Longhorns Wire staff predictions for No. 22 Texas vs. Texas Tech
The Texas No. 22 will travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech in Week 4.
Second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian has never been to Lubbock, but he’s fully aware of the rowdy atmosphere his team is about to experience. It’s Texas’ first away game of the season and how their team is able to handle adversity will play a big part in this game.
Both teams enter Game 1 of the Big 12 with a 2-1 record. The Longhorns are the third consecutive opponent the Red Raiders have faced. Texas Tech beat Houston in overtime two weeks ago and lost 27-14 to NC State last week.
Texas had an impressive performance against then-No. 1 Alabama in Week 2 and followed that up with a dominant second-half performance last week to defeat UTSA 41-20.
Here’s a look at how each Longhorns Wire staff member thinks the game could play out this week.
This road trip to Lubbock presents some challenges for this Texan team. The Red Raiders are part of an improved squad led by new head coach Joey McGuire. The Texas Tech crowd will no doubt be ready to be rowdy for the visiting Longhorns.
Texas needs to be less one-dimensional on offense. Opening up the passing attack should make life much easier for Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson. No matter who ends up starting at quarterback, Texas needs to involve Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington early and often.
I expect this game to be a dogfight late in the fourth quarter. I think the turnovers will be the difference as Texas wins a close one on the road.
Prediction: Texas 34, Texas Tech 30
I think 30 is the key number here. Texas Tech has held opponents to within 30 points in six straight games, while Texas is 1-6 in scoring 0-29 points under Steve Sarkisian and 6-2 in scoring 30 or more points.
As the game draws closer, it seems increasingly likely that Texas will have starting quarterback Quinn Ewers under center, which should open up the passing offense. I’m curious to see how Texas handles the rowdy environment if things don’t go to plan early on.
Ultimately, Texas’ offense is loaded with playmakers and will be too much for Tech to overcome.
Prediction: Texas 38, Texas Tech 31
Texas Tech performed well overall as a team, but their offensive line was abysmal. Their 101.7 rushing yards per game is good for last place in the Big 12. Only five FBS teams have allowed more sack yards than Texas Tech this year (88 sack yards on 11 sacks).
That said, Tech’s defense should be ready to play against the Longhorns this year. This game might look like Texas’ road trip to Baylor last year, but Texas wins it by a close margin.
Prediction: Texas 27, Texas Tech 20