Two Heisman Trophy hopefuls face off this week as Jalen Hurts and the Sooners take on Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns in the Red River Showdown. Ahead of the big Oklahoma-Texas game, predictions have been pouring in.
One prediction from ESPN’s Bill Connelly notes a very high scoring affair. Connelly is predicting Oklahoma to top Texas in a 42-30 shootout.
The game will be played at the Cotton Bowl, with Oklahoma serving as an 11.5-point favorite. But Connelly’s pick still falls just below the 75.5-point over/under.
🚨 WEEK 7 SP+ PICKS! 🚨
* Miami 27, Virginia 20
* Georgia 36, South Carolina 17
* Oklahoma 42, Texas 30
* Clemson 40, Florida State 19
* Penn State 28, Iowa 22 (18-12 sounds more PSU-Iowaish)
* Notre Dame 34, USC 25
* LSU 32, Florida 24
* Et cetera! pic.twitter.com/wnKPIJg6G9
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) October 9, 2019
Though Oklahoma won the last meeting between the two teams, the Sooners and Longhorns have split their last six regular season games.
But over a longer period of time, the Sooners have largely dominated. Since 2010, Oklahoma has gone 7-3 overall against Texas.
Nevertheless, nearly all of the games between the two have been close. The last six regular season meetings have all been decided by a touchdown or less.
Last year, Oklahoma lost to Texas in the regular season before beating them in the Big 12 Championship Game. They secured a spot in the College Football Playoff, too.
As a result, Oklahoma can probably afford to lose this game and potentially contend for the College Football Playoff, provided they win out.
Texas will probably not be so lucky. While a loss to Oklahoma won’t knock them out of Big 12 title contention, no two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff.
Can Texas pull off another stunning upset like they did last year?