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Oklahoma Texas Betting - Oklahoma And Texas Saddle Up For The Red River Rivalry

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/3/2011 6:43:41 PM

The Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners are the two football programs who have been centrally involved in the realignment dramas of the past summer. They now meet on the field.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns - Saturday, October 8

Sports betting line: Oklahoma -9

Why Oklahoma Will Win

The ranks of MLB baseball betting experts know that in a big game, there’s no time for fooling around. Only the best can apply. Only the greats can step into the spotlight and deliver the goods. When comparing the two starting quarterbacks in this contest, it’s impossible to think that Texas has anything remotely approaching an advantage against Oklahoma.
The Longhorns have been dealing with problems under center ever since Colt McCoy got injured in the early stages of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game against Alabama. McCoy’s injury led to the insertion of new quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who performed okay against the Crimson Tide on that night in Pasadena, California. After four years of McCoy, it seemed that Texas was ready to pick up where it left off in 2010.
There was just one problem, however: Gilbert never lived up to the hype. The youngster struggled through a brutal 2010 season, struggling with his reads and feeling permanently uncomfortable in the pocket. Gilbert was shaky as a passer, and that unsteadiness carried over into his leadership and the other intangible elements of his game. Texas crumbled under the weight of high expectations, poor offensive line play, and the weakness of its quarterback. The Horns missed a bowl game by falling to a 5-7 record just one year after playing for the national title. In the early months of 2011, the Longhorns have been little better. They are 4-0, but they’ve played four teams that are mediocre at best, horrible at worst. Rice, Brigham Young, UCLA, and Iowa State do not exactly form a murderer’s row.
Gilbert couldn’t last through the Brigham Young game in week two. He relinquished control of the position to Case McCoy, the younger brother of Colt. Case McCoy owns pluck and resilience, but he’s a far cry from his NFL-playing sibling at this point. Maybe Texas will be great in 2012. The Horns are not ready to be great this year, and definitely not against a loaded Oklahoma club that has already surmounted a formidable challenge against Florida State on the road.

Why Texas Will Win

When you pore over the details attached to this duel and consider your sports bet on the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, you need to realize that Oklahoma wasn’t much better than Texas last year. Yes, even though Texas struggled to a 5-7 record in 2010, Oklahoma was pushed through four whole quarters by the Longhorns and barely escaped with a win. Had OU quarterback Landry Jones’ fumble stayed in bounds in the fourth quarter, Texas would have scooped it up and taken it into the end zone to create a 28-26 score. The Horns could have then tied the game with a 2-point conversion. Fortunately for OU, the ball went out of bounds. Nevertheless, the point is clear: Texas can play with Oklahoma under any circumstance. Don’t be too surprised if the Longhorns steal this one late.

Who Will Win

It’s a rivalry game, so anything can happen, but Oklahoma is better at just about every position on the field, especially quarterback. The Sooners will take care of business in style, and will pull away for a decisive win.

College Football Betting Pick: Oklahoma

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