This slot used to be reserved for one of the bigger rivalries in college football, Texas A&M and Texas. Certainly not on the same level as Alabama and Auburn or Michigan and Ohio State, but Texas A&M and Texas was always a Thanksgiving tradition. After the Aggies went to the SEC, it left a gaping hole in the rivalry. I always thought they should have figured out a way to keep the game going, but of course that didn’t happen, and Texas Tech took the Aggies spot. I think several years down the road we’ll be talking about a big Texas Tech and Texas rivalry, but right now it is just another BIG 12 matchup to me. Although, Texas Tech beating Texas several years ago when Texas was a good team and Texas Tech a relatively unknown school was a good memory. Really good game. I know that Texas Tech and Texas recruit heavily for the same players, so in that regard it is a bit of a rivalry, but we can say that for all the big Texas schools. In any case, it’s been a rather disappointing year for Texas. I can’t say horrible, because that would insinuate they didn’t beat Oklahoma. Just by looking at Oklahoma and the Longhorns record, could you could to the reasonable conclusion that Texas beat the Sooners? They in fact did, and that one loss has been a thorn in the side of Oklahoma. That much they can be proud about.
There wouldn’t be any doubt the Sooners would be in the top 4 for the college football playoff if they beat Texas. They may end up getting there with the 1 loss, but we’ll have to see how the season plays out. Go undefeated and you’re in, which looks like a realistic scenario if they won that Texas game. The Longhorns don’t have much else to be happy about this season. Head coach Charlie Strong will get a free pass for winning that rivalry game against Oklahoma. That is their biggest game of the year, their National Championship of sorts, so yes he did win a big one. This is another big one. Texas isn’t going to find a bowl game, as they are 4-6 entering this game. The Red Raiders, however, are looking to bolster their bowl resume and advance to 7-5. Even at 6-6 bowls will be looking to get Texas Tech in their game, because they have a dynamic offense that can make for exciting games. Get the pick below for my college football Thanksgiving evening game.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns College Football
Texas Tech -1(-110)
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The total in this game is this high because of the Texas Tech offense. The Red Raiders scored 59 on Kansas State in a 59-44. The Tech defense has been bad as well, so there is another reason for the high total. Texas Tech is scoring 49 points per game while allowing 40 per game. A little mind boggling to think that they are putting up 49 on average and have just a 6-5 record to show for it. That is the nature of college football these days. Any team that was scoring 49 points a game 20 years ago would be undefeated. Pat Mahomes has etched out a pretty nice season with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. There are elements of Johnny Manziel in his play on the field.
The problem for the Longhorns is that they aren’t particularly very good at one thing. The offense hasn’t been very good, Texas needs to recruit a 5 star quarterback and let him go to work. Because right now, and in recent years, quarterback has been such a liability at Texas. The Longhorns are averaging 24.9 points per game compared to 29.9 points allowed. In college football today, allowing under 30 points is actually an impressive feat, I wish I was kidding. The last three games between Texas Tech and Texas have all been low-scoring and didn’t reach 60 points in any of them. The highest final total score was 57 combined points. You need to go all the way back to 2007 where there was a game with more than 72 points scored. Ever since the Red Raiders and Longhorns have played this Thursday night game, scoring was down big time, as I alluded to where I mentioned the last three times they’ve met. Taking an UNDER in a Texas Tech game is playing with fire, but given the circumstances playing on a Thursday night on Thanksgiving, I expect a similar contest to the last three years.
PICK: UNDER 72.5 POINTS (-110)