After a long offseason, college football is just a couple of short months away. Longhorns fans will be looking to wash the bad taste of 202 from their mouths.
In Steve Sarkisian’s first season as head coach, Texas went 5-7, failing. This was a disappointing season, to say the least, and a downturn from Tom Herman’s last season in charge which ended with a victory in the Alamo Bowl after a 7-3 campaign.
Still, hope springs eternal, and many of the best online sportsbooks ranked by SportsbooksOnline.com have the Longhorns projected for a much more successful 2022 season, with a nice offseason headlined by new QB Quinn Ewers. Let’s dig into the odds and see what Texas’ best bets are.
Texas Win Total Over/Under (O/U 8.5)
After only winning 5 games last season, bookies think the Longhorns are primed and ready to bounce back.
It certainly won’t be easy, with teams like Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor on the docket. Texas will have to be nearly perfect in their other 8 games to stand a chance at eclipsing this mark, which isn’t exactly a walk in the park for a team that lost 4 games to unranked opponents last year.
Texas Odds to win the Big 12 (+250, 2nd)
Texas has the second-best odds to win the Big 12 championship in 2022, behind Oklahoma. Again, a bit generous to a squad that finished last season in 7th place.
But, there could be some regression at the top of the food chain. Oklahoma is almost certain to take a bit of a step back after the departure of Lincoln Riley, and the exodus of transfers that followed. Still
We all know that college football is cyclical, so maybe Vegas is on to something Texas can bounce back in a big way and make a run.
Texas Odds to Win the National Championship (+10000, T-16th)
National Championship odds are always a bit tricky since there is a ton of congestion at the top. The main contenders this year – Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and Clemson – have odds of +200, +350, +500, and +900, respectively. Outside of that group, no one has odds shorter than +2500.
Texas is in a glut of mid-tier teams, tied with Tennessee, LSU, and Florida, among others. There is value in this area, with the College Football Playoff providing more opportunity for teams to take their fates onto their own hands, but the Longhorns are definitely in the middle of the pack.
Bonus Futures Pick: Quinn Ewers to win Heisman (+4000, T-6th)
Texas has a few players in contention to take home the Heisman this year, with running back Bijan Robinson also in the top 10. However, the newcomer Ewers has to be the most enticing bet on the table.
One year removed from being 247Sports’ highest-rated recruit since Vince Young, the Southlake native transferred from Ohio State to his home state team. Steve Sarkisian’s offense showed flashes of potential last season, and with an ultra-talented signal-caller under center, there’s a big chance for a legit offensive explosion.
With a winning $10 bet paying out $400, it may be worth taking a flyer on Ewers.
Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook