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Texas vs. Texas Tech: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 match up in our Texas Tech vs. Texas preview and prediction!

Game Info

Friday, November 29th, 2019; 11 a.m. CST; Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium; Austin Texas

TV: FOX (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman)

Radio: Longhorn IMG Network (Craig Way); Texas Tech Sports Network (Brian Jensen); ESPN Radio; Sirius 80, XM 390

Opening Line: Texas -10

Fun Fact: Texas Tech and Texas will meet for the 69th time in history and the 60th-consecutive year Friday afternoon in Austin. The Longhorns control a 51-17 all-time advantage in the series, which includes a 30-7 mark in games played in the state capital.

 

Key Players

Texas Longhorns

QB Sam Ehlinger

Despite the team’s mediocrity, Ehlinger is having a really good season. He ranks third in the Big 12 in passing yards per game behind Brock Purdy and Jalen Hurts. He’s fourth in passing efficiency is third in total yards per game. Ehlinger ranks top 15 in the country in total offense, completions per game, points responsible for, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s thrown 27 touchdowns to just nine interceptions and he continues to be a reliable rusher, ranking second on the team with over 500 rushing yards.

S Brandon Jones

Jones ranks in the Top 10 in the Big 12 this season in tackles per game at 7.2. As a senior, it’s his last home game with Texas and he’ll be looking to make a statement. He has 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, along with two interceptions and one fumble recovery. As a leader in the secondary, he will be needed going up against a very solid passing game.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

QB Jett Duffey

In seven starts, completing 66% of his passes for 331 yards/game with 16 touchdowns to five interceptions. To Duffey’s credit, he’s actually turned in a very respectable season in place of Alan Bowman. In Big 12 play, he ranks fourth in passing efficiency behind Jalen Hurts, Brock Purdy and Charlie Brewer. Duffey is about to get a chance against a Longhorns’ pass defense that ranks eighth in the Big 12.

DE Eli Howard

He has 29 career starts and has been in on a sack in five Big 12 games this season. His 4.5 sacks overall have all come in conference play, which ranks him tied for fourth in the conference. He also has 5.5 tackles for loss this season and now gets to go up against an offensive line that has given up the most sacks in the Big 12.

 

Key Storylines

Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns are going to need Sam Ehlinger to will them to a win on Friday. Texas is wrapping up a disappointing season and Senior Day kicks off at 11 a.m. They’ll need a little juice to get going early and it’s most likely for Ehlinger to be that spark plug as he’s been all season. Tech has struggled against the pass, ranking eighth in defensive efficiency in the Big 12, so Ehlinger should try and get the passing game going and hope that that gives Texas some opportunities in the running game, where they’ve struggled all season long.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders have been surprisingly good running the ball with SaRondrick Thompson, Ta’Zhawn Henry and Armand Shyne in the back field. Tech is middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 with 152.8 rushing yards per game and gets the Longhorns, who rank 8th in the Big 12 against the rush. Plus, Jett Duffey has some wheels at QB and should have opportunities on the ground and through the air.

Prediction

Texas 35, Texas Tech 31

Both defenses have been suspect this season, so I expect points to be scored by both teams. The Longhorns are home and while Tom Herman seemed shell-shocked after his team dropped to 6-5 last week, I don’t think he wants to, or can, stumble his way to a 6-6 season. Tech is already out of bowl contention this season, so there is far more on the line for Texas in this game, which is often what it comes down to in a game like this.

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