Texas vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas vs. Texas Tech Broadcast
Date: Friday, November 29th
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
Texas (6-5) vs. Texas Tech (4-7) Game Preview
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Why Texas Tech Will Win
Turn the passing game loose.
This might not be the high-powered offensive Texas Tech fun show that everyone knew and loved, but it’s a good attack that’s averaging 318 yards per game through the air and still getting the job done to keep things moving.
Jett Duffey has added the mobile element that’s been lacking from the attack, and he’s also consistently hitting the 300-yard mark lately with more downfield passes and big plays. He threw two picks against Kansas State, but for the most part he hasn’t been making mistakes.
The Texas secondary got hit for too many shots against Baylor, is allowing 200 yards per game getting off the bus, and overall the team just isn’t sharp enough.
It’s not making the key plays in big moments in the run of three losses in the last four games.
Speaking of not being able to win the tight battles …
Why Texas Will Win
Texas Tech was able to whack around West Virginia, but it has lost three of its last four games and four of its last six by three points or fewer.
The Texas secondary might be rocky, but the Texas Tech defensive backfield is having massive problems – it’s the worst in the Big 12.
The turnover margin was an issue against Kansas State, and the run defense was the problem against TCU, but the secondary was bombed on for close to 500 yards against West Virginia, gave up over 400 to Kansas, and isn’t doing enough to get off the field.
Sam Ehlinger hasn’t been boring away like he did earlier in the season, but when he’s averaging nine yards or more per throw, Texas is 4-0. Last year he hit Texas Tech for 312 yards and four scores in the 41-34 win – averaging over nine yards per throw. This year, the Red Raiders are giving up 8.9 yards per pass.
Ehlinger is going to bomb away when needed.
What’s Going To Happen
It’ll be another tight game for both teams. It doesn’t matter for Texas – it’s already bowl eligible – but with the collapse over the last part of the season, it would be a big, big problem for Tom Herman to lose this.
He’s not on any real hot seat, but even with the upcoming bowl game, it would be a massive negative to lose to a mediocre Texas Tech team at home.
The last four losses have all been away from Austin, and the last three home games were wins. The Texas offense will be a wee bit more efficient and consistent than Texas Tech’s when it’ll have to be.
Texas vs. Texas Tech Prediction, Line
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