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)
|Beau Carpenter||G||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas||Questionable||undisclosed|
|J.J. Gaines||S||10/30/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||shoulder|
|Tony Morales||G||09/11/2013||is out indefintiely||Out||shoulder|
|Carlos Thompson||WR||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas||Questionable||undisclosed|
|DeAndre Washington||RB||11/25/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas||Questionable||undisclosed|
Longhorns Injury Report (via USA Today)
|David Ash||QB||10/14/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||concussion|
|Demarco Cobbs||LB||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas Tech||Questionable||knee|
|Josh Cochran||T||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas Tech||Out||shoulder|
|Deoundrei Davis||LB||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas Tech||Questionable||knee|
|Ashton Dorsey||DT||08/30/2013||has decided to transfer||Out||personal|
|Sheroid Evans||CB||10/06/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Johnathan Gray||RB||11/10/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||calf|
|Jordan Hicks||LB||09/22/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Achilles|
|Bryant Jackson||WR||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas Tech||Questionable||foot|
|Miles Onyegbule||TE||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas Tech||Questionable||leg|
|Kevin Vaccaro||S||11/23/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas Tech||Questionable||ankle|
|Chris Whaley||DT||11/10/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||leg|
Can the Longhorns Slow the Red Raiders?
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:
|10/12 vs. Iowa State||35||56||415||62.5||3||1|
|10/19 @ WVU||36||50||462||72.0||2||0|
|10/26 @ Oklahoma||33||53||385||62.3||2||2|
|11/2 vs, Oklahoma State||45||71||425||63.4||2||2|
But Baker Mayfield has been Kingsbury's signal-caller of choice in his team's last two games:
|11/9 vs. Kansas State||34||44||276||77.3||0||2|
|11/16 @ Baylor||28||51||314||54.9||4||1|
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.
The answer to the above question is simple: absolutely.
Which team wins?
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