The battle of Texas kicks off at 7:30pm ET on Saturday November 10th, 2018 as the Texas Longhorns travel to Jones AT&T Stadium to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Big 12 showdown. As the Red Raiders look to win at home and gain bragging rights in Texas, the Longhorns will look to avoid an upset loss on the road while almost certainly knocking them out of any chance of playing in the Big 12 Championship Game.
As we look at this matchup the big question leading into this matchup is can the Longhorns offense keep pace with the type of scoring potential of the Red Raiders? The Red Raiders enter ranked 9th averaging just below 43 points a game while the Longhorns enter ranked 40th scoring just below 33 points a game. As you look deeper into the numbers, the Red Raiders offensive attack comes from their prolific passing attack that ranks 2nd in NCAA Football averaging over 375 yards per contest.
Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball neither team ranks near the top as both enter allowing more than 400 yards of offense per game and over 26 points. Now these two teams will square off on Saturday in a contest that could be one of the highest scoring games of the weekend.
Here are the keys to the game for both the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday November 10th, 2018 @ Jones AT&T Stadium.
NCAA Football Keys to the Game
Texas Longhorns – Shut Down the Pass
One of the biggest keys to success on Saturday will come from their ability to stop the pass on the defensive side of the ball. On the year, the Longhorns rank 103rd in the NCAA allowing more than 256 yards per game through the air. Along with those struggles, the team ranks just 94th with only 15 sacks through their first nine contests of the season. While big question marks revolve around the health of Alan Bowman, the Longhorns will need to shutdown whichever quarterback is under center. On Saturday the Longhorns will need to get creative and aggressive while forcing Bowman or Jeff Duffey to make mistakes. Bowman has connected on just below 70 percent of his passes on the year while throwing 17 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions. Duffey has completed 60 percent of his passes in a limited roll.
Texas Tech Red Raiders – Put the Ball in the End Zone
For the Red Raiders on Saturday their advantage comes from their high prolific offense that can put a ton of points on the board. In this matchup the club will need to avoid leaving points on the field by settling for field goals. The Longhorns are averaging 10 points fewer per contest then the Red Raiders while scoring more than 40 points in just two of their contests. The Red Raiders have scored more than 40 points five times this season.
NCAA Football Betting Trends
Texas Longhorns – The Longhorns enter this showdown as a slight favorite despite making the trip to the Red Raiders stadium. Overall on the year the Longhorns have struggled for sports handicappers covering the spread in just three of their first nine contests while failing to cover in both of their road contests. Along with those struggles the Longhorns have covered just one of their last eight games played in November. That said the team has been very good against teams with a winning record covering the spread in 11 of their last 18 games against teams with a winning record.
Texas Tech Red Raiders – Despite playing to just a 5-4 overall record, the Red Raiders have been a solid pick for sports handicappers this year based on their ability to put points on the board. On the year the Red Raiders are 6-3 against the spread while posting an impressive 4-1 mark at Jones AT&T Stadium. Along with that success the Red Raiders have covered the spread in five of their last six games against teams with a winning record and in five straight contests following their own loss.
Head 2 Head – These two teams are very familiar with each over with the Longhorns controlling the series winning 50 of their 67 total matchups including four straight on the road including covering the spread in each of those contests. Along with that success the Longhorns have covered the spread in six of their last eight overall meetings.
What’s next for these two teams?
Texas Longhorns – The Longhorns will return home to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday November 17th, 2018.
Texas Tech Red Raiders – The Red Raiders will head on the road to take on the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday November 17th, 2018.