Texas rises to top of Big 12 early with rival Sooners next

Texas rises to top of Big 12 early with rival Sooners next”

Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1) has dealt Texas (3-2) several blowout losses over the last 15 years. Their O/U trends are now 4-1 in their last 5 games overall, 22-9-1 in their last 32 conference games, and 1-5 in their last 6 neutral site games.

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Beating Kansas State - which scored seven points against a Vanderbilt team that has allowed 142 points in three Southeastern Conference losses - only muddles the narrative. The Longhorns spotted the Wildcats the game's first 10 points but rallied to take a 21-17 lead into halftime.

Ehlinger seems to have emerged from a simmering quarterback battle with 2016 starter Shane Buechele.

In addition to going 4-0 ATS in their last four games against Oklahoma, the Longhorns have two outright upsets over that stretch as double-digit underdogs. Before that they lost at USC in overtime 27-24 but covered easily as 17-point "dogs". In the wins over San Jose State and Kansas State, they averaged 48 points per game.

The irony is that if Texas is "back", its role in 2017 will be as a spoiler.

The Sooners entered an inconspicuous game against the Iowa State Cyclones last Saturday riding a 14-0 SU and 10-4 ATS run. It was the Sooners' first offensive possession of the second half, and set the tone for the rest of the game. It's Jerrod Heard, who had 527 total yards against California in 2015 and beat Oklahoma that season, only to flame out at quarterback and later switch positions. But a lost fumble at the Cyclones 5-yard line early in the second half became a two-score turnaround, and basically reversed momentum.

The Sooners defense has given up 38 and 41 points the last two weeks to teams they were favored by 28 and 31 points over.

The injury situation doesn't look good for Oklahoma heading into the Texas game (5:16). Five of those are DeShon Elliott's interceptions, all five came within the last three games. The desire to make the Big 12 great again has centered on Texas becoming a contender.

All college football odds and betting trends courtesy of Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark.

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