Texas Season Odds
(TheSpread) – The Texas Longhorns haven’t been a national title contender the last three seasons. Will that change this year?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Texas has been given 28/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Longhorns have also been given odds of +280 to win the Big 12 Championship and their over/under for wins this season has been set at 9.5.
Mack Brown is in his 16th season as head coach of Texas. The Longhorns have failed to win at least 10 games the last three years, coming off a 9-4 season in 2012 with a win in the Alamo Bowl. This year’s team has 20 starters back from the 2012 team.
Offensively, Texas is stacked with 10 starters back. The Longhorns averaged 35.7 points and 435 yards per game during the 2012 season, which shapes up for a lot of firepower this year. Quarterback David Ash is back for his junior season after throwing for 2,699 yards and 19 touchdowns last year. Ash has his top two targets in Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley back for the season. Those two combined for over 110 receptions and 1,600 yards last year. Johnathan Gray is also back in the backfield at running back and Ash returns his entire starting offensive line.
Texas’ defense was not solid a year ago. The Longhorns allowed 29.2 points and 404 yards per game in 2012. This biggest issue was the run defense, which gave up 192 yards per game, double the amount it allowed in 2011. This year’s defense has nine starters back, including six of the front seven. That should allow Texas to improve on those poor rushing numbers. Leading the team will be linebacker Steve Edmond, who had 103 tackles in 2012. Another strong player for the Texas defense is junior cornerback Quandre Diggs, who had four interceptions and seven pass deflections last season.
When it comes to wins, Texas has an uphill climb to 10 because of the improved Big 12 opponents. The Longhorns will hit the road to face the likes of BYU, TCU, West Virginia and Baylor this year. On the plus side, Texas gets to host Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Longhorns have two crucial games in the quest to 10, and that is the annual rivalry game with Oklahoma in Dallas on Oct. 12 and a non-conference home game against Ole Miss on Sept. 14.
For a look at the odds for the Texas Longhorns during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Texas Longhorns
BCS National Champion Odds: 28/1
Big 12 Conference Championship Odds: +280
Win Total: Over/Under 9.5