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The Texas Longhorns will be hoping to halt a two-game losing streak when they visit the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night. Texas is coming off consecutive setbacks against Oklahoma State and West Virginia. The Red Raiders have dropped two in a row of their own at the hands of Iowa State and Oklahoma.
Things have gone downhill for the Longhorns since their 48-45 win over rival Oklahoma on Oct. 6. They followed that up with an unceremonious 23-17 victory over Baylor before falling in succession to Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Texas played another thriller against the Mountaineers, ultimately falling 42-41.
Afterward, the Longhorns were relegated to whining about WVU’s perceived disrespect. Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier scored what proved to be a game-winning two-point conversion and flashed a ‘Horns down’ sign in the endzone. Wide receiver David Sills V had previously done the same following a touchdown earlier in the game.
“I remember every single team/player that disrespects the rich tradition of the University of Texas by putting the Horns down,” Ehlinger posted on Twitter. “Do not think it will be forgotten in the future.”
“I thought taunting before you cross the goal line negated a score,” UT head coach Tom Herman noted. “I’ve got to brush up on my rules and get some questions answered.”
Who’s in at quarterback?
Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman went 21-of-26 for 227 yards with two touchdowns in the first half of last week’s 51-46 loss Oklahoma, helping the Red Raiders take a 31-28 lead. However, Bowman was hit in the head with an errant football while he was warming up for the second half and did not return to the game. Other reports indicated that the freshman was sidelined stemming from issues related to a previously collapsed lung. Whatever the case, sophomore Jett Duffey replaced Bowman and completed nine of 17 passes for 139 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Duffey also rushed for 47 yards and scored his fourth TD of the 2018 campaign on the ground.
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Either way, Texas Tech looks like a well-oiled machine on offense. The team has scored at least 31 points in three straight outings, including at least 46 on two of those three occasions. Still, head coach Kliff Kingsbury was not in the mood to answer quarterback questions during a radio interview earlier this week.
“We just use [Bowman] when he’s on the field,” Kingsbury commented. “And then if he’s in the hospital, he’s on his own.”
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are:
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight overall
- 4-1 ATS in their last five home games
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Big 12
The Texas Longhorns are:
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last five overall
- 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight November games
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games on fieldturf
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Duffey has been more than serviceable whenever he has filled in for Bowman this season, so the home team should be in good hands regardless of the player under center. Texas Tech is No. 1 in the Big 12 in passing offense and second in both total offense and scoring offense. That is bad news for a Texas team that may be lacking confidence at the moment.
Prediction: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Full-Game Total Pick
Big 12 teams rarely play defense and Texas Tech plays none of it, but the Longhorns are at least somewhat capable of containing the oppositions’s offense. Texas is fifth in the conference in scoring defense, sixth in total defense, and fourth in rushing defense. The visitors may get an additional boost if Bowman is sidelined this weekend. The under is 45-22 in the Longhorns’ last 67 overall, 10-3 in their last 13 on the road, 29-10 in their last 39 against winning opponents, and 16-6 in their last 22 on fieldturf. It is also 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams and 4-0 in Texas’ last four trips to Texas Tech. Look for this one to stay under the total.