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College Football Betting Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

November 24, 2023

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to Austin, Texas to face the 7th-ranked Texas Longhorns at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday evening in week 13 of the college football season with kick-off scheduled for 7:30 PM ET and will air on ABC.

Texas Tech is bowl-eligible for the 3rd year in a row as they enter this game in 5th place in the Big 12 Conference with a record of 5-3 in conference games and 6-5 overall while entering this game on a three-game winning streak following a 24-23 win at home against the UCF Knights on Saturday. The Red Raiders have had an above-average scoring defense while also having an above-average scoring offense as they enter this game averaging 28.64 points per game while allowing an average of 24.27 points per game. Their running offense is one of the best in college football as they are averaging 170.91 rushing yards per game and Tahj Brooks has played a pivotal role in the running game as he enters this game with 1,352 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. The Red Raiders will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they face the Longhorns on Friday night.

The Texas Longhorns are still alive for a spot in the College Football Playoffs and with a win in this game, they will play in the Big 12 Championship game for the first time since the 2018 college football season as they enter this game with a record of 10-1 and are in 1st place in the Big 12 with a record of 7-1 in conference games. The Longhorns are on a five-game winning streak following Saturday’s 26-16 win on the road against the Iowa State Cyclones and have averaged 30.8 points per game during their winning streak and are one of the highest-scoring teams in college football this season as they are averaging 33.09 points per game and have one of the best passing offenses in college football 263.82 passing yards per game. Quinn Ewers has been the major catalyst for the success they have had offensively as he enters this game with 2,513 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for five touchdowns. 

BookMaker has the Texas Longhorns listed as 12.5-point favorites at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Friday evening in week 13 of the college football season. Texas has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten while the Red Raiders are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 5-6 ATS overall, 2-3 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS as an underdog, and 4-4 ATS in conference games this season while the Texas Longhorns are 5-5-1 ATS overall, 2-2-1 ATS at home, 4-5-1 ATS as a favorite, and 4-3-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

Texas is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten games while going 6-4 ATS in those matchups. Both teams have similar records ATS as Texas Tech is 5-6 ATS overall while Texas is 5-5-1 ATS overall. As a result, I will be buying the .5 point and laying the points with the Texas Longhorns when they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Friday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Texas Longhorns -12