas will need a strong start in order to believe it can keep up with the more talented Sooners.
The 2014 result was far from the first time in the history of the OU-Texas series that a two-TD underdog prevailed ATS.
The total for Saturday’s Oklahoma vs. Texas betting matchup is set at 60.5 points at the sportsbooks. The total has gone OVER in four of the teams’ past five meetings. The total has also gone OVER in 12 of the Sooners’ last 18 games.
The OddsShark Computer projects a 38.5-19.5 Sooners victory.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Betting Pick: Oklahoma SU & ATS