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Texas vs. OU odds: Sooners are slight favorites

After a dominating 41-20 drubbing of Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, Oklahoma comes into the Red River Shootout as a slight -3 favorite over Texas in what could be one of the most unpredictable matchup between the two bitter rivals in many years.

For almost a decade, the game in Dallas has been one of the biggest of the college football season, with both schools coming in undefeated and playing for first place in the Big 12 South.

But now that the Big 12 has dropped to 10 members and eliminated the conference title game, both the Sooners and the Longhorns could find themselves on the outside of the conference race if they lose on Saturday.

Oklahoma was stunned by Kansas State in Norman, Okla., three weeks ago, while Texas fell to West Virginia in a thrilling 48-45 shootout last week.

The Longhorns will be expecting a lot more from David Ash and the offense than they got in 2011, when they were hamstrung by Ash's lack of experience and forced to play a conservative style that couldn't keep up with Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills.

Jones has struggled mightily since Broyles' injury and subsequent departure to the NFL, but the Texas defense, which many thought would be the strength of the team, may be an elixir, as they've displayed an astounding inability to wrap up and tackle players in the open field over the last three games.

The over-under is currently sitting at 61, as odds makers expect both Ash and Jones to come out firing on Saturday.

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