Texas vs. Texas Tech: Complete Game Preview

Jonathan Woo@woo_jonathanwooCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2012

Texas vs. Texas Tech: Complete Game Preview

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    Who: Texas vs. Texas Tech

    When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. CST

    Where: Lubbock, Texas

    Stadium: Jones AT&T Stadium

    TV: ABC

    The stakes are high in this Big 12 showdown, as the No. 23 Longhorns (6-2, 3-2) and No. 18 Red Raiders (6-2, 3-2) are gearing up for what should be a chilly afternoon in the Texas panhandle.

    With both Texas and Texas Tech with matching records and only four games remaining on the schedule, better placement for bowl selection is up for grabs.

    Coming in as one of the surprises in the conference, Texas Tech returns home after getting roughed up by Kansas State.

    The Longhorns are riding a two-game winning streak, but will face a much-improved Red Raiders defenses.

Depth Chart for Texas

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    QB: David Ash, Case McCoy
    RB: Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron
    WR: Jaxon Shipley, Bryant Jackson
     Mike Davis, Kendall Sanders
    WR: Marquise Goodwin, D.J. Monroe
    TE: D.J. Grant OR Greg Daniels, Barrett Matthews
    LT: Josh Cochran, Donald Hawkins
    LG: Trey Hopkins, Sedrick Flowers
    C: Dom Espinosa, Garrett Porter
    RG: Mason Walters, Thomas Ashcraft
    RT: Luke Poehlmann, Garrett Greenlea



    DE (Buck): Cedric Reed OR Reggie Wilson
    DE (Strong): Alex Okafor, Shiro Davis
    DT: Brandon Moore, Ashton Dorsey OR Chris Whaley
    DT: Desmond Jackson, Malcom Brown
    SLB: Demarco Cobbs, Tevin Jackson
    MLB: Steve Edmond, Dalton Santos
    WLB: Kendall Thompson, Jordan Hicks
    CB: Quandre Diggs, Duke Thomas
    FS: Kenny Vaccaro, Josh Turner
    SS: Adrian Phillips, Mykkele Thompson
    CB: Carrington Byndom, Leroy Scott


    Special Teams

    PK: Anthony Fera, Nick Jordan
    P: Alex King, William Russ

Depth Chart for Texas Tech

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    QB: Seth Doege, Michael Brewer
    RB: Eric Stephens, Kenny Williams
    WR: Eric Ward, Bradley Marquez
     Darrin Moore, Javon Bell
    WR: Alex Torres, Jordan Davis
    WR: Tyson Williams, Jace Amaro
    LT: LaAdrian Waddle, Rashad Fortenberry
    LG: Alfredo Morales, Beau Carpenter
    C: Deveric Gallington, Jared Kaster
    RG: Le'Raven Clark, James Polk
    RT: Terry McDaniel, Trey Keenan



    DE: Dartwan Bush, Branden Jackson
    DE: Jackson Richards, Pete Robertson
    NT: Delvon Simmons, Dennell Wesley
    DT: Kerry Hyder, Leon Mackey
    LB: Terrance Bullitt, Micah Awe
    LB: Sam Equavoen, Zach Winbush
    LB: Will Smith, Blake Dees
    CB: Cornelius Douglas, Bruce Jones
    FS: D.J. Johnson, J.J. Gaines
    SS: Cody Davis, Austin Stewart
    CB: Eugene Neboh, Derrick Mays


    Special Teams

    PK: Ryan Bustin, Kramer Fyfe
    P: Ryan Erxleben

What Happened to Texas Last Week

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    In grabbing a late win from the jaws of defeat, the Longhorns avoided potentially the worst loss in the Mack Brown era.

    Instead, Texas peeled off a 21-17 victory over Kansas, with Case McCoy relieving David Ash at quarterback after the starter struggled through most of the first three quarters.

    McCoy engineered scoring two drives and displayed a never-say-die attitude in converting some big plays down the stretch.

    Defensively, the same issues plagued Texas across the board, efforts that are still waiting to be improved.

What Happened to Texas Tech Last Week

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    Texas Tech trailed 10-13 at halftime against Kansas State, but the Red Raiders were promptly steamrolled by standout quarterback and Heisman hopeful Collin Klein.

    The Red Raiders held even with time of possession, but with three turnovers and six penalties amounting to 80 yards, the resurgent group just could not muster the firepower against one of the nation's top teams.

    Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege did throw for two touchdowns, but a pick-six and fumbles from Doege and receiver Eric Ward did too much damage coming from an advantageous Wildcats team.

What It Means to Both Teams

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    Although both team sit 6-2 and 3-2 in the Big 12, the Longhorns are the worse team given their overall body of work.

    With some uncertainty now lingering over Texas, the pressure of performance could swing the Longhorns' fortunes in a multitude of ways.

    For Texas Tech, this game is by no means a walkthrough, but with the comfort of a home crowd and a chance to rebound from a tough loss to a really good team, the Red Raiders are in a strong position.

    Equally, with the final games of the season approaching, extracting the most from each performance for placement in the conference is paramount.

Key Player for Texas: David Ash

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    Quarterback David Ash had one of his worst performances of the season, throwing for 63 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions on 8-of-16 passing.

    How Ash rebounds against a quality Texas Tech defense will be telling about the true direction of where things may be going for the Longhorns.

    With Case McCoy having posted better numbers in one-third the playing time, there could be extra pressure for Ash to come up with a decisively strong outing.

Key Players for Texas Tech: Kenny Williams

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    Sophomore running back Kenny Williams leads Texas Tech in rushing with 504 yards on 83 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per carry.

    Against one of the country's worst running defenses in the Longhorns, Williams will do well to pick up at least 15 touches on the afternoon, testing the shaky tackles that Texas fields.

    The passing game will have plenty of opportunity to shine, but how well it is balanced with the running game ultimately could prove to be a winning combination for the Red Raiders.

The Longhorns Will Win If...

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    Texas wins if it wakes up from its defensive blunders, which is unlikely.

    Poor tackling, poor positioning and too many big plays have plagued the Longhorns defense all season, and against an ever-potent Texas Tech offense, Texas could be up against a wall for much of the game if it cannot hold the Red Raiders.

    Additionally, if the Longhorns put up their best performance on the ground, then the foundation will be set for a potential upset.

The Red Raiders Will Win If...

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    Texas Tech wins if it sticks to its guns (Ha!).

    The Red Raiders field a top 10 defense and an offense that can throw it around with the best passing units in the country.

    The formula that has won them games this entire season should work against a defensively poor Texas that has won half of its games by six points or less.

Prediction: 41-30 Texas Tech

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    The Longhorns will want to keep it close, but with their defense prone to so many big plays, you have to believe that Texas Tech will have its fair share of them.

    Offensively, Texas may not even be able to keep up against the highly-improved Red Raiders defense.

    Turnovers will be the ultimate key for Texas Tech. Too many giveaways to a Texas team that has shown its ability to convert them into points will keep the Longhorns in a toss-up.