Check out the Texas vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas (6-5) vs. Texas Tech (5-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
Unlike the last few seasons, there’s no stress for Texas.
It’s been an okay first season under Tom Herman, and now that the team secured bowl eligibility with a great win over West Virginia, it’s gravy time.
However, it would stink to lose at home to Texas Tech.
The pressure will come next year. Really, these Longhorns should’ve made more noise in the Big 12 title chase, but close losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State ruined that. Again, it’s all fine in Year One, but lose to the Red Raiders, and Texas fans will be a bit grouchy.
You don’t want grouchy Texas fans going into the offseason.
Win, and the potential is there for an eight-win run with a boatload of expectations for 2018.
Texas Tech, though, has to win or that’s it.
Losers of five of their last six games and with only the free space conference wins over Kansas and Baylor to get excited about, beating Texas to become bowl eligible would make the season.
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
Unlike last year, the Texas defense has been a rock at times. Fantastic on third downs, there’s a solid pass rush, the run defense is the eighth-best in the country, and the secondary has been among the best in the conference at times.
That’s a bad thing for a Texas Tech offense that suffered a power outage against TCU last week.
The big issue? The Red Raiders can’t put the biscuit in the basket, truckling way, way, way too much in the red zone. It lost to Kansas State because it managed to score just once on three trips inside the 20, and it scored just one of four times in against TCU when it got deep.
The Texas D is fantastic at not breaking – it’s 27th in the nation in red zone D.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
If Nic Shimonek and the passing game aren’t rolling, they’re going to need easy points.
The Red Raider D needs to have one of its crazy takeaway games.
Texas has been relatively careful with the ball, when Texas Tech is able to come up with fumbles and make things happen, it wins.
The team is 4-0 this season when forcing four takeaways and it’s only been on the negative side of the turnover margin twice. The turnovers might have slowed for the Longhorns, but they’ve given it up two times or more four times.
What’s Going To Happen
There won’t be anything scintillating about what Texas will do. It’ll play great defense. it’ll come up with a decent day on the ground, and the quarterbacks will be effective enough to keep the Sam Ehlinger vs. Shane Beuchele argument going.
But winning will look pretty to Longhorn fans no matter how it happens. It’s been three years since Texas won a home finale.
Ready for crazy? Since playing for the national title in 2009, Texas has lost six of its last seven home finales.
But things are different now under Herman.
Texas vs. Texas Tech Prediction
Texas 27, Texas Tech 13
Texas -10.5, o/u: COMING
5: Thanksgiving dessert
1: Thanksgiving dinner … 3.5
Must See Rating
5: The inside of your eyelids for Thanksgiving nap
1: The Star … 3