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The Red River Rivalry is here in Week 6 of the College Football season as the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners play at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas at AT&T Stadium.
This is one of the more highly-anticipated matchups this season.
Below, we’ll cover this game in more detail and add our best college football bets for Week 6.
Before these teams head off to the SEC next season, they have one final matchup in the Big 12. The Longhorns are the No. 3 team in the country. At the same time, Oklahoma is No. 12. Both Quinn Ewers and Dillon Gabriel are in the Heisman conversation, too, as both teams have potent offenses and stout defenses.
This season, the Longhorns have had some great wins over the Alabama Crimson Tide, a 38-6 beatdown on the road against Baylor, and a 40-14 home win against the Jadon Daniels-less Kansas Jayhawks. They beat Wyoming at home, too, but it was a slow start.
The Sooners have 5-0 ATS and played teams like Arkansas State, SMU, Tulsa, Cincinnati, and Iowa State. Against SMU, they were trailing a good portion of the game but pulled ahead to win 28-11 and beat Cincinnati on the road by a margin of just 20-6.
Between the two teams, the Sooners score more points, but we’d argue that the competition was slightly easier, and they’ve had some blunders against SMU and Cincinnati despite covering the spread.
Their most recent game was at home against Iowa State, and they easily won 50-20.
The Sooners will have their hands full against Ewers and his cast of receivers, which include A.D. Mitchell, Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington, and tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders. He also has running back Jonathon Brooks, who’s coming off a 200+ yard performance last week.
That said, the Longhorns secondary will have the task of contending with Gabriel and his receivers—Andrel Anthony, Drake Stoops, and Jalil Farooq. Out of the backfield, the Sooners have Marcus Major.
It’ll be intriguing to see how this Sooners defense opposes this receiving group and how Gabriel deals with the pressure from the Longhorns' defensive front, led by Byron Murphy II.
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While the Sooners' offensive line may have some trouble against Murphy, the rest of the defensive front is about on par with the Sooners' offensive line.
Gabriel has played well this season, passing for 1,589 yards, 15 touchdowns, and two interceptions. He’s also completing 74.5% of his passes. He does have six turnover-worthy plays, though, which will be something to watch.
We think this is a fairly close game, whether these defenses strap down on one another or the offenses keep up with each other.
The Sooners getting 6.5 points is good value and be prepared for it to become seven, too.
While both offenses have the firepower to score here, the defenses should also be able to do enough against one another to stop it from being a 40+ point performance from each team.
Both quarterbacks are in the Heisman conversation, and while we think the Longhorns offense is better overall, Gabriel has weapons at his disposal, too, against a Longhorns defense that has some pass-rushing capabilities and is strong in the run game, but Gabriel should be able to pass the ball well enough here.
The Longhorns won a close one of 28-24.
With how close we expect this game to be, we think throwing a small wager on overtime is a solid bet at +1100. Going to overtime could offset the underwager, but these two teams are so close to offensive and defensive metrics that it wouldn’t be surprising to see a tie game at the end of regulation.
This is more a value play than what we think could happen.
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*Statistics courtesy of Pro Football Focus.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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