Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns Free ATS College Football Pick

Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:42 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 6:42 PM GMT

Oklahoma is perfect, and Texas as close to imperfect as possible as the old rivals prepare for their annual meeting. Join us for a preview and free NCAA football pick in the matchup.

Anyone who has been following the rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns as long as I have will tell you that where the teams are ranked -- if they're ranked at all -- and what they've done in the season leading into the matchup mean very little. The same is true this year since any rankings at this point in the season are little more than fodder for sports talk shows, and 4-0 starts like Oklahoma is off to as well as the 1-4 rut Texas finds itself in can be turned around.

Still, how the two teams have actually performed to this point, it's difficult to envision the Longhorns standing a chance against the Sooners. Sports books certainly don't give Texas much hope, BetOnline releasing their first number at OU -13 and now holding steady at -17.

The game is part of what is expected to be an early plethora of lopsided outcomes in Saturday's 12 PM (ET) games. ABC has the broadcast from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the total available right now between 60½ and 61½ on the College Football Odds.

 

'Horns Looking For Repeat Of 2013 Magic
We have seen routs in this series at times, something that is bound to happen given this is the 110th meeting between the two schools. The ol' Red River Shootout has ended favoring Texas 66 times, Oklahoma grabbing 44 wins with five more ending in a knot, 'the infamous 6-6 tie in 1976 the only time I saw the rivalry in person.

Most of the routs in recent seasons have ended in Oklahoma's favor, one reason Charlie Strong is now running the show in Austin instead of Mack Brown who coached some of the most embarrassing moments in Longhorns history against Bob Stoops.

Strong and the 'Horns held their own last year in one of the better matchups the last 10 years or so. Getting 16½ at the closing bell on the NCAA football betting board, Then No. 11 Oklahoma held off a late Texas rally for the 31-26 decision. That gives Longhorn backers two straight covers after their unranked side pulled off the outright upset over the No. 12 Sooners in 2013, Case McCoy and the Texas D pacing that upset as 13½ point 'dogs.

 

Sooners Have Trip To Manhattan Week From Now
Oklahoma (4-0 straight up, 3-1 against the spread), as some of you may recall, was one of my value picks in August when the Sooners were 5/1 to win the Big 12 just before the 2015 schedule took off. They're still definitely in for a fight against Baylor and TCU, but it's almost impossible not to be impressed with the effort Boomer Sooner has put forth up to now.

Okay, I get it, the defense did allow 38 to Tulsa, a 2nd-quarter breakdown a big part of that, and West Virginia greatly aided OU's cause a week ago with five turnovers, but I like the overall résumé the Sooners have built so far.

 

Strong & Co. Off To 1-4 Start
If there's a way to lose a ballgame, Texas (1-4, 1-3-1 ATS) is starting to show it can find a way to do so. Following two close losses thanks to special teams, the Longhorns proved they can lay down in a blowout loss last Saturday to TCU, 50-7.

I only watched the first half at Callahan's Pub in the heart of the Lone Star State, and have never seen a Texas team less prepared for an opponent. Coaches, players, even the few orange & white who did make the I-35 trek to Cowtown, they were all like Donny in The Big Lebowski, out of their element against a very well-prepared Horned Frogs team.

It's supposed to be a warm, sunny afternoon at the Cotton Bowl, temps climbing into the mid/upper 80s and no real wind to speak of to cause trouble. Texas is simply in over its head right now, so I'm taking on the chalk for my free College Football Pick.

My pick: Oklahoma -17 at BetOnline
Season: 3-2 (+0.8)

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