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Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners: Betting Odds, Analysis and Prediction

The Texas Longhorns pulled off a big upset in last year’s Red River Rivalry game and will look to do the same thing Saturday when they meet the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Longhorns beat the Sooners 36-20 as 13.5-point underdogs in 2013 and will face a similar spread this time around.


Point spread: The Sooners opened as 14.5-point favorites at the Cotton Bowl, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (Line updates and matchup report).


Odds Shark computer prediction: 40.2-25.9 Sooners


Why the Texas Longhorns can cover the spread

Texas did it last season and will face a similar challenge this year as a double-digit dog. The Longhorns will get an Oklahoma team in a potential letdown spot after the Sooners lost at TCU last week.

With the Sooners no longer unbeaten, they may not be as motivated to win big and impress the pollsters to stay in consideration for one of the four playoff berths at the end of the season.

Last year, Texas ran the ball all over Oklahoma with 255 rushing yards on 60 carries. The Longhorns also got interception and punt return touchdowns, so it will likely take that kind of effort on both defense and special teams to knock off the Sooners for the second season in a row.


Why the Oklahoma Sooners can cover the spread

While Oklahoma could possibly be suffering from a letdown following last week’s loss, that setback could also work to the team’s advantage here as the Sooners simply cannot afford to overlook Texas right now. Another upset loss would most likely end any chance Oklahoma has of making it into the four-team playoff field, and an impressive win can only help the team’s case.

The Sooners will have a different quarterback under center in Trevor Knight, as last year’s starter Blake Bell is now lining up at tight end. Bell was terrible in last year’s game, completing 12 of 26 passes for 133 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.


Smart Pick

The Longhorns have been awful this season, much worse than last year’s edition. They could only muster one touchdown in a 28-7 home loss to Baylor last week and will be hard-pressed to score much more than that against an angry Oklahoma team.

The Sooners are 3-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last four meetings with Texas and 7-2 versus the line in their past nine overall, so they are in much better form regardless of last week’s loss.

The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and have struggled to move the ball with sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Look for those struggles to continue against Oklahoma here in a big win for the Sooners.



  • The total has gone under in four of Texas' last five games on the road.
  • Oklahoma is 5-0 straight up in its last five games at home.


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TCU Horned Frogs vs. Baylor Bears Betting Odds: Analysis and Prediction

The only two unbeaten teams left in the Big 12 will clash on Saturday when the TCU Horned Frogs visit the Baylor Bears. The Horned Frogs are an impressive 6-1 against the spread in their last seven meetings with the Bears, who have won and covered their past 13 home games, including the last eight against Big 12 opponents.


Point spread: Bears opened as 11-point favorites at McLane Stadium, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).


Odds Shark computer prediction: 50.6-35.7 Bears


Why the TCU Horned Frogs can cover the spread

TCU continues to get a lack respect from oddsmakers, who have made the Horned Frogs double-digit road underdogs at Baylor despite their recent success in the series. The Bears won last season’s meeting 41-38 but failed to cover the 13.5-point spread and lost the previous home matchup with TCU, 49-21, two years ago as a six-point favorite.

In fact, Baylor has not beaten the Horned Frogs by more than three points since earning a 42-18 victory back in 1994. TCU has covered its past six dating back to last season, including three as an underdog in games decided by four points or less.


Why the Baylor Bears can cover the spread

There’s a good reason the Bears continue to be favored by double digits in games this year, and that’s because they have not won a game by less than 21 points. Baylor’s two closest losses were each decided by 21 points, and both still covered the spread.

The Bears beat Texas 28-7 on the road last week as 14-point favorites, which is the only time this season they have been favored by less than 20 points. Baylor’s offense is just so explosive and capable of scoring in bunches, making it difficult to set numbers on the team’s games, especially at home where they have a 13-game winning streak.


Smart Pick

The last loss for the Horned Frogs came at home against Baylor to close out last year. While they suffered through a disappointing 4-8 campaign in 2013, they still finished the season strong by covering their last two, which has carried over to this year.

TCU’s Gary Patterson remains one of the best coaches in the country and seems to know how to keep up with the Bears on the scoreboard. Patterson may not always beat his Baylor counterpart Art Briles, but he has done a great job hanging tough throughout their history of coaching against each other. For that reason, watch for the Horned Frogs to stay within striking distance yet again and at least remain undefeated against the spread this season.



  • TCU is 2-5 straight up in its last seven games on the road.
  • The total has gone over in eight of Baylor's last 11 games at home.


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Watch High Schooler Make Freakish J.J. Watt Pick-6

Charles Wade makes an incredibly athletic play in this high school football game that will make you have flashbacks of J.J. Watt in Week 4 of the NFL.

Charles Wade is listed as an athlete and is committed to Wake Forest, according to 247Sports. 

Is this better than the J.J. Watt interception?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Odds: Analysis and Prediction

Two Pac-12 teams that are both coming off tough home losses last week as double-digit favorites will try to rebound at the Rose Bowl when the Oregon Ducks visit the UCLA Bruins. The Ducks have won the last five meetings with the Bruins, but the teams have split the past six head-to-head matchups against the spread.


Point Spread: The Ducks opened as three-point favorites at Rose Bowl, but the spread has increased to 3.5 points as of Tuesday morning.

Odds Shark Computer Prediction: Ducks 42.2, Bruins 31.4


Why the Oregon Ducks Can Cover the Spread

Oregon has dominated the series recently, winning the last five meetings by an average of nearly 23 points. The Ducks ran into a very good Arizona team last week that seems to have their number, beating them for the second year in a row as 21.5-point underdogs, 31-24.

UCLA does not have that same mental edge here, and Oregon should be able to take advantage of a Bruins squad that has underachieved most of this season outside of a rout of Arizona State two weeks ago.

This is also a Heisman Trophy showcase game between two players who could be picked early in next year’s NFL draft. Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota performed well in last year’s 42-14 victory against the Bruins while UCLA’s Brett Hundley did not.

Mariota should be extra motivated to outplay Hundley again.


Why the UCLA Bruins Can Cover the Spread

The Bruins had higher expectations going into this year and are a better team regardless of last week’s 30-28 home loss to Utah as 13-point favorites.

Maybe they were caught looking ahead to this game against Oregon, but UCLA still has an opportunity to bounce back in this spot as a home dog and can learn a lot from the Wildcats, who upset the Ducks last week.

Oregon is not invincible and also struggled on the road prior to its bye, needing a late touchdown to fend off Washington State in a 38-31 victory as a 21.5-point favorite.

Now that the Bruins have seen the Ducks have weaknesses like almost every other team, they should not be intimidated anymore.


Smart Pick

Oregon has failed to cover its last three road games and started showing signs of concern in the Pac-12 opener at Washington State. The Ducks are not the dominant team many thought they were heading into the season, and they have been exposed in their last two games.

Even though UCLA has covered the spread in just one game this season, the Bruins were playing on national TV when they routed Arizona State 62-27 and may have just fallen flat knowing Oregon was coming to town next after Utah.

Whatever the case may be, the Bruins have no excuses not to play their best game of the season against the Ducks and get revenge for losing the last five meetings.



  • Oregon is 13-2 straight up in its last 15 games on the road.
  • UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last six games at home.


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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Notre Dame Betting Odds: Analysis and Prediction

The North Carolina Tar Heels were supposed to contend for a division title in the ACC this season. Instead, they've been one of the bigger disappointments in college football so far and one of the worst bets, going 0-5 against the spread. Carolina now packs its bags for an ACC road trip to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon.


Point spread: The Fighting Irish opened as 16-point favorites at Notre Dame Stadium, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).


Odds Shark computer prediction: 30.9-20.3 Fighting Irish


Why the North Carolina Tar Heels can cover the spread

The Heels started 2-0 this year, so it's not like they don't know how to win games. But after three straight losses, in which they gave up 154 points, it's become a tough task to come up with reasons to back them financially.

Carolina is averaging 36 points per game, led by dual-threat quarterback Marquise Williams, who has thrown for 1,000 yards and nine scores and has run for 240 yards and two more touchdowns. After falling behind big in their last two games, they've rallied and had chances to cover. They're also fairly healthy, which is good. Perhaps the Heels can live up to preseason expectations and give the Irish a battle Saturday.


Why the Notre Dame Fighting Irish can cover the spread

The Irish are 5-0 straight up and 4-1 ATS this season

They beat Stanford 17-14 last week, winning outright as two-point home dogs. Notre Dame outgained the Cardinal 370-205 and outrushed them 129-47. The Irish harassed Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan into an 18-for-36 passing performance with two interceptions, and they got a game-winning touchdown pass from Everett Golson on a 4th-and-11 with a minute to go.

The Irish are now 15-1 SU and 10-5-1 ATS in games Golson has started at quarterback.


Smart Pick

Until North Carolina demonstrates it can stop somebody on defense, it cannot be considered a viable betting option. The Heels gave up 29 points to Liberty in the season opener, 70 to East Carolina and 50 to Clemson. And you can't cover spreads if you can't get your defense off the field. So the pick here goes with the Golden Domers, minus the points.



  • North Carolina is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road.
  • Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last five games at home.


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Cop Protecting Nick Saban Shoves Field-Rushing Fan to the Ground with Stiff-Arm

Opposing players and coaches often find themselves in a dangerous spot when fans rush the field after a game. It's key for the visiting team to have security like this by its side.

Ole Miss fans stormed the field on Saturday after the Rebels upset the Alabama Crimson Tide, 23-17. One fan was running straight at Nick Saban as he worked his way off the field, but the kid was no match for the muscle protecting the Alabama coach.

Let this hand to the throat be a lesson to anyone who gets in the way of an opposing player or coach during postgame madness. Especially Saban. Don't mess with Saban.


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