Oklahoma vs. Texas Odds: Sooners Open As 3.5-Point Road Faves Over Longhorns
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
TV Broadcast: ABC
Oklahoma Sooners Record: 5-0, 2-0 Big 12
Texas Longhorns Record: 4-1, 2-0 Big 12
Oklahoma vs. Texas Preview
No.6 Oklahoma is riding a five-game winning streak into Week 6 of the college football season, and they’ll be keen to keep that momentum going at the expense of No.21 Texas when the pair collides in a Big 12 tilt Saturday on neutral ground at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Books went to press with Oklahoma -3.5 Saturday, and the NCAA football line has held its ground since across multiple market operators. Some shops have juiced down the -3.5 line to -105, suggesting the point spread could move towards Texas later in the week. The total opened on 63 points.
Oklahoma Sooners Odds & Overview
The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off a 37-31 win over the Kansas State, marking their second straight Big 12 win after edging West Virginia 16-13 the week prior. With this latest win, Oklahoma improved to a 5-0 record and a 2-0 record in conference play. However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Sooners as they’ve faced stiff opposition in all but one of their five contests.
This is exemplified in Oklahoma’s record against the spread (ATS). Oklahoma is merely 1-4-0 ATS on the season with a -7.7 differential versus the spread. The Sooners’ only cover came as the whopping 52.5-point home chalk in a 76-0 win over W Carolina.
Recently the Sooners failed to come through for their backers as the 12-point road favorites over Kansas State. West Virginia surprised the Sooners too a week earlier. The Mountaineers made a fist of it and kept the game closer than the 17-point spread suggested it would be in a 16-13 decision.
Quarterback Spencer Rattler hasn’t had the best of starts to his 2021 campaign, even though his side is undefeated. Oklahoma’s record is largely down to a solid defense. Rattler’s struggles are somewhat surprising given all the Heisman Trophy buzz that preceded him. Then again, those very same high expectations could have rattled him a bit.
Texas Longhorn Odds & Overview
The Texas Longhorns take a 4-1 record that includes a 2-0 record in conference play into this pivotal Week 6 showdown. Most importantly, the Longhorns are a solid 4-1-0 ATS on the season, which includes a 19.8 winning margin on average and a +9.2 differential versus the spread.
The Longhorns are flush off a 32-27 win over TX Christian, coming through as the 3.5-point road chalk at the expense of the Horned Frogs. The victory epitomized Longhorns’ brand of gridiron that is gritty, hard-nosed, and no-nonsense football.
In particular, running back Bijan Robinson stole the headlines with a banner outing, scampering for a career-high 216 yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns. It was Robinson’s graft throughout the game that kept the offensive chains moving. He came up big for the Longhorns when he converted a pivotal third-and-six with just under three minutes to go. He then had another first down run on the next play to seal the deal for Texas.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Odds
Books opened this game with the Oklahoma Sooners tipped to the advantage at -3.5, and the line has held for the most part since Saturday. However, consensus betting reports show an early lean towards Texas, with almost 65 percent of the betting going towards the Longhorns as the 3.5-point underdogs for this Big 12 matchup. This betting trend could very well move the line down in the next few days to Texas +3.
By contrast, the total has ticked up by half a point since Saturday. This move is likely down to bettors backing the over for their early college football picks.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Betting Preview
On paper, Oklahoma has an undefeated record that can’t be overlooked. However, that hasn’t been put to the test by a ranked opponent. By contrast, Texas has a loss on the season but a win over a ranked opponent. That should send the Longhorns into this game with a measure of confidence.
Spencer Rattler needs a breakout game, but whether that happens against Texas is up in the air. Since Casey Thompson took over the offense, the Longhorns have been more consistent. How these two quarterbacks match up, therefore, could be deciding. As well, the defense will play a significant part in the outcome of this contest. Both programs have shown grit and determination on that side of the ball. However, the balance of the scale might tip towards the Texans on that score right now.
Thus, as the Oklahoma vs. Texas odds suggest this game is a complete tossup for NCAA football picks. The Sooners should win, but the Longhorns could win. It wouldn’t be surprising if the game is as close as the odds suggest in the end, with the Sooners winning and the Longhorns covering as the 3.5-point underdogs.