Texas Longhorns College Football Betting
With an 11-1 record and a win at Alabama, the Texas Longhorns control their destiny for the College Football Playoff. But a slip-up against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Saturday’s Big 12 championship game would blow the season for head coach Steve Sarkisian’s Horns. Oklahoma State is scrappy, resourceful, and fearless. The Cowboys will not be an easy out.
College Football Betting Lines
Big 12 Championship Game - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Oklahoma State Cowboys +14
Texas Longhorns -14
Money Line: Oklahoma State +447, Texas -600
Texas Longhorns Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 2, 2023, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will face the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Kickoff time is 12 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ABC.
Last game, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won 40-34 against the BYU Cougars as 17-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 56. OSU has a record of 9-3 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. Oklahoma State ranks 30th for total offense, 37th for passing, 57th for rushing and 49th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 115th overall, 113th against the pass, 104th against the rush, and 78th for points allowed. Also, Oklahoma State ranks 27th for fewest turnovers lost and 54th for takeaways.
Texas Longhorns Weekly Recap
Last game, the Texas Longhorns won 57-7 against the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 14-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 52.5. Texas has a record of 11-1 straight up, 6-5-1 against the spread, and 4-8 over/under the total. Texas ranks 14th for total offense, 32nd for passing, 25th for rushing and 22nd for scoring. Defensively, they rank 27th overall, 96th against the pass, 5th against the rush, and 12th for points allowed. Also, Texas ranks 86th for fewest turnovers lost and 13th for takeaways.
Keilan Robinson returned a kickoff 95 yards for one of his two touchdowns, Bert Auburn made five field goals, and Texas overwhelmed Texas Tech on Friday night to reach the Big 12 championship game.
Leaving with Oklahoma for the Southeastern Conference after this season, Texas has won six straight since a loss to Oklahoma.
Texas Tech was outgained 528 yards to 198. Quarterback Behren Morton was 5-0 in games he started and finished this season before Friday. But hounded by a fierce Texas pass rush, he completed 19 of 36 for only 88 yards with three interceptions. His Texas counterpart, Quinn Ewers, threw for 196 yards and one touchdown against one interception. Ewers was 17 of 26.
In addition to celebrating a big win, Longhorns fans witnessed something they've waited for all season. Freshman quarterback Arch Manning, the nephew of quarterback royalty Peyton and Eli, made his Longhorn debut in the second half. He completed 2 of 5 passes for 30 yards. Sarkisian said the second-team quarterback suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder when he was hit on the sideline during Robinson's kickoff return for a touchdown.
2023 Texas Longhorns Football Schedule
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Texas has a total of four claimed and five unclaimed national championships. Their last title was in 2005, which was their first since 1970. This stunning fact indicates a good program but hardly the juggernaut it considers itself to be. Texas has an impressive 32 conference championships.
Former head coach Mack Brown showed the potential of the Texas program. Brown led the Longhorns to the 2005 and 2009 national championship games. From 2001 through 2009, Brown led Texas to the final top ten national rankings six times.
Following a loss in the 2009 national championship game to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas rapidly declined and has never been close to reaching that level. Brown vehemently denies it, but the program turned soft in his final years. A sense of entitlement took over the program. In fact, Texas began being derided as the “tea sippers.”
Texas dominated the Big 12 Conference board room, which led to that sense of entitlement. ESPN gave the Longhorns their own network, and the Big 12 caved to almost all of the Longhorns' demands. It caused karma that damaged the program and removed its hard edge.
2023 College Football Schedule
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