Texas Tech vs. Texas: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

Nov 2, 2013; Austin, TX, USA;  Texas Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy (6) warms up prior to a game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Texas Longhorns will meet in a classic in-state rivalry matchup Thursday to battle over the Chancellor's Spurs.

Texas Tech is simply looking to get back on track in the road matchup. The Red Raiders have lost four in a row to then-ranked No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 18 Oklahoma State, Kansas State and No. 5 Baylor.

Things have been slightly better for the Longhorns. A 38-13 recent loss to then-ranked No. 12 Oklahoma State stings, but at 7-3, the Longhorns remain tied for second in the Big 12.

Texas has won four of the last five in this series and has not lost in Austin since 1997. An potent Red Raiders offense in the last game of its season would like to turn things around. Here is everything fans should know about the matchup.

 

When: Thursday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas

Television: Fox Sports 1

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 66.5
  • Spread: Texas (-4.5)

 

Red Raiders Injury Report (via USA Today)

Red Raiders Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Beau CarpenterG11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against TexasQuestionableundisclosed
J.J. GainesS10/30/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutshoulder
Tony MoralesG09/11/2013is out indefintielyOutshoulder
Carlos ThompsonWR11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against TexasQuestionableundisclosed
DeAndre WashingtonRB11/25/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against TexasQuestionableundisclosed
USA Today

 

Longhorns Injury Report (via USA Today)

Longhorns Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
David AshQB10/14/2013is out indefinitelyOutconcussion
Demarco CobbsLB11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas TechQuestionableknee
Josh CochranT11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas TechOutshoulder
Deoundrei DavisLB11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas TechQuestionableknee
Ashton DorseyDT08/30/2013has decided to transferOutpersonal
Sheroid EvansCB10/06/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Johnathan GrayRB11/10/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutcalf
Jordan HicksLB09/22/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutAchilles
Bryant JacksonWR11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas TechQuestionablefoot
Miles OnyegbuleTE11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas TechQuestionableleg
Kevin VaccaroS11/23/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas TechQuestionableankle
Chris WhaleyDT11/10/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutleg
USA Today

 

Can the Longhorns Slow the Red Raiders?

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Baker Mayfield #6 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates his second touchdown pass against the Baylor Bears at AT&T Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It does not matter who plays under center for the Red Raiders. Kliff Kingsbury has two freshmen quarterbacks to work with, and both have been effective this season.

Davis Webb was given four starts beginning in mid-October and was productive:

Davis Webb Four Starts
CMP ATT YDS CMP%TDINT
10/12 vs. Iowa State35 56 415 62.531
10/19 @ WVU36 50 462 72.020
10/26 @ Oklahoma33 53 385 62.3 22
11/2 vs, Oklahoma State45 71 425 63.422
ESPN

But Baker Mayfield has been Kingsbury's signal-caller of choice in his team's last two games:

Baker Mayfield Last Two Starts
CMP ATT YDS CMP%TDINT
11/9 vs. Kansas State34 44 276 77.302
11/16 @ Baylor28 51 314 54.9 41
ESPN

The common thread? Texas Tech has gone 2-4 in that time span thanks to a horrific defense that allows 30.3 points per game.

Now, the Longhorns are tasked with shutting down the nation's No. 1 passing attack, which averages 400.2 yards per game. Texas is a week removed from a 38-13 loss in which its defense found success against a sound Oklahoma State passing attack despite the lopsided outcome.

The Longhorns' ability to shut down the pass regardless of the man under center will decide the game.

 

Prediction

Nov 9, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns fullback Alex De La Torre (36) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in overtime against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The answer to the above question is simple: absolutely. 

The Longhorns defense has been stout against the pass all year, allowing just 207.2 yards on average and holding opposing signal-callers to a 55.4 completion percentage.

An area in which the Longhorns may struggle is against a mobile quarterback such as Mayfield. The Longhorns allowed a pair of rushing and passing scores to Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf in their last game.

That said, Chelf is a savvy senior, whereas Thursday sees Texas get two freshmen on a four-game skid.

There's a chance the Longhorns will overlook the Red Raiders with a matchup against Baylor to close the season, but Texas will pull it out at home in a series it traditionally owns.  

 

Final Score: Longhorns 33, Red Raiders 30