College football odds: No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas

Oklahoma has had its way with Texas in the Red River Rivalry in recent years, and if the Sooners crush the Longhorns again, it could be the end for UT head coach Mack Brown. OU is a 14-point WagerWeb favorite.

Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) beat TCU 20-17 on Saturday. Brennan d Clay finished off a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, providing the necessary cushion for the Sooners. Trey Millard had a touchdown run for the Sooners and Michael Hunnicutt hit field goals of 39 and 32 yards. Clay’s run ended up being necessary despite a strong defensive showing by the Sooners. Oklahoma opened with seven straight defensive 3-and-outs, after finishing a 35-21 win at Notre Dame last Saturday with three. The 10 straight 3-and-outs was the longest such streak recorded by the Sooners since at least the 2003 season. Oklahoma has won 10 straight Big 12 games.

OU is 5-0 to start the season for the ninth time under Bob Stoops, including three times in the last four seasons. OU is 145-7 under Stoops when leading after three quarters, including 5-0 this year. Under Stoops, OU is 137-9 when leading at the half and has won the last 38 games when leading at halftime. Oklahoma has either tied or led at halftime in its last 10 regular season games. Oklahoma is 106-6 (.946) under Stoops when holding teams to 20 points or less, including 27 straight victories.

Texas got a gift from the referees in a 31-30 win at Iowa State on Oct. 3. Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied. McCoy threw for 244 yards for the Longhorns, (3-2, 2-0). McCoy led Texas on a 75-yard drive in just under 3 minutes — which was aided by two pass-interference penalties and two near fumbles by Johnathan Gray.

Texas junior quarterback David Ash will not play again this week due to lingering effects of a head injury/ McCoy will make his third start this season in the Red River Rivalry game at Dallas. Ash has missed 2½ games this season while recovering from a concussion suffered Sept. 7. He returned to play in the first half of Texas’ 31-21 win over Kansas State two weeks ago but was pulled from the game at halftime due to symptoms related to his concussion. In the 10 quarters he has played this season, Ash has passed for 760 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions. Last year against Oklahoma, McCoy relieved an injured Ash in the fourth quarter of Texas’ 63-21 loss and threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns. By the time McCoy came on and padded his stats against OU young kids, the score was 56-8. Ash 24-of-49 for 220 yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions the past two years against OU.

Oklahoma and Texas will meet for the 107th time this Saturday in the latest edition of the Red River Rivalry, and both teams will be sporting special edition uniforms on the field at the Cotton Bowl. The uniforms feature gold accents on nearly everything, from the gloves to the cleats.

WagerWeb trends: Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Sooners are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. Sooners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. Longhorns are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games. Longhorns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October. Sooners are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings. Favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings. Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

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