Texas at Texas Tech - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Texas Longhorns (1-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Jones AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +18 -- Over/Under: 70.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 8th ranked Texas Longhorns will travel to Jones AT&T Stadium to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 8th ranked Texas Longhorns (1-0; 0-0 Big 12) come into this season with high hopes to make a title run and the Longhorns started on a positive note, picking up an easy 59-3 victory over the UTEP Miners on September 12th. Texas had no trouble putting points up on the board early with their starters and had no problem picking up the victory after taking a 35-0 lead with 12:15 left in the 2nd quarter. Texas outgained UTEP by a 689-233 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory.
Offensively, Texas was led by QB Sam Ehlinger who completed 25 of 33 passes for 426 yards and 5 TD’s. Backup QB, Casey Thompson, was also efficient in his limited action, completing 4 of 7 passes for 55 yards and 2 TD. Texas had seven different receivers catch TD’s in this one and was led by Joshua Moore (6 rec, 127 yards, TD), Tarik Black (5 rec, 80 yards, TD), Brenden Schooler (2 rec, 65 yards, TD), and Marcus Washington (2 rec, 43 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Longhorns backfield was Keaontay Ingram (9 att, 44 yards) & Roschon Johnson (8 att, 38 yards, TD).
Defensively, Texas dominated agianst UTEP and was exceptional against the run as they held the Miners to just 43 rushing yards on 33 carries. Leading the way for the Longhorns defense was Joseph Ossai (8 tackles) and Chris Adimora (6 tackles).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0; 0-0 Big 12) opened up their season with a victory, however, it wasn’t an encouraging victory as Texas Tech defeated the Houston Baptist Huskies by a just a 35-33 margin after coming into this game as heavy favorites. Texas Tech looked like they finally got things under control after taking a 35-20 lead early in the 4th quarter, however, Houston Baptist fought back and Texas needed a big defense stop on a two-point conversation to keep the lead and hold on for the victory. Texas Tech outgained Houston Baptist by a 624-600 margin and committed one turnover in the victory.
Offensively, Texas Tech was led by QB Alan Bowman who completed 38 of 52 passes for 2 TD’s and an INT. Bowman did a nice job spreading the ball around to is receivers which were led by KeSean Carter (6 rec, 86 yards, TD), T.J. Vasher (8 rec, 79 yards), Erik Ezukanma (4 rec, 66 yards, TD), and Ja’Lynn Polk (5 rec, 56 yards). Leading the way for the Texas Tech backfield was SaRodorick Thompson who had 118 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on the 22 carries.
Defensively, Texas Tech had no answers for the passing attack of Houston Baptist as they allowed Bailey Zappe to complete 30 of 49 passes for 567 yards and 4 TD’s. Leading the way for the Red Raiders defensive was Krishon Merriweather who had 12 tackles.
The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Red Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
Texas Tech has been known for their passing attack which should be in full display again this season, however, there has to be major concerns on the defensive end after allowing Houston Baptist to put up 572 total pass yards against their defense. Texas and Sam Ehlinger should be able to put up plenty of points in this one and as I think the Texas defense will be able to give the Red Raiders passing attack some trouble, I think the Longhorns do enough in this one to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!