Texas vs. Texas Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    Texas vs. Texas Tech prediction and game preview. The Longhorns host the explosive Red Raiders in a Texas state battle in Austin.

    November 20, 2015


    Texas (4-6) is still holding out hopes of going bowling, but it needs to win this week and come up with a victory over Baylor to close things out. Texas Tech (6-5) became bowl eligible last week against Kansas State, and now it’s time to try moving up the pecking order. It’s a Thanksgiving showdown that could become a huge deal for the future of the Texas program. Check out the Texas vs. Texas Tech prediction and game preview.

    Texas vs. Texas Tech Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Thursday, November 26th
    Game Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX

    Network: Fox Sports 1

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    Why You Need To Care

    What happens if Texas loses its last two games? It shouldn’t matter – going to a bowl game this year doesn’t mean the program is any closer to anything than it would be at 4-8 – but considering all the big coaching moves going on, Charlie Strong would be on thin ice if the team closes ugly. It’s not his fault, and the program needs time to rebuild, but it would make things easier if he comes up with a win after losing two of the last three games.

    Texas Tech got past a three-game losing streak to beat Kansas State and ease the pressure – this would’ve been a tense week if the Red Raiders needed the win to go bowling. The passing game is fun, the defense is a disaster, and it’s been a typical Texas Tech type of season. Could they end up in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl over the Liberty? A win over the Longhorns might make that happen.

    Why Texas Tech Will Win

    Can Texas stop good passing teams? It’s getting better, but it’s still not getting offenses off the field. The D did a nice job against West Virginia, but for the most part, the Longhorns are struggling a bit too much against teams that can move the chains. Ball control will be everything for Texas, but Texas Tech is phenomenal on third downs hitting on 50% of its chances in four of its last six games and for 54% of the time on the season. Can the Red Raiders keep things moving and keep the Longhorn D on its heels? Considering it cranks up first downs at a massive rate, they might set a pass Texas can’t keep up with.

    Why Texas Will Win

    Pound, pound, pound. The Texas running game hasn’t been special, but it’s been great lately with 274 yards or more in four of the last five games, winning three of them. With the emergence of D’Onte Foreman, and the running of Jerrod Heard, it’s clicking. Foreman has been the star, with 304 yards and three scores over the last two weeks. Considering the Red Raiders have allowed 200 rushing yards or more eight times, and they’ve allowed three touchdowns or more seven times in the last eight games, the Texas backfield should be ready to rock.

    Player Who Matters

    The Texas defense has cranked up the pass rush over the last few weeks, and it has to at least pressure the backfield and QB Patrick Mahomes as much as possible. LB Peter Jinkens has been the rising star, cranking out 5.5 sacks in the last four games to go along with 75 tackles on the year. The Longhorns have to be patient, and they can’t send the house against a passing attack that likes to do the quick-hitters to crank out the yards after the catch.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    With two weeks off to prepare, and with this the final home game of the year, Texas is going to rise up defensively, while the running game will take care of the tempo and the control of the game. The Red Raiders will have their moments, but 300 rushing yards will help the Longhorns set up a shot at a bowl bid next week against Baylor.

    Texas vs. Texas Tech Prediction

    Final Score: Texas 30, Texas Tech 17, Line: Texas -1, o/u: 72.5

    Must See Rating: 5: Creed – 1: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade … 3

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