College Football Comp Play via Paul Stone

Texas +7.5 over Oklahoma – For the second straight year the Texas Longhorns got their 2018 season off to a dubious start by losing to Maryland as a double digit favorite.

Since being sidetracked by the Terps, however, the Longhorns have made positive strides, most notably under center where one-time mistake-prone quarterback Sam Ehlinger has now gone 128 pass attempts without an interception.
Texas (4-1 and No. 20 in the coaches poll) enters Saturday’s annual Red River showdown against border rival Oklahoma on a four-game win streak, including home wins over Southern Cal (37-14) and TCU (31-16) and a 19-14 road victory over Kansas State last week (its first win in Manhattan, Kan. since 2002).
Fifth-ranked Oklahoma, meanwhile, enters with a spotless 5-0 record and legitimate playoff aspirations. Although quarterback Kyler Murray has been a thrill every minute, the Sooners have been far from invincible, needing overtime to defeat middle feeder Army (28-21) at home and struggling to dispose of Iowa State (37-27) on the road.
Texas has covered five straight Against Oklahoma, winning twice during that span in 2013 and ‘15. The Longhorns’ three losses have all been by just five points.
Toss in his two years at Houston and second-year Texas head coach Tom Herman is an impressive 11-1 ATS as a betting underdog.
It would not be a shock for the Longhorns to pull the outright upset.
Take Texas and the 7.5 points.

Paul Stone has over two decades of experience as a bettor and handicapper. He is a winner of multiple Las Vegas handicapping contests and his work has appeared in various media outlets including the Las Vegas-Review Journal and ESPN Insider.

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