Texas Tech will have their hands full Saturday night going up against a tough Texas football team that almost upset the Alabama Crimson Tide; the then number one ranked team in the country. Judging by the Texas and Texas Tech standings, this matchup is sure to be a good one you don’t want to miss.
Continue reading for a breakdown of a big game this week on the NCAAF schedule with our best Texas vs. Texas Tech betting picks.
Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Raiders
Texas vs. Texas Tech Last Score Records
The Longhorns opened up their 2022 season with a big win over LA Monroe. Seemingly scoring at will, Texas crushed Monroe 52-10.
Even with a loss, the Longhorns really established themselves in week two. Up late, Texas nearly pulled off the upset of the year against Alabama, losing 20-19 with a last-second field goal.
Last week against UTSA, it was back to regularly scheduled programming for the Longhorns. Texas won in blowout fashion by a score of 42-20.
Following last week’s crushing against UTSA, the Longhorns are 2-1.
Texas Tech Raiders:
Texas Tech started off 2022 with a bang. Against Murray State, the Raiders put on a show in front of their home crowd, crushing Murray State 63-10.
In week two, Texas Tech got its first taste of real competition against Houston. The Raiders pulled out a 33-30 victory in an overtime shootout.
Going up against the 12th-ranked team in the country, the Longhorns suffered their first taste of defeat last week.
NC State made relatively easy work of Texas Tech, beating the Raiders 14-27 and knocking them down to a four-way tie for fifth place in the Big 12 with Texas at 2-1.
Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Raiders Analysis
The Longhorns have a pretty solid passing game. They’re not necessarily going to beat you over the top too much, but they can go over the top.
The short, intermediate routes are where they flourish and they’re not afraid to put together methodical 12-15 play drives.
NCAAF Player Stats
The ground game is somewhat of a work in progress. While the Longhorns don’t have a dominant running back that’s going to dominate NCAAF player stats, they do have a solid offensive play.
The O-Line has no problem holding their own and opening up lanes for their running backs to go 5-7 yards untouched.
The defensive side of the ball is probably where Texas is at their strongest, while fatigue can sometimes be a weakness late in games, but when you hold Alabama to 20 points, you’re doing alright.
The Longhorns are solid against the run with a stout front seven. They can sometimes get beat along the edges against speedy running backs; they more than make up for it with their beefy linemen.
In the secondary, Texas is more than capable of holding its own. They do have a tendency to occasionally give up the big play, but their cornerbacks don’t get beat muchand when they do, the red zone defense is forcing field goals, limiting the big play impact.
Texas Tech Raiders:
Offensively, the Raiders are strong with their passing attack. The problem for Texas Tech is they aren’t great in any areas of their passing attack; they are just good everywhere. Sometimes good just isn’t good enough, and that is the problem the Raiders face.
On the ground, the Raiders look to their offensive line to create plays on the ground, which they have been doing a decent job so far this season.
Raiders Have to Step Up
The big guys up front are really going to have to step up if the Raiders are going to have a chance at establishing a run game in this matchup.
Texas Tech is no slouch on the defensive side of the ball by any stretch of the imagination, that’s for sure. Their secondary can hold their own against any receiving core, and that’s what we’re in store for Saturday night.
Odds Breakdown for the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Raiders
Here are the Texas vs. Texas Tech betting odds:
Texas Longhorns: The Longhorns are seven-point favorites with money line odds of -260
Texas Tech Raiders: The Raiders are seven-point underdogs and +220 to win the game outright.
Texas vs. Texas Tech Betting Picks and Predictions
For my Texas vs. Texas Tech betting prediction, I’m taking the Raiders to cover the spread and to win straight.
The market has really overreacted to the Longhorns, almost upsetting Alabama, and Texas is not as good as advertised.
Pick 1: Texas Tech +7
Pick 2: Texas Tech Raiders +220
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