Texas Season Odds
AUSTIN, TX (TheSpread) – Is 2015 the season that the Texas Longhorns finally return to being a championships contender? Get the odds for this upcoming season.
According to oddsmakers at GTBets, Texas is currently listed with 66/1 odds to win the College Football Playoffs this upcoming season. The Longhorns are also getting odds of +900 to win the Big 12 Championship, while their over/under total for wins in 2015 has been set at just 6.
Charlie Strong is entering just his second season as head coach of the Longhorns. He is coming off a 6-7 record in his debut season of 2014 in which Texas was 5-4 in Big 12 play. Prior to his arrival in Texas, Strong was the head coach of Louisville for four seasons, where he went 37-15 overall and 20-9 in conference play.
Texas wasn’t a bad defensive team in 2014, holding opponents to just 23.8 points per game, but the offense was a mess. The Longhorns ranked 109th in points (21.4 per game), 101st in rushing (137.4 yards per game) and 90th in passing (199.9 yards per game). The offensive struggles can be partially attributed to Strong’s new system, but the talent the team had shouldn’t have led to such poor numbers. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is back to lead the offense. He threw for 2,409 yards with 13 touchdowns last year, but also has 11 interceptions. Johnathan Gray will be the primary running back this year, but Swoopes also can run. Texas loses its top two receivers from 2014, so it will need to quickly develop some play-making receivers.
Texas opens the season with a tough game against Notre Dame, but then hosts Rice and Cal in non-conference contests. Big 12 play will have Texas hosting Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas Tech while making road trips to TCU, Iowa State, West Virginia and Baylor. The Longhorns also have the neutral-site meeting with Oklahoma mid-season. This schedule doesn’t provide a lot of easy road trips, so if Texas continues to struggle on offense, it may have a hard time finding 6 wins.