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

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Texas Tech vs. Texas: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
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

USA Today

 

Longhorns Injury Report (via USA Today)

Longhorns Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
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

USA Today

 

Can the Longhorns Slow the Red Raiders?

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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% TD INT
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

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% TD INT
11/9 vs. Kansas State 34 44 276 77.3 0 2
11/16 @ Baylor 28 51 314 54.9 4 1

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

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The answer to the above question is simple: absolutely. 

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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

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