The Texas Longhorns have clearly been rejuvenated by new starting quarterback Jerron Heard. Now, NCAA Football betting fans everywhere need to know if Texas’ exciting dual-threat signal-caller can lead the Longhorns to the upset win over Big 12 rival Oklahoma State when the two football factories square off in their conference opener on Saturday. Let’s find out.
No. 22 Oklahoma State at Texas NCAAF Game Information and Odds
When: Saturday, September 26, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
NCAAF Odds: Oklahoma State -5
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Why Bet on the Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State completely overpowered the UTSA Roadrunners in their 69-14, Week 3 blowout on Saturday. The Cowboys easily covered the spread as huge 25.5-point favorites, thanks to a defense that forced UTSA into a whopping seven turnovers. Oklahoma State recorded two fumble recoveries inside the first to minutes of the game while both, the punt and kickoff return units also added fumble recoveries in the win.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 17 of 23 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns while running back Chris Carson rushed 17 times for 104 yards and two scores. Oklahoma State’s seven forced turnovers tied for the third-most in school history and were the most by a Cowboys defense since they recorded seven against Baylor in 2000.
Why Bet on the Texas Longhorns
Texas lost a heartbreaker against Cal in Week 3, falling 45-44 in spite of a terrific effort from Heard. The Horns covered the college football betting line as a 4.5-point underdog, thanks a stupendous outing from their electrifying redshirt freshman signal-caller. Heard completed 20 of 31 passes for 364 yards with one interception, but more than made up for that lone interception by rushing the ball a whopping 24 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns to finish with a school-record 527 yards of total offense.
In four possessions after falling behind 45-24 following three quarters of play, Texas put up 286 yards and three touchdown on 30 plays. Heard was directly responsible for 216 of those yards, including 94 rushing yards on eight carries.”He put on a show,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “He’s a fabulous competitor,” Texas playcaller Jay Norvell said, “and the way he battled back, he never stopped. He kept believing. He showed leadership, and the players believed in him. Because of what he’s done, they just know we have a chance with his hands on the ball.” Texas lost when Cal cornerback Darius White blocked a PAT kick from Texas kicker Nick Rose after Heard ran 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:11 to play.
My Expert Betting Game Analysis:
62 percent of the betting public likes Oklahoma State to cover the spread as near touchdown favorites despite being on the road, but I’m not so sure the Cowboys aren’t ripe for an upset loss here.Not only will Texas be playing in front of their home fan base, but the Longhorns suddenly look very explosive on offense , having scored at least 42 points in each of their last two games. I’m really not sure that Oklahoma State has an elite defense, seeing as how they’ve played three mid-level kinds of programs to start the season.
While Texas is just 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, Oklahoma State has compiled an identical 2-5 ATS mark in their last seven conference games and their last seven road games. While the Cowboys have gone 4-0 ATS in their last four road dates against Texas, I’m going against the betting public on this one. 67 percent of the betting public likes the Over, but I like the Under to narrowly play out in this contest. The Under is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between these rivals when they meet in Texas and 3-1-1 in the last five meetings overall.
The Picks: Texas +5 Points/Under 60.5 Total Points