In action Saturday’s Week 4 of college football, rival pairs from the Lone Star State meet as Texas take on Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener.
Both teams have won 2-1 for the year. Texas won easily twice in the non-conference and Alabama lost him by one point. They had a win over then-ranked Houston, but suffered a 13-point loss on the road to North Carolina.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s matchups.
Date: September 24th (Sat)
Time: 3:30 PM ET
TV: ESPN network
Stream: fuboTV (start free trial)
Odds, point spreads and betting lines
Line: Texas -6
Moneyline: UT -300 TECH +200
FPI Pick: Texas 80.5%
What you need to know
Texas. It’s not breaking news that Bijan Robinson is the engine of the Texas offense. The running back is #1 in the Big 12 with 147.67 total yards per game, points scored (12), total points (36), total TDs (6), and rushing yards (311), rushing TDs (5). he is second , and rush yards per game (103.7). Putting Robinson out there as a credible threat in play action will help ensure space for his Longhorn receivers like Xavier Worthy to dominate in Tech’s back seven struggling in coverage. increase. Plus yards this season.
Texas tech. Don’t miss the ability of the Red Raiders to jeopardize the entire Robinson and Longhorn attack. Tech is playing better than expected on the line, so far ranked 9th on FBS, allowing only shades over 2 ypc, 18th allowing 82.7 rush ypg, and 90 per game All in the top 20 nationwide with less than 0.7 rush yards allowed. touchdown. The unit can close the hole and shrink the pocket with a series of tackles behind the line to challenge Robinson early.
Texas vs Texas Tech: Fast Facts
+ Tech ranks 4th in the nation with 373.7 passing yards per game
+ Texas ranks 101st in the nation in 3rd down offense (0.333)
+ Tech ranks 123rd nationwide with a sales margin of minus 1.67
+ Texas go 7-1 against opponents and 0-7 against opponents under Steve Sarkisian.
+ Tech ranks 18th nationally in run defense, allowing 82.7 ypg
+ Texas is 1-6 when scoring 0-29 points under Sarkisian, 6-2 when scoring 30+.
+ Texas Tech held opponents under 30 points in 6 straight games
+ Texas is 2-6 under Sark when game is decided by 1-9 points
+ 14-12 overall in Big 12 opener, but 0-5 in Texas opener.
+ Texas are 4-2 under Sark if they win the turnover margin and 1-4 if they lose.
+ Tech ranks 115th nationally with 101.7 ypg
+UT 4-1 when winning TOP under Sarkisian, 3-7 when losing
+ Texas Tech is a 5-4 big 12 opener at home
Texas is 1-7 under Sark when allowing +30+ points
Texas vs Texas Tech Prediction
Texas should win if this turns over. The Longhorns have only had one turnover in three games, and the last he has had no turnovers in two games. Donovan Smith has threw 5 picks and 3 TD passes in his last two games for Tech.
However, the Red Raiders can still put the ball in the air. With nearly 374 passing yards per game, they have a front 7 that can challenge Texas’ plan to run the ball with force early in the game. Only three other teams are physically better than Tech.
With a few net-zero or negative plays in the first quarter, Tech can establish an important rhythm by driving the Longhorn offense off the field on 3rd down. The Texas QB is still a problem. Quinn Ewers will be in the uniform after suffering an injury against Alabama, but it’s unclear if he’ll play.
Longhorn receivers match well with Red Raiders’ secondary, giving them a noticeable advantage in skill positions, especially receivers, over Texas Tech.
College Football Headquarters Predictions: Texas 37, Texas Tech 31
According to AP Top 25 poll
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