Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX

When: Saturday, October 12th at 12pm EST

How (TV): FOX

Oklahoma Sooners (Away)

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley {All-Time: 29-4 | OKLA}

Regular Season Record: 5-0

After putting up video game type numbers in their first five games, the Oklahoma Sooners get to face their first ranked opponent in 2019, who happens to be their hated rival, Texas. Although the Sooners’ Power Five opponents have been middling-to-bad teams in UCLA, Texas Tech, and Kansas, coach Riley’s squad has done what is expected of them thus far, with quarterback Jalen Hurts putting himself in the Heisman conversation with ridiculous stats.

In their most recent game against Kansas last week, Oklahoma was tied with the Jayhawks at 7 apiece after one quarter before blowing the game wide open in a 45-20 win. Hurts tossed two touchdown passes and ran for an additional two scores as part of an offensive attack that put up 545 yards on the Jayhawks.

After having one of the worst defenses in the country last year, ranking 101st in points allowed, the Sooners have improved to 26th at 19 points per game, while allowing less than 200 passing yards per game. How this unit responds to a dual threat quarterback in Sam Ehlinger will be a big key to success against Texas.

Texas Longhorns (Home)

Head Coach: Tom Herman {All-Time: 43-15 | HOU, TEX}

Regular Season Record: 4-1

Unlike the Sooners, the Texas Longhorns have tested themselves early this season, taking on LSU in a losing effort while also beating an underrated Oklahoma State team two weeks ago. Coach Herman is likely to use the LSU loss as fuel for his players to prove they are capable of hanging with college football’s elite programs, and to provide learning opportunities to prevent them from making the same mistakes against such a formidable opponent.

The Longhorns head into this game coming off a 42-31 road win over West Virginia last weekend, which was kept close due to 10 penalties committed by Texas. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger had four total touchdowns, splitting them between the air and the ground, while freshman running back Roschon Johnson had his first career 100 yard rushing game in relief of Keaontay Ingram.

A handful of underclassmen on defense made life difficult for Mountaineers quarterback Austin Kendall, as sophomores D’Shawn Jamison and B.J. Foster, along with freshman Ayodele Adeoye combined for four interceptions, with Jamison contributing half of those picks. Kendall’s 367 passing yards for three touchdowns should be cause for concern, however, as Lincoln Riley’s offense should be more explosive than West Virginia’s.

Oklahoma vs Texas All-Time Series

In 104 total meetings between these arch-rivals, the Longhorns hold a 55-44-5 lead over the Sooners, although Oklahoma has won seven of the last ten matchups. Last year’s shootout was the highest scoring game ever between the two schools, with Texas emerging victorious 48-45 behind a game winning field goal from Cameron Dicker.

Oklahoma would get revenge against the Longhorns later that season, with Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray leading his Sooners to a 39-27 win in the Big 12 title game, the first such meeting between OU and Texas.

Oklahoma Roster Notes

Redshirt sophomore running back Kennedy Brooks is listed as questionable with a knee injury which kept him out against Kansas last week.

Redshirt freshman defensive back Miguel Edwards entered the transfer portal on October 2nd and will not return to the team.

Sophomore kicker Calum Sutherland is suspended indefinitely due to an off-field incident. Redshirt freshman Gabe Brkic is expected to take over placekicking duties.

Texas Roster Notes

Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram is listed as probable with a stinger suffered against West Virginia.

Sophomore safety DeMarvion Overshown is listed as questionable with a neck injury that held him out against West Virginia.

Senior receiver Collin Johnson has been upgraded to probable with a hamstring injury that has held him out the last three games, although he was available against West Virginia as an emergency option.

Redshirt junior safety Chris Brown is listed as questionable with a thigh injury.

Sophomore cornerback B.J. Foster has been upgraded to probable after suffering a stinger against West Virginia.

Freshman receiver Al’Vonte Woodward is listed as questionable as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Freshman running back Jordan Whittington has been downgraded to doubtful as he recovers from a sports hernia injury.

Head-to-Head: CeeDee Lamb (OKLA) vs Brandon Jones (TEX)

Although both sides have a handful of players who are capable of playing on Sundays, the matchup to look out for will be in the passing game. Oklahoma’s top receiver CeeDee Lamb should get plenty of targets from Hurts, but should expect Texas’ Brandon Jones looming in coverage.

CeeDee Lamb

Wide Receiver | 6-2, 191lb | John and Randolph Foster HS | Richmond, TX | Junior

A dynamic playmaker from the moment he arrived in Norman, CeeDee Lamb has been a key piece to Riley’s offense with two number one picks throwing to him in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Lamb has the size that NFL scouts look for, while also possessing reliable hands that allow him to reel in throws that may not always be on the mark. His strength also allows him to win 50-50 balls on deep throws, while also helping him fight for yards after the catch, which helps make up for his lack of top tier speed.

Brandon Jones

Safety/Nickelback | 6-0, 205lb | Nacogdoches HS | Nacogdoches, TX | Senior

Like Lamb, Brandon Jones hit the ground running when he set foot on campus and played every game as a freshman in 2016. Jones would go on to be an everyday starter from that point, making him the most experienced player in Texas’ secondary. Although his ball skills leave a lot to be desired with just one career interception, Jones possesses the athleticism and hard hitting ability to make his presence known to opponents as well as NFL scouts.

Oklahoma vs Texas – Odds

Find the latest odds for Oklahoma vs Texas below. The odds are provided by New Jersey sportsbooks 888Sport NJ, DraftKings, and Unibet NJ.

Money Line

Sportsbook Oklahoma Texas
888Sport NJ -400 +280
DraftKings -375 +285
Unibet NJ -400 +280

Point Spread

Sportsbook Oklahoma -10.5 Texas +10.5
888Sport NJ -114 -114
DraftKings -110 -110
Unibet NJ -114 -114

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