Texas vs. Oklahoma – College Football Picks | Championship Weekend
What better way to find out the 2018 Big 12 Champion that with a Red River rivalry championship matchup. It’s the way all fans want it and it’s the way it should end. The Sooners playoffs’ hopes will be on the line against their hated rival. The Texas Longhorns are here to claim the Conference title and play the spoiler part over the Sooners.
MyBookie.ag has Oklahoma as an 8-point favorite for this game. The betting line opened with the Sooners as a touchdown favorite but that quickly changed. It went to 7.5-point and now it’s at 8. I can’t see the line moving anymore before the start of the game. 55% of the betting public is taking the Longhorns with the points. The game total is at 78.5. It started at 77.5 points. Knowing how Big 12 Football is played, it’s not a shocker this is the highest total of the weekend.
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners Predictions
When these two teams played in October, they gave us a 48-45 thriller. Texas won outright, and for those who took the points, it was a sweet winner. Oklahoma hates that game because it showed the world how vulnerable they are on defense. It’s why not many think they deserve a spot in the playoffs. Oklahoma is going to put points on the board once again. There is no question about it. They average 50.2 points per game, and there is no sign their offense is slowing down. QB Kyler Murray is listed +700 at Mybookie.ag to win the Heisman Trophy this season; just behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. He’s still a long shot, but it proves how great his year has been.
The question goes on whether Texas can keep up with the Sooners’ scoring pace. The Longhorns are a weird team because they can adjust to the rhythm of any of their opponent. If a team scores a lot, then they do the same. If a team plays defensive ball, they do the same. Putting a finger on their real identity is hard. I see this game with two teams with aggressive mindsets going back and forth. I trust Oklahoma way more, but I can acknowledge their defense has too many blown coverages and that will allow Texas to stay in the game.
Here’s another factor in favor of Texas. Facing Kyler Murray is quite the handful task, especially at first. Adjusting to him is hard. The Longhorns already met him and know a few of his tricks. They won’t be able to shut him down completely, but the fact that they know him might give them the upper hand to slow him down on a few series. The Longhorns defense has limited their last two opponents to fewer than 300 yards per game. They are coming hot. The Sooners will win, but the value is on the other side. What’s the play? Texas +8.
Spread: Sooners -8
Money line: Texas +260 vs. Oklahoma -320
Game total: 78.5
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
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