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Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick


College Football Week 7 continues on Saturday afternoon and we will see the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry from the Cotton Bowl in Texas. The game is scheduled for a 12:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on ABC. Currently the odds for the game have Oklahoma favored by 3.5 points, while the total sits at 58.5. Currently 55% of the Public is on Oklahoma, while 72% is on the Over. Find out what side the Public is taking on all the games by clicking HERE.

Free Analysis: Texas opened the 2012 campaign with four straight wins, which included a 41-36 decision at Oklahoma State in its Big 12 Conference opener on Sept. 29. The Longhorns welcomed Heisman Trophy frontrunner Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers to Austin last Saturday, and the home team suffered its first loss of the season in a 48-45 final. The Texas offense is generating a gaudy 46.8 points and 477.4 total yards game, and the unit is equally proficient in rolling up 209.4 ypg on the ground and 268.0 ypg through the air. Of the 29 TDs the offense has scored, 17 have been of the rushing variety, with RB Joe Bergeron (60.0 ypg) tallying nine scores himself. Malcolm Brown (three TDs) is the team's leading rusher in terms of per game average (61.2 ypg), and when you factor in Johnathan Gray's production (48.8 ypg), it seems like the Longhorns always have a fresh pair of legs in the backfield. QB David Ash is hitting the mark on 77.5 percent of his passes, logging 1,276 yards with 11 TDs and only one interception, while pass catchers Jaxson Shipley (22 receptions, 250 yards, four TDs) and Mike Davis (19 receptions, 263 yards, two TDs) have proven to be the club's most effective targets down the field. Defensively, the 'Horns are permitting 26.4 ppg, the number being skewed by their last three opponents who tallied 31, 36 and 48 points, respectively. The unit has allowed a total of just six rushing TDs, but opponents churn out 182.4 ypg and average 4.7 yards per carry. The effort against the pass is yielding 221.8 ypg, and the defense has come up with 10 turnovers (seven picks) and 13 sacks.

Oklahoma kicked off the new season with a pair of wins over UTEP and FCS foe Florida A&M, but then suffered a 24-19 loss at home to Kansas State in its league lidlifter on Sept. 22. The Sooners then enjoyed a bye before bouncing back with a 41-20 triumph at Texas Tech last Saturday. The Sooners did all their scoring in the first three quarters last week at Texas Tech, and took a 41-13 lead into the final frame. The OU offense finished with 380 total yards, and converted 8-of-14 third-down attempts while committing just one turnover. Utilizing an offensive attack that produces 190.5 rushing ypg and 273.2 ypg passing, Oklahoma is putting up 38.2 ppg. Standouts on that side of the ball include RB Damien Williams (341 yards, five TDs), QB Landry Jones (93-of-147, 1,032 yards, seven TDs, two interceptions) and WR Kenny Stills (29 receptions, 344 yards, three TDs). From a defensive standpoint, the Sooners are giving up just 16.0 ppg, with opponents finding it particularly tough to pick up yardage via the pass (160.5 ypg). Their effort against the run yields 142.5 ypg, but they've permitting just four rushing scores. Tony Jefferson paces the club with 30 tackles, 20 of which have been unassisted, and the unit as a whole has posted nine sacks but only three takeaways (all interceptions).

This is the 107th meeting between these two storied programs, with Texas leading the series by a 59-42-5 count. However, Oklahoma has won the last two meetings, the most recent of which being a 55-17 rout last season. This is the seventh straight year and the 36th time overall that both teams come into the annual clash ranked in the AP Top-25, and the Sooners own a 13-4 mark in 17 previous matchups when both were in the top-15 and they were the higher ranked team.

Free Pick: I like the Under in this one. The Texas offense has been great this year, but I feel the Sooners defense is the tough defense they have faced to date.  The Sooners come in allowing just 303 ypg and 16 ppg on the year and I feel they have what it takes on that side of the ball to slow down Ash and the Longhorn offense in this one. The Sooner offense was to be one of the best in the Big 12, but that hasn’t panned out as Laundry Jones has been inconsistent this year. The Sooners have put up 463 ypg on offense and 38.3 ppg, but just 397.7 ypg and just 28 ppg vs FBS foes on the year. The Texas defense has not been that great of late, but they will not be playing an explosive offense like that of WVU or Oklahoma State in this one.  This is a huge game for both teams and I feel the defenses will show up big time, putting this game in the low 50’s at best. 

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