The Red Raiders had a great morale lifting win in OT last week against TCU. This week the Texas Longhorns come to Lubbock in what should shape out into being another tough contest. Both teams sit at 4-4, so this is a very important game for both squads. Who wins? Who gets one game closer to bowl eligibility?
Texas in Lubbock, the game we have all circled on our calendar so many times that our markers have ran out of ink. This game will be intense, with a lot of heart on both sides of the ball, and our crowd is going to be electric, I'm talkin' packed. The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable regardless of it being an 11am game. Texas always comes to play against us, but we have a very different and experienced squad this year, and I think as long as we can find a way to stop their run game we will pull this one off. And just for giggles I'm calling it 39-33 Tech.
Texas Tech 39, Texas 33
Texas Tech is coming off of a big road win and their biggest rival is facing them this week. Texas is 4-4, but has a lot of question marks. Will Charlie Strong return next year? Is Shane Buechele the QB of the future for the Longhorns? Last year's game vs Texas was a shootout as Tech's defense struggled against the Longhorns' running attack. However, coming off of a strong defensive performance on the road against TCU I think gives this group some confidence heading into this game. I think Texas Tech pulls this one out for the seniors playing their last game at home and improves to 5-4.
Texas Tech 42, Texas 38
What an interesting year this has been for the Longhorns. They beat Notre Dame opening weekend, but it has been rough waters ever since. Since both teams desperately need to win I expect a high intensity game with lots of scoring. Give me the Red Raiders only because I think we can outscore the Longhorns at home.
Texas Tech 48, Texas 45
It doesn’t seem to matter how good or bad either team is in this annual matchup. You can throw out all the statistics, conventional wisdom, etc. It doesn’t matter; Texas always wins. They lead the all-time series 49-16. Texas Tech has only beaten Texas in consecutive years three times in school history (1968 & 1969, 1993 & 1994, 1997 & 1998). I am not one to predict that the present or future will all of a sudden be different from the past without good reason. I will not predict a Texas Tech victory over Texas until the Red Raiders prove they can consistently do it.
Texas Tech 35, Texas 45
The low scoring defensive battle against TCU was different and oddly enticing, but I don't expect the same here. Both teams are desperate to win this one and desperation sometimes leads to crazy football. In the last home game of the season, I expect the Red Raiders to leave it all on the field. Stopping the Texas run game won't be easy, but stopping Patrick Mahomes and this offense isn't either.
Texas Tech 42, Texas 41
Texas Tech pulled out a tough-nitty gritty win last week, but so did Texas. UT upset previously undefeated Baylor by a score of 35-34. I know the Red Raiders' defense has been playing better as of late, but RB D'Onta Foreman is having a stellar year for the Longhorns. As we know, Texas Tech has always had a weakness against a strong run game. Another thing we know as Red Raider fans, the Longhorns always put up a tough fight against Tech no matter what sort of year they're having. After the K-State game I said that this squad only had two wins left, those being against TCU and Iowa St. I'm unfortunately sticking to my guns on this one.
Texas Tech 42, Texas 45
Average Final Score: Texas Tech 41.33, Texas 41.17
Soooooo, a tie? This is by far the closest we've predicted a game as a staff. So who are you taking VTM viewers?