Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5) at Texas Longhorns (4-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 26, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Texas Longhorns -2 -- Over/Under:
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Texas Longhorns meet Thanksgiving night at Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for their third road win to build momentum heading into bowl season. Patrick Mahomes II is completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 3,911 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mahomes has 10 touchdown passes in his last three games. Jakeem Grant and Devin Lauderdale have combined for 1,593 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Reginald Davis has 32 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 196.8 yards per contest, and DeAndre Washington leads the way with 1,282 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 42.4 points and 546.8 yards per game. Micah Awe leads the Red Raiders with 102 tackles, J.J. Gaines has four interceptions and Pete Robertson has five sacks.
The Texas Longhorns need to win out in order to have any shot of clinching a bowl game. Jerrod Heard is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Heard has two touchdown passes in his last two games. John Burt and Daje Johnson have combined for 774 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Armanti Foreman has 11 receptions. The Texas Longhorns ground game is averaging 213.9 yards per contest, and D’Onta Foreman leads the way with 681 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Texas is allowing 29.9 points and 428.7 yards per game. Peter Jinkens leads the Longhorns with 75 tackles, Dylan Haines has four interceptions and Bryce Cottrell has three sacks. D'Onta Foreman is questionable with a finger injury.
The Red Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Longhorns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November. Red Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Texas and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Texas needs this game in order to have any shot of reaching a bowl game. The Longhorns also have a huge advantage on the defensive side of the ball. I expect Texas to dig deep and find a way to win here.