The Texas Longhorns are trending upward as they head into Year 3 of the Tom Herman era MYBookie college football betting faithful! After winning seven games in Herman’s first year in 2017, Texas took a big step forward a year ago by going 10-4 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 conference play to finish second to Oklahoma.
Now, as they get set for the upcoming 2019 campaign, the Longhorns are looking to take the next step to becoming legitimate national championship contenders. Whether Texas reaches their intended postseason destination or not remains to be seen, but you’re going to have a great idea of just how many victories the Horns will record in 2019 thanks to the expert betting insight that you’re about to get!
Texas Longhorns 2019 Season Win / Loss Total Odds & Betting Prediction
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Sam Ehlinger (16)
- Rushing: Tre Watson (786)
- Passing: Sam Ehlinger (3292)
- Receiving: Lil’Jordan Humphrey (1176)
- Interceptions: Caden Sterns (4)
Why Will Top Their Win Total Odds?
There are a handful of great reasons to back Texas to top their regular season win total odds of 9½ victories. First, Texas is finally set at quarterback with junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger now the unquestioned starter after tossing 25 TD passes and just five interceptions a year ago while adding a stupendous 16 rushing scores to boot.
The Longhorns have some talent at the wide receivers position in 6-6 wideout Collin Johnson, speedy Devin Duvernay and freshman Jake Smith. Texas also has a pair of gifted safeties in senior Brandon Jones and 2018 Freshman All-American Caden Sterns, so throwing down the middle likely won’t be easy against Texas this coming season.
Why Won’t Top Their Win Total Odds?Despite their success a year ago, there are also a bunch of good reasons to back Texas to come up short of topping their win total figure. First, the Longhorns need to replace a whopping nine starters on the defensive side of the ball, including the entire front seven and both starting cornerbacks.
Then, there’s the fact that Texas will also have three new starters on the offensive line, not to mention that, whoever backs up Ehlinger will be almost completely inexperienced with former signal-caller Shane Buechele transferring to SMU with two seasons of eligibility remaining and redshirt freshman Cameron Rising transferring to Utah.
While I really like Sam Ehlinger and I believe he could play at the next level in the near future, I’m also thinking Texas has a few too many question marks heading into 2019. The defense will be almost completely brand new and after giving up 25.9 points per game last season, I’ve got to believe they’re going to allow a few more per game this coming season.
Questions at running back and along the offensive line could also be problematic for Herman in Year 3 of his tenure, not to mention a schedule that includes a Week 2 home date against LSU and a Week 7 matchup against Oklahoma at home.
I’m predicting Texas to lose both aforementioned affairs and I suspect they could also fall at West Virginia, TCU and possibly Iowa State. I’m going with Texas to drop three games in 2019 to finish at 9-3 in the regular season and I didn’t even mention their home date against an Oklahoma State team desperate to rebound or a TCU team that will be more experienced and almost certainly more difficult in 2019 than they were a year ago.
Again, while it’s possible Texas could reach 10 victories in 2019, I’m thinking the likelihood of nine wins is better, seeing as how the Longhorns have a ton of question marks entering 2019 and an almost entirely new group of starters on defense.
Pick: 9 Wins