Texas Longhorns (2-3) at Oklahoma Sooners (4-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 11, 2014, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -14.5 -- Over/Under:
The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners square of Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl.
The Texas Longhorns remain down in the dumps after a poor 2-3 start and have an offense that has been held to 17 or less points in three of their first five games. Tyrone Swoopes is completing just 59.4 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and three interceptions, and is coming off a game where he threw two picks and zero touchdowns. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown have combined for more than 500 rushing yards and three scores, but neither runner has taken over a game and really put this Texas offense on his back. John Harris has caught a touchdown pass in four of the first five games and has proven to be the Longhorns biggest playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. Tight end M.J. McFarland is the only other Texas receiver who has caught a touchdown pass this season. Defensively, the Texas Longhorns are allowing 19.2 points, 334.4 yards, and have forced 11 turnovers and 19 sacks. Jordan Hicks leads the Longhorns with 59 tackles and Malcom Brown has 7.5 tackles for loss.
The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season to the TCU Horned Frogs. The play of quarterback Trevor Knight is really starting to be a cause of concern for the Sooners, as he’s completing just 54.5 percent of his passes and has thrown at least one interception in four of the first five games. Freshman Samaje Perine is doing majority of the heavy lifting offensively for Oklahoma, as he’s scored seven touchdowns in his last two games. Sterling Shepard has topped 100 receiving yards in four straight games and is coming off a 215-yard performance. The Sooners have a balanced offense that can be very dangerous, but Knight has to be more efficient with the football or more losses will follow. Defensively, the Oklahoma Sooners are allowing 20.6 points, 373.6 yards, and have forced 14 turnovers and 14 sacks. Dominique Alexander leads the Sooners with 38 tackles and Zack Sanchez has four interceptions.
The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October. The Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October. The Longhorns are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, while the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
It's tough to back the Texas Longhorns in any game with the way they've been playing all season. However, this is one of the bigger rivalires in college football and usually wakes up both teams to play their best. If there's any game you're going to see the Longhorns play well, it's this one. I'll go ahead and take my chances with Texas and the two plus touchdowns.