College Football Odds, Picks, Predictions for Texas Tech vs. Texas: Saturday Betting Guide for Big 12 Contest (Sept. 25)
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images. Pictured: Bijan Robinson.
- Texas Tech travels to Austin on Saturday to take on in-state rival Texas in a Big 12 showdown.
- The Longhorns enter this game as nine-point favorites with Casey Thompson now at the helm for the offense.
- Check out Keg's betting preview for the game below, including odds, picks, and predictions based on his analysis.
Texas Tech vs. Texas Odds
|Texas Tech Odds||+9 (-115)|
|Texas Odds||-9 (-115)|
|Moneyline||+290 / -380|
|Time||12 p.m. ET|
|Odds via DraftKings. Get up-to-the-minute college football odds here.|
Saturday gets started at Noon with one of my favorite matchups of the day.
Texas Tech will travel to Texas to face the Longhorns in the team’s first meeting that hasn’t taken place on Thanksgiving weekend since 2011.
The Red Raiders are off to an impressive 3-0 start, which began with an upset against Houston in Week 1. The Longhorns had a 58-0 shutout win last week against Rice to get back on track after an embarrassing loss to Arkansas in Week 2.
UT leads the all-time series between the two teams, 53-17, and has won 10 of the last 12 meetings.
Steve Sarkisian will look to get his first Big 12 conference win since becoming the head coach at Texas, but this Red Raiders’ defense may have other ideas.
Texas Tech vs. Texas Betting Preview
Texas Tech Offense
The Red Raiders are off to a hot start and have QB Tyler Shough to thank for it. Slough currently leads the Big 12 in passing yards per game with 268.
The offense also currently ranks 26th nationally in scoring offense, is averaging 40 points per game and has a top-75 ranking in both rush and passing offense.
On paper, you would think the Tech air raid offense has returned to the days of waking up and scoring 400 yards without even trying.
However, when you look at the Red Raiders’ schedule so far, there’s cause to take a step back. They’ve played Houston, Stephen F. Austin and FIU, with the win vs. SFA coming by only six points despite being a 31-point favorite.
This weekend we will find out if these Red Raiders are as good as they look on paper.
Texas Tech Defense
The Red Raiders’ most significant risk of exposure this weekend will come via their run defense.
While they currently rank second in the Big 12 in rush defense while allowing only 54 rush yards per game, the Texas rushing attack — led by Bijon Robinson — will put this defense to the test.
Nationally, the Red Raiders rank 28th in total defense, but again, I find these rankings to be somewhat empty with the teams they have played so far.
One number that is very real, Texas Tech currently leads the Big 12 in penalty yards, and it can’t give up free yardage at that rate if it wants to keep it close against Texas.
Steve Sarkisian’s first season at Texas is off to an up-and-down start. After a back-and-fourth QB battle in camp, Casey Thompson has established himself as the starter.
Thompson completed 15-of-18 passing attempts last week against Rice while averaging 9.1 yards per pass. He has maintained a 77% completion percentage through three games, which is a number that I expect to increase against the worst pass defense in the Big 12.
The most important piece of this offense, however, is in the backfield.
Robinson surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career last Saturday against Rice, becoming the 55th Longhorn to do so and the fastest since Jamaal Charles.
Currently averaging 8.3 yards per carry for his career, I’m very excited to see how he fairs against the Red Raiders’ defense.
After allowing Arkansas to rush for 333 yards, the Longhorns put on a defensive masterclass against Rice. While they were expected to dominate, not allowing Rice to put a single point on the board helped restore confidence in this unit.
On Saturday, nearly every player on the Longhorns’ defense contributed, with 31 different Longhorns recording at least one tackle. They’ll need that same level of determination this week if they want to slow down Shough and the Tech air raid.
This Texas defense has yet to see any dominant passing attack at all so far, though.
Louisiana had some success throwing but only did so because they couldn’t get anything going on the ground. Arkansas had no reason to throw with how well it could run all over Texas. And Rice, well, it’s Rice, and shutting them down isn’t exactly anything to brag about.
Texas Tech vs. Texas Matchup Analysis
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Texas Tech Offense vs. Texas Defense
Texas Offense vs. Texas Tech Defense
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This game will give us a very accurate idea of how good this Texas Tech team is. And while I think Texas will be able to poke a lot of holes in this team’s stats so far this year, the Red Raiders will still be able to put points on their opponent’s secondary.
Five of the last six meetings between these two teams have been decided by less than a touchdown. With the current number moving between 7 and 10, I am staying away from the spread.
Both these teams will be able to put points up, as Texas will struggle with the Air Raid and Tech will struggle to find answers for Robinson on the ground.
I expect this rivalry to stay close, but I’m taking the over.
Texas Tech vs. Texas Betting Pick
The total opened at 60.5 and moved up slightly to 61.5 before being pushed back down to 61.
I was able to get this over at 61 (-110), and I would take it up to 63 (-105).