Texas (6-5) is slated to take on Texas Tech (5-6) this evening in Austin in the regular season finale. The Longhorns are looking to end the season on a three game winning streak with a win over the Red Raiders, while Kliff Kingsbury’s bunch needs a victory to become bowl eligible.
The HornSports staff gives their predictions for the regular season finale between the Longhorns and Red Raiders.
The Longhorns finish the season strong with a win over the Red Raiders. Sam Ehlinger continues to impress and the Longhorn running game has success for a second straight week. Texas improves its bowl credibility and sends the seniors out with their Horns up.
Prediction: Texas 42 Texas Tech 31
This team proved me wrong last week with a big win on the road in Morgantown last week. Now they have a chance to end the regular season on a high note on Senior Day and send them into the bowl season with momentum with a victory over Texas Tech.
This year has been a struggle for the Red Raiders. They don’t up basketball number defensively like they have in the past, but they still give up their fair share of yards and points. Their offense still tosses the ball around plenty, but they’ve shown they can struggle from time to time this year. Nic Shimonek isn’t Patrick Mahomes by any stretch, but still has been fairly productive.
This game is very important for the Red Raiders. A win in Austin gives them 6 wins and makes them bowl eligible, so you can bet they will be plenty motivated on Friday. While they haven’t been great this year, I wouldn’t expect them to roll over. Texas will need to come out and be physical early and take the fight out of them.
The last two games Tech has won were over Baylor and Kansas. They sandwiched four losses to West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Kansas State in between those wins. This is a game Texas can and should win.
Protect the football on offense and let the defense do what they’ve done most of the year and I think the Longhorns come out on top and end the season 7-5.
Prediction: Texas 34 Tech 21
After a monumental win in Morgantown last week, Texas is looking to secure its first winning season in over 3 years. The Longhorns are favored by a touchdown, but Texas Tech will not go down easily.
The Red Raiders have played good football at times this year. This Texas Tech squad actually reminds me a lot of a Charlie Strong led Texas team – decent for 3 quarters, bad enough for one to give the game away.
For Texas, the game plan changes tonight with the news that sophomore McLane Carter will get his first start. Carter is a Gilmer product that spent a year a Tyler Junior College before signing with Tech in 2017. The left-handed QB can sling it, and is also fairly mobile. Todd Orlando may have his hands full.
With the return of Connor Williams and Sam Ehlinger under center, I don’t see Texas losing this one. Scoring shouldn’t be much of an issue and the Texas defense will be hungry to get after an inexperienced QB. Going 7-5 after the way the regular season went would be huge for Tom Herman in his first year wearing burnt orange. I think that becomes a reality tonight.
Prediction: Texas 42 – TTU 28
It will be interesting to see how fired up Texas is for this game. After securing bowl eligibility last week, I wonder if Texas will come out flat and struggle finding a rhythm early. Texas Tech is fighting for their 6th win and possibility their head coach’s job. Kliff Kingsbury needs this win bad.
The return of Connor Williams gives me confidence that Texas will be able to move the ball on offense. The commitment to the running game was refreshing to see last week. Texas will need to play solid defense and control Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell.
In the end, I think Texas is able to get to the win. The Longhorns are playing with a ton of confidence and momentum. A 7-5 finish would be huge for recruiting and building towards a bowl game.
Prediction: Texas 35-21
And once again, the battle for the Chancellor’s Spurs is upon us. And this should prove to be another fun one, as it usually is between Texas and Texas Tech. Tech is still looking to be bowl eligible and could clench their berth with a win in Austin today versus the Longhorns, but don’t expect Texas to go out without a fight. Texas will be led by Sam Ehlinger who led the Longhorns to their victory in Morgantown last weekend, and he should be able to carve up one of the nation’s worst defenses in terms of total defense. I predict Texas winning a close one
Prediction: Texas 31 Texas Tech 24