Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) at Texas Longhorns (1-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 10, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Longhorns +16 -- Over/Under:
The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns meet Saturday in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl.
The Oklahoma Sooners look to remain unbeaten after beating ranked teams in two of the last three weeks. Baker Mayfield is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,382 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Mayfield has 10 touchdown passes in his last three games. Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook have combined for 603 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Durron Neal has 14 receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 163.5 yards per contest, and Samaje Perine leads the way with 328 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, OU is allowing 22.3 points and 363 yards per game. Dominique Alexander leads the Sooners with 40 tackles, Eric Striker has 2.5 sacks and Jordan Thomas has two interceptions.
The Texas Longhorns need a big win here to snap a three-game losing streak. Jerrod Heard is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for 661 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Heard hasn’t thrown a touchdown in three straight games. John Burt and Daje Johnson have combined for 423 receiving yards and one touchdown while Armanti Foreman has 10 receptions. The Texas Longhorns ground game is averaging 171.4 yards per contest, and Heard leads the way with 318 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Texas is allowing 38.2 points and 507.2 yards per game. Peter Jinkens leads the Longhorns with 40 tackles, Dylan Haines has two interceptions and Holton Hill has two pass deflections. Daje Johnson and Kent Perkins are questionable.
The Sooners are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Sooners are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Texas.
The last couple of Red River Rivalries have been close. Yes, Texas is downright awful. However, rivalries usually bring the best out of teams and I tend to throw a lot of the stats and what not out of the window. While the Oklahoma Sooners should win in a blowout, I'm going to take a shot with the points here in a rivarly game that both teams will wake up for.