The #9 Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0) bring a two game winning streak against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0, 0-0) as they travel to Lubbock for Saturday’s Big 12 opener for both teams. The Longhorns are the favorite by almost 18 points, but does Texas Tech have enough to pull of the upset win over Sam Ehlinger and Texas?
The HornSports staff shares their thoughts and score prediction for tomorrow’s game at Jones Stadium in Lubbock.
Texas matches up well in this game. The Longhorns appear to have a lot of depth at receiver and displayed an explosive passing attack week 1. Meanwhile, Texas Tech had no answer for Houston Baptist offensively and looked very lost at times. The only way the Red Raiders will be able to stay in this game will be getting into a shootout and getting a turnover or two. As long as Texas takes care of the ball and doesn’t shoot itself in the foot, they should open Big 12 play with a victory.
Score Prediction: Texas 45, Texas Tech 24
Fun stat – The over has hit 81% of the time in Texas Tech’s last 11 games as an underdog. The over/under for this contest is 70, so expect a high scoring affair. Despite the fact that Texas Tech barely held on to beat a Houston Baptist team, they should show up to play against one of the premier teams in the Big-12. There’s no secret that the Big-12 is struggling this season – Oklahoma and Texas are carrying the load for the conference. Sam Ehlinger and company in this shortened season are on a mission. Despite playing just one half against UTEP, Sam Ehlinger threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns. Expect similar numbers from the Heisman hopeful in Lubbock as Texas makes easy work of the Red Raiders whilst covering the 18 point spread.
Score Prediction: Texas 51, Texas Tech 20
Lubbock can be a scary place for the Longhorns, however Sam Ehlinger’s performance should keep the tortilla throwing to a minimum. Texas Tech quarterback, Alan Bowman, is set to face the Longhorns for the first time in his career. In order to give the Red Raiders a chance, Bowman will be forced to go toe-to-toe with Sam Ehlinger.
In their season opener, the Red Raiders allowed 572 passing yards against Houston Baptist. As a result, guys like Tarik Black and Joshua Moore could have a huge game for the Longhorns. Furthermore, Texas’s defensive front will have the challenge of stopping running back, SaRodorick Thompson, who had an impressive performance in Tech’s opener. With all that being said, the Longhorns have to easily win games like these in order to be considered for the College Football Playoff.
Score Prediction: Texas 48, Texas Tech 20
Early season predictions are always a crapshoot, especially after the Longhorns play arguably the worst team in the FBS. However, Texas Tech almost fell to a poor FCS team which included giving up 567 yards to a guy named Zappe. This is a great opportunity for Herman and his new-look Longhorns to prove they’re finally prepared to play on the road and aren’t satisfied with allowing inferior competition to hang around. Texas’ ability to get the ball to multiple WRs should be more than enough to leave Lubbock with a comfortable win, but the run game and pass rush need to show their faces for good measure. The year is young and many questions need to be answered, but Texas by double digits.
Score Prediction: Texas 42, Texas Tech 20
In Tom Herman’s press conference on Monday he made mention not to judge a team by its Game 1 performance, win or lose. Tech struggled against Houston Baptist and Texas cruised to an easy win over a poor UTEP team. Both teams are known for their prolific offenses, and through one game, both sit in the Top 5 in total offense (Texas #1 and Texas Tech #5). Lubbock is typically a hostile environment for opponents and the Longhorns have had some tough games over the years at Jones Stadium. But I expect Texas and to be up to the task and take care of the Red Raiders handily, thanks to the consistent play of Sam Ehlinger. Tech quarterback Alan Bowman will get his shot at Texas, and talented running back SaRodorick Thompson is expected to play despite an arrest last week for street racing. Expect a big day from the Texas offense and a ground game that produces more than we saw against the Miners.
Score Prediction: Texas 49, Texas Tech 17
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