The Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-7) head to Austin on Friday for a BIG 12 battle with the Texas Longhorns (6-5). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on November 29th at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised on FS1.
Taking a look at the Week 14 college football odds, Texas opened as a 9-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread has increased by a full point after early betting, as the Longhorns are currently available at -10. The total for the game is sitting at 64 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Texas vs Texas Tech
Texas Tech has now lost four out of their last five games after falling 30-27 at home against Kansas State last weekend to drop to 4-7 on the season overall. The Red Raiders trailed by a field goal at the half but couldn’t find a way to pull off a comeback over the final two quarters despite racking up 24 points. QB Jett Duffey went 28/49 for 334 passing yards and two touchdowns but also got picked off twice as well. RB SaRodorick Thompson led the way on the ground, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 24 carries. RJ Turner torched the K-State secondary, hauling in seven catches for 141 passing yards while also finding the end zone. Overall, Texas Tech generated over 500 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns.
The Red Raiders didn’t have a great outing on the other side of the ball against Kansas State, surrendering almost 400 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Texas Tech did hold the Wildcats in check on the ground for the most part, giving up around 125 rushing yards and no touchdowns.
Texas couldn’t find a way to get past #11 overall Baylor on the road last weekend, losing 24-10 to move to 6-5 on the season overall. The Longhorns gave up 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and never recovered, coming up two touchdowns short as time expired. QB Sam Ehlinger wasn’t at his best, going 22/37 for 200 passing yards and no touchdowns. RB Keaontay Ingram led the way on the ground, rushing for 86 yards on seven carries. WR Devin Duvernay also chipped in, making ten receptions for 78 yards. As a whole, Texas gained almost 400 total yards of offense but found the end zone just once against a rock-solid Bears defense.
The Longhorns were pretty average defensively against Baylor, allowing close to 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Texas had no answer for Bears WR Denzel Mims, as he racked up seven catches for 125 receiving yards and a touchdown.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Texas Tech +10
While I also don’t mind the OVER on 64 total points, my favorite play in this BIG 12 clash is the Red Raiders against the spread. Even though Texas Tech is only 4-7 straight up through their first 11 games, they could easily be at least 6-5 or 7-4 on the season. Not only did they also knock off #11 overall Baylor in overtime, they also came up just two points short against TCU as well. The Red Raiders also beat #21 overall Oklahoma State by double-digits back in early October. Texas hasn’t really been blowing their opponents out of the water over the past two months either, as three out of their last four wins were by six points or less.
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Of course, the Longhorns probably deserve to be favored here in Week 14 – especially at home where they are 3-1 outright. However, they haven’t fared all that well against the spread at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, failing to cover the number in three out of their last four outings. Texas is also just 1-4 against the spread over their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings with opponents from the BIG 12 as well. On the other side, Texas Tech won their last road game against the Longhorns straight up despite being a 7.5-point underdog at kickoff. I think that the Red Raiders will find a way to stay within striking distance on Friday afternoon, so I’ll take the points and roll with the road underdog. Give me Texas Tech to cover!