Texas Longhorns vs Mississippi Rebels Betting Odds Preview, Matchup and Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 8: David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the University of New Mexico Lobos on September 8, 2012 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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The Big 12 meets the SEC when the 2-0 Texas Longhorns and the 2-0 Rebels of Ole Miss get together in Oxford on Saturday (9:15 pm Eastern, ESPN).

This game opened earlier this week with Texas favored by 11 points at most college football betting outlets, with an "over/under"of 47.5. But since then, the Longhorns have been dropped a point to -10, while the total has been raised to 51, according to the odds menu at OddsShark.com.

"If you are looking for head-to-head comparisons between these teams, you can look way back," said Jack Randall, a football analyst at OddsShark.com."These two teams last met in the 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl, won by Texas 19-0. I don't think we can read much from that game that will apply here, unless somebody's grandfather played in that game."

Texas opened its season with a 37-17 victory over Wyoming and then last week blanked New Mexico 45-0. The 'Horns couldn't cover the spread as 31-point chalk over the Cowboys, but they did cover 39 points against the Lobos.

Texas outrushed Wyoming 280-69 and held the ball for 35 minutes, then went into the air for 285 yards in its win over New Mexico.

The Longhorns have 15 starters back this year from a team that went 8-5 last year, including four of the big boys along the offensive line.

Mississippi, meanwhile, opened its season with a 49-27 victory over FCS Central Arkansas. The Rebs actually trailed at the half 20-14. It recovered a fumble in the end zone to begin a 35-0 second-half run and eventually covered the spread as 20-point favorites.

Then last week Ole Miss beat UTEP 28-10, covering as eight-point chalk.

The Rebs returned eight starters on both sides of the ball for this, their first season under new head coach Hugh Freeze. 

With their two wins, the Longhorns have moved from No. 15 in the AP's preseason Top 25 poll to No. 14 this week. With their two wins, the Rebels have already equaled last year's victory total.



Free Pick

The Rebs are perfect for Coach Freeze, but that comes to an end Saturday night. We'll give the points and take Texas (courtesy of PickShark.com).


All quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted.