Oklahoma at Texas Prediction - College Football Picks 10/7/23
Texas Longhorns (5-0) vs Oklahoma Sooners (5-0)
Game Info: Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Cotton Bowl)
Betting Odds: Texas Longhorns -3.5 -- Over/Under: 68.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Texas State Fair is in town, and that means the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns are set to meet in Dallas for this year’s Red River Showdown this weekend from the Cotton Bowl on ABC. Texas and Oklahoma have faced off in every season since 1900, putting together one of the most storied rivalries of all-time. Texas leads the all-time series, 63-50-5, after snapping a four-game skid to OU with an authoritative 49-0 victory last season.
Oklahoma Sooners Preview
Oklahoma comes in at 5-0 after defeating Iowa State in Norman by thirty, 50-20. The Sooners comfortably took down the Cyclones at home, and they’ll now look to pass their toughest test yet here against the Longhorns. The OU offense is scoring 47.4 ppg, while passing for 352.4 ypg, rushing for 157.6 ypg, and converting 54.4% of their third downs.
Oklahoma Player Notes
• Dillon Gabriel had a big game against ISU, passing for 366 yards, with five total touchdowns (3 pass, 2 rush). The senior quarterback enters this game with a lot of momentum, and after missing last year’s Red River matchup, he’ll look to leave his mark and a stain on the Longhorns’ record.
• Veteran back Marcus Major has surpassed the 80-yard mark in consecutive wins, and he leads the Sooners in rushing yards (199).
• Michigan transfer Andrew Anthony leads OU in receiving yards (387), despite a quiet game against Iowa State.
• Senior wideout Drake Stoops caught his fourth touchdown pass in the win over the Cyclones, and he leads the team in receptions (25), with 203 yards.
• Freshman receiver Nic Anderson has scored in three straight games, and he’s posting splits of 10/279/5.
• The OU defense has allowed 10.8 ppg.
Texas Longhorns Preview
Texas comes in at 5-0 after defeating Kansas in Austin, 40-14. The Longhorns caught a break with KU QB Jalon Daniels missing the contest, but they capitalized to tack on another quality win, and they’ll now look to add the Sooners to that list. The Texas offense is scoring 36.0 ppg, while passing for 286.6 ypg, rushing for 191.8 ypg, and converting 42% of their third downs.
Texas Player Notes
• Quinn Ewers came through with another strong effort, passing for 325 yards, with a touchdown pass and a pair of scoring runs. The sophomore signal caller has already delivered on a bigger stage this season, but this contest will mean a lot more in regards to their playoff hopes, and he’ll look to replicate his heroic effort at Bama here at the State Fair. Ewers has thrown for 1,358 yards, with ten touchdowns to one interception, and rushed for four scores on the ground through five starts.
• Sophomore back Jonathan Brooks went off against Kansas, dashing for a career-high 217 yards and scoring twice. Brooks now leads the Big 12 in rushing with 596 yards on 85 carries.
• Third-year wideout Xavier Worthy went for a season-highs of seven catches for 93 yards in the win over KU, and he leads UT in receptions (26) and receiving yards (345).
• Junior receiver Adonai Mitchell also set high marks for the season with ten catches for 141 yards against the Jayhawks, and he’s second on the team with splits of 22/321/4.
• Third-year tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders surpassed the 100-yard mark in both road wins over Bama and Baylor, and he’s up to 13 catches and 278 yards for the season.
• The Texas defense is allowing 12.8 points per game.
Oklahoma vs Texas Trends
• OU is 3-2 against the spread, with a 3-2 O/U record.
• Texas is 2-3 ATS, with a 1-4 over/under record.
Corey’s Free Pick
It is so nice to see national championship implications on the line again in the Red River Showdown. This is one of the best rivalries in all of sports, and when the fans split the Cotton Bowl with burnt orange and Sooner red, this year’s meeting has the chance to deliver a game of the year candidate. Texas really put it on Oklahoma last season, and despite the OU players downplaying the magnitude of this game, they’ll definitely be looking to redeem themselves. Meanwhile, the Longhorns have already broken through once under tougher circumstances in Tuscaloosa, and a win here would certainly warrant some votes to catapult Georgia as the number one ranked team in the country. We’re going to get the best from both sides, and I love buying into the Shootout for this Red River matchup. Take the Over for this classic Big 12 battle.