NCAAF Betting: Texas Longhorns at Red Raiders
By: Brad Young
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Taylor Potts and Texas Tech face 6th-ranked Texas at home Saturday.
Sixth-ranked Texas travels across the state for a rivalry matchup against Texas Tech in front of a national audience. The Longhorns dropped their last trip to Lubbock two years ago, costing them a shot in the Big XII Championship Game and a possible shot at the national title. Both teams have shown a potent offense in early season routs leading up to this contest.
Caesars Palace installed Texas as a three-point road ‘chalk’ over Texas Tech, with the total set at 51 ½. ABC Sports will provide coverage of Saturday’s contest beginning at 5 p.m. PT from Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
Texas (2-0 straight up, 0-2 against the spread) throttled Wyoming last weekend as a 27 ½-point home favorite, 34-7. The combined 41 points failed to eclipse the 51 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 2-0 this season for the Longhorns.
Texas overcame a slow start by posting 17 points in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns in less than five minutes before halftime. Coach Mack Brown’s team finished the game with advantages in first downs (20-13), rushing yards (167-58) and passing yards (222-199).
Sophomore signal caller Garrett Gilbert completed 22-of-35 passes for 222 yards with a touchdown, connecting with eight different receivers. Foswhitt Whittaker had seven carries for 62 yards and a score, while Cody Johnson ran nine times for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman wideout Mike Davis accounted for seven catches for 104 yards and a score in the victory.
Texas Tech (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) routed New Mexico last Saturday as 24 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 52-17. The combined 69 points toppled the 56-point college football betting total, enabling the ‘over’ to cash in both outings this season for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech never looked back after jumping out to a 21-3 first-quarter advantage. The game stats were pretty even, but the Red Raiders cruised after blocking two punts that led to a pair of short touchdown drives. The Lobos were also victimized by committing 16 penalties for 145 yards.
Texas Tech finished the contest with slight advantages in first downs (24-23), rushing yards (152-97) and turnovers forced (3-2). The Red Raiders trailed New Mexico in passing yards (336-310) and time of possession (33:41-26:19).
Texas is 6-1 SU and 3-4 ATS the previous seven encounters with Texas Tech, with the ‘over’ going 6-2 the previous eight meetings. The Longhorns prevailed last season as a 19 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 34-24, while the combined 58 points went ‘under’ the 66-point closing total. The Red Raiders’ lone victory the past seven matchups occurred in 2008 as a 3 ½-point home underdog, 39-33, ending Texas’ shot at a national championship.
The home team has won the previous three games SU, but the Longhorns lead the overall series, 44-15. The ‘over’ is 20-9-1 for Texas its last 30 road endeavors, and the ‘over’ is 7-3 in the Red Raiders past 10 home games. The underdog is 6-2 ATS the last eight meetings in this series.
Texas running back Cody Johnson (ankle) and tight end DJ Grant (knee) are ‘questionable’ with injuries versus the Red Raiders, while running back Vondrell McGee (eligibility) is ‘doubtful.’ The Longhorns follow this Big XII affair with a home game against UCLA.
Texas Tech cornerback LaRon Moore is ‘questionable’ against the Longhorns due to a leg injury. The Red Raiders have a bye week following this matchup before traveling to Iowa State.
Saturday’s forecast for Lubbock calls for partly cloudy skies, with a high of 90 degrees and a low of 62.