Oklahoma at Texas: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Texas Longhorns (4-1) vs Oklahoma Sooners (5-0)
Game Info: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Cotton Bowl)
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The 6th ranked Oklahoma Sooners and 21st ranked Texas Longhorns will face off in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 6th ranked Oklahoma Sooners improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 37-31, this past Saturday. Oklahoma struggled a bit defensively against the Wildcats passing attack, however, the Sooners were able to hang on late for the victory after taking a 27-10 lead midway through the 3rd quarter on a 14-yard TD reception by Michael Woods II. Oklahoma was outgained by Kansas State by a 420-392 margin and forced 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Sooners was QB Spencer Rattler who completed 22 of 25 passes for 243 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 38.4 ppg on 433.4 total yards per game (278.4 passing yds/g; 155.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Spencer Rattler who has completed 76.3% of his passes for 1260 yards, 10 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for the Sooners have been Marvin Mims (14 rec, 264 yards), Michael Woods II (20 rec, 187 yards, 2 TD), Mario Williams (20 rec, 178 yards, 2 TD), & Jadon Haselwood (18 rec, 166 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Sooners backfield has been the duo of Kennedy Brooks (54 att, 318 yards, 4 TD) & Eric Gray (48 att, 245 yards).
Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 19.0 ppg on 325.0 total yards per game (241.4 passing yds/g; 83.6 rushing yds/g).
The 21st ranked Texas Longhorns won their 3rd straight game and improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 32-27, this past Saturday. Texas led by a 23-17 margin at halftime and was able to hold off the Horned Frogs after a 32-yard TD reception by Jordan Whittington gave Texas a 32-20 lead early in the 4th quarter. Texas outgained TCU by a 414-351 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Longhorns was RB Bijan Robinson who had 216 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 35 carries.
On the season, Texas is averaging 43.8 ppg on 472.8 total yards per game (204.2 passing yds/g; 268.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Texas has been led by RB Bijan Robinson who has 652 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 105 carries while also hauling in 10 receptions for 167 yards & 2 TD’s. QB Casey Thompson has completed 71.1% of his passes for 707 yards, 9 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Longhorns have been Jordan Whittington (21 rec, 324 yards, 3 TD), Xavier Worthy (15 rec, 253 yards, 4 TD), & Joshua Moore (10 rec, 76 yards).
Defensively, Texas is allowing their opponents to average 24.0 ppg on 394.4 total yards per game (224.4 passing yds/g; 170.0 rushing yds/g).
The Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Longhorns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games as an underdog.
The Red River Showdown is one of the best rivalries in all of College Football and I’m expecting another tightly contested game this season. Oklahoma is very talented, however, I haven’t been overly impressed by what I’ve seen by the Sooners as of late, as their last 3 victories have each come by less than a TD and we’ve seen Spencer Rattler and the offense struggle at time. Texas has the athletic ability to keep up with the Sooners on both sides of the field and as I think Casey Thompson & Bijan Robinson is going to put up plenty of points against the Sooners defense, I think the play here is to take Texas and the points.