HD Predictions: Texas at Texas Tech

The HD crew gives their predictions for this post-Halloween Big 12 showdown in Lubbock


Kansas State ran for 245 yards on Texas Tech. West Virginia ran for 249 yards. UTEP ran for 277 yards. And Arkansas ran for 438 yards on the Red Raiders. That Arkansas game led to Tech co-defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt showing up to work inebriated, leading to his forced resignation.

Heck, I think Cartman from South Park could run for 100 yards on Tech.

If Texas RB Malcolm Brown only gets 1 carry in the second half of Saturday night's game in Lubbock (like he did last week at K-State), there's probably real problems for the Horns in this game.

Texas' best rushing performances this season were 191 yards vs Iowa State and 190 yards vs Baylor. If Texas doesn't run for 200 yards in this game, the Longhorns could be in real trouble.

And chances are Texas Tech will not only show you the red carpet when it comes to running the football, but they'll help you with plenty of penalty yardage.

In four games this season, Tech has hit double-digits in penalty flags - 16 in a loss to Oklahoma State; 15 in a narrow win against Central Arkansas (Charlie Strong's alma mater); 12 in a loss vs West Virginia; and 10 in a narrow win over UTEP.

Whether or not Tech QB Davis Webb (ankle) plays vs Texas or not, Texas wins (the Horns better win).

Texas 31, Texas Tech 27


Texas Tech is in rough shape.

There’s no definitive word on whether starting quarterback Davis Webb will play (injured leg against TCU) or if it will be true freshman Patrick Mahomes.

The Red Raiders’ defense, which just gave up 82 points to TCU, could have four or five new starters.

To say things aren’t going all that smoothly in Lubbock would be an understatement.

Of course things aren’t going much better for the Longhorns, who are 3-5 and coming off a 23-0 shutout loss to Kansas State.

For as weird and strange a place as Lubbock can be to play for Texas something tells me the Longhorns will put forth a much better offensive effort against Tech and take advantage of either a hobbled Webb or inexperienced Mahomes.

Texas 34, Texas Tech 28


This week I am going to make it very simple: 34-28 Longhorns.

Football is about beating the man in front of you and this week that is exactly what Texas will do. They will beat the man in front of them for four quarters of play and get this thing back on track.

Texas 34, Texas Tech 28


I don’t know what to make out of this game. On one hand, I think Texas should have no problem with Texas Tech. But on the other hand, the Longhorns have been so inconsistent offensively, the Red Raiders could take down Texas.

I think, with or without quarterback Davis Webb, the Longhorn defense will give Texas Tech trouble all night. I expect to see a few turnovers produced from the Longhorns.

But I just don’t know what the offense will be able to do. The Red Raiders defense has been atrocious this season as seen by the 82 points dropped on them at the hands of TCU. If sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes can play like he did against Oklahoma and Iowa State, the Longhorns can easily take down Texas Tech. But I don’t know if Swoopes can play well. Nor do I think the run game will be able to get going.

However, even with all the uncertainty, I think the Longhorns pull this one out.

Texas 35, Texas Tech 24

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