Oklahoma vs. Texas odds: 2021 college football picks, Red River Showdown predictions from model on 12-4 run

Future SEC programs — the No. 21 Texas Longhorns and No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners — collide in a crucial early season Big 12 matchup on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The 2021 Red River Showdown is the first since the two schools announced in the summer that they would be leaving the Big 12 for the more lucrative SEC. The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 in Big 12) and Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) enter Saturday’s game tied with Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0) atop the early Big 12 standings. The winner of Saturday’s game will clear a major hurdle toward qualifying for the Big 12 Championship Game in December. 

Kickoff is noon ET. The Sooners are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Oklahoma vs. Texas odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 63.5. Before making any Texas vs. Oklahoma picks or college football predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 6 of the 2021 season on a 12-4 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now the model has dialed in on Oklahoma vs. Texas and just locked in its CFB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are the CFB Week 6 odds and betting lines for Texas vs. Oklahoma:  

  • Oklahoma vs. Texas spread: Sooners -3.5
  • Oklahoma vs. Texas over-under: 63.5 points 
  • Oklahoma vs. Texas money line: Sooners -160, Longhorns +140 
  • OU: Spencer Rattler ranks No. 2 in the country in completion percentage (76.2) 
  • TEX: Bijan Robinson is No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards per game (130.4)

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Why the Sooners can cover

Oklahoma has a pass-rushing menace in Nik Bonitto. A 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who was recruited by former Texas coach Tom Herman, Bonitto leads the Sooners with 5.5 tackles for loss this season and ranks third on the team in sacks (2.5). Over the last two matchups against Texas, he has three sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. On Saturday he is likely to go up against either Longhorns left tackle Christian Jones, who has struggled this season, or redshirt freshman right tackle Andrej Karic, who will be making just his second career start.

In addition, Oklahoma has a defense that can slow Texas running back Bijan Robinson. The Sooners have held all five opponents this season to 100 or fewer rushing yards (79.4 yards per game). Over Oklahoma’s last 18 games, only one opposing running back has rushed for 100 yards (Iowa State’s Breece Hall).

Why the Longhorns can cover

Texas has arguably the best running back in the country in Robinson. A 6-foot sophomore from Tucson, Robinson ranks second in the country in rushing yards per game (130.4) and all-purpose yards (163.8). He also is fourth in the country in touchdowns (nine). Over his last seven games dating to last season he is averaging 8.1 yards per carry and has scored 15 touchdowns.

In addition, the defense has a playmaking linebacker in senior DeMarvion Overshown. A sideline-to-sideline tackling machine, Overshown is averaging a career-best 8.8 tackles per game, which ranks second in the Big 12. He is coming off one of the most productive games in his career, with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery against TCU.

How to make Oklahoma vs. Texas picks

The model is projecting over on the point total, suggesting the teams combine for 72 points. The model also says one side of the Oklahoma vs. Texas point spread has all the value. You can only get the model’s Texas vs. Oklahoma ATS pick at SportsLine

So who wins Texas vs. Oklahoma? And which side of the spread has all of the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Oklahoma vs. Texas spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up almost $3,400 over the past five-plus years on top-rated picks, and find out.

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