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Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas | Storylines, How to Watch, Odds, & Predictions

M. Hofeld

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Kickoff: 11:00 AM CT

Location: Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)

Television: FOX

Storylines

This is the 115th football meeting between Oklahoma and Texas.

This also marks the second straight season both OU and Texas enter their October matchup ranked in the AP Top 25 (prior to 2018 it had not been done since 2012). The Sooners have been ranked in the AP poll at the time of the October game each of the last 14 years and in 19 of the last 20 seasons. Texas was unranked when playing the Sooners from 2013 to 2017.

Oklahoma ranks second nationally with its 53.4 points per game while Texas is 13th at 41.8. Similarly, OU leads the nation with its 643.8 yards per contest while UT ranks 19th at 483.6 per game. Defensively, the Sooners are tied for second in the league and 25th nationally by allowing 19.0 points per game while the Longhorns rank seventh and 67th (26.6). An area to watch when OU has the ball is the passing game. The Sooners lead the nation with their 217.4 pass efficiency rating and are fifth with their 355.4 passing yards per game. Texas is last in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense (145.0) and passing yards allowed (325.0).

Jalen Hurts recorded a passing efficiency rating of at least 245.0 in each of his first four games this season and is the only FBS player since at least 1996 to record more than two such outings (min. 18 attempts) in a season.

Oklahoma is averaging a nation-leading 643.8 offensive yards per game, which is 73 yards more than the next highest average (571.0 by LSU).

For the first time since 2006, Oklahoma has held four consecutive opponents (in the same season) to 20 points or less. OU has allowed only seven first-quarter points this year and has permitted just 34 first-half points (average of 6.8).

Odds

Oklahoma (-10.5)

O/U 75.5

Predictions

Craig: 38-27 Oklahoma

Zack: 31-21 Oklahoma

Mark: 38-35 Oklahoma

Rich: 45-31 Oklahoma

Matt: 49-35 Oklahoma

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