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Oklahoma vs. Texas 2023 College Football Week 6 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

More is at stake in this year’s Red River Rivalry than pride and bragging rights. 3-ranked Texas has their sights on a College Football Playoff berth. To secure one, the undefeated Longhorns must get by their most bitter rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma, like Texas, is also undefeated. Which team bows to the pressure and suffers a loss? Check out college football odds, analysis, and a free pick for Oklahoma versus Texas.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns Game Information

  • When: Saturday, October 7, 2023, 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
  • TV: ABC
  • Radio: 1430 AM (Oklahoma) // KOKC AM 1520 (Texas)
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • College Football Odds: Oklahoma (+5) // Texas (-5)

Why Bet on the Oklahoma Sooners?

Oklahoma is doing something they haven’t done in a long time, play great defense. The Sooners are known as an offensive juggernaut, and they’re that this season. But Oklahoma is also a defensive powerhouse.

Only 1 team has reached the 20 points mark against the Sooners’ D and that was Iowa State in Oklahoma’s last. It’s easy to pick out specific players for the terrific defensive performances, but the real reason Oklahoma plays great D is because head coach Brett Venables puts together defensive game plans that rival the best offensive game plans in college football.

Former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel is having a banner season. Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma before last season. Since arriving in Norman, he’s played great football.

In 2023, Dillon has taken his play to another level. Oklahoma’s signal-caller has posted Heisman contender stats. He’s thrown for 1,593 yards and 15 TDs to just 2 interceptions.

In the win over Iowa State, Gabriel completed passes to 10 different players. Running back Marcus Majors is the workhorse, but Gabriel is an accomplished runner. Oklahoma has scored 73 against Arkansas State, 66 versus Tulsa, and 50 against Iowa State this season.

Why Bet on the Texas Longhorns?

Texas’s defense doesn’t get as much press as the offense but it’s one of the top units in college football. The Longhorns have yielded 20 or more points once this season.

Alabama scored 24 in a 34-24 Texas victory. Texas’s D held Rice to 10 points in a blowout win, 10 to Wyoming in another blowout win, and 6 to Baylor in a 32 points blowout victory. In their last, Texas contained Kansas’s offense in a 41-14 Longhorns’ win.

Sophomore Quinn Ewers is playing great football. Ewers has thrown for 1,358 yards and 10 TDs. The Southlake, Texas-born player has tossed a single pick. Quinn’s top target is Xavier Worthy. The Belitnikoff Award contender for the nation’s best receiver has caught 26 passes for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.

Worthy might lose the Belitnikoff Award to fellow wideout Adonai Mitchell. Adonai has caught 22 passes for 321 yards and 4 TDs. Mitchell caught 10 passes versus Kansas. So if you double Worthy, Mitchell will beat you.

Oklahoma vs. Texas Betting Trends

  • Oklahoma is 3-4 SU in their last 7 games.
  • Oklahoma is 5-0 ATS this season.
  • Under is 3-5 in Oklahoma’s last 8 games.
  • Texas are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games..
  • Texas is 3-2 ATS this season.
  • Over is 6-3 in Texas's last 9 games.

Oklahoma vs. Texas Expert Betting Predictions

Sooners versus Longhorns is one of college football’s greatest rivalries. On Saturday, the rivalry puts the winner onto the fast track to an undefeated Big 12 Conference season and a CFP spot.

So a lot is at stake. Texas is getting more press than Oklahoma this year because of the impressive win in Tuscaloosa over the Crimson Tide. However, the Tide had yet to get their offense on track.

So it’s difficult to say that the Longhorns are better than the Sooners. Not only that but defensive genius Brett Venables coaches the Oklahoma Sooners. So although on the surface Texas looks like the better team, Oklahoma might be if we take into account that Quinn Ewers must beat Venables’ defense.

Our pick comes down to the odds. Texas isn’t close to being a -265 money line chalk and Oklahoma is much better than a +208 squad. The overlay play is on Oklahoma to beat Texas straight up.

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