Texas Longhorns at Texas Tech Red Raiders, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 8:00 pm EST, TV: ABC or ESPN2 (check local listings)
Opening Line: Texas -4
Current line: Texas -3
Opening Total: 57 1/2
Current Total: 50 1/2
Money Line: Texas -155 / Texas Tech +135
Sports betting odds from above taken from Bookmaker sportsbook who offers online sports betting.
Mack Brown takes his Texas Longhorns to Lubbuck to take on Tommy Tuberville’s Texas Tech Red Raiders. Both teams are 2-0. Interestingly enough, both have had similar schedules so far. Both have played former Southwest Conference Rivals who now play in Conference USA and a team from the Mountain West. Texas beat Rice 34-17 and Wyoming 34-7, while Tech beat SMU 35-27 and New Mexico 52-17. With the spread hovering around the key number of 3, be sure to make sure you are getting the best number no matter which side you like be comparing odds on our college football betting lines page.
Texas is 2-0 but the offense hasn’t looked that great so far. Quarterback Garret Gilbert has only thrown for one touchdown pass and 394 yards in two games so far. Granted the Longhorns have said they are going to run the ball more this season as Gilbert learns the offense after taking over from Colt McCoy. The Longhorns three headed running attack is led by Foswhitt Walker, Cody Johnson, and Tre’ Newton. All three are dangerous backs that are capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. Walker leads in yards with 113 in two games, but Newton has three touchdown runs so far. The Longhorns are averaging 182 yards a game on the ground. That is decent but good enough for only 44th in the country. On defense the Longhorns have been dominant so far. Against Wyoming the Longhorns only allowed 257 total yards, including 68 on the ground. The Cowboys briefly took a 7-6 lead in the second quarter, but the Longhorns scored the last 28 points of the game to win 34-7. Texas has not faced an offense like Texas Tech’s this season. Though the Longhorns would love to establish the run, the weakness of the Tech defense is against the pass. It might be a better decision to let Gilbert throw the ball despite that he is making his first start in a hostile environment.
For Texas Tech, they are 2-0 under first year coach Tommy Tuberville. as mentioned they have been torched against the pass so far. Against SMU and New Mexico they have given up 554 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. Even lowly New Mexico threw for 336 yards and a touchdown against the Red Raider secondary. The Lobos only rushed for 97 yards but were behind most of the game and had to throw the ball. The Red Raiders outgained the Lobos 462-433 yards. The Lobos turned the ball over 3 times hwich prevented them from scoring more. Texas Tech jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and was never challenged after that. On offense Taylor Potts threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders, with no picks. Texas Tech ran for 152 yards and 4 touchdowns, though no player rushed for over 46 yards. but like Texas, The Red Raiders haven’t played a team with the caliber of Texas yet.
The crowd in Lubbock will be rowdy and loud. This game matches strength against strength, the Texas defense against the high-powered Texas Tech offense. however, the game might be decided on the other side of the ball Texas needs to play much better on offense than they did against Rice and Wyoming, and The Red Raider defense also needs to play better especially against the pass.
If you are sports betting on this game, we have no real opinion on the side or total, both these teams are overvalued in our eyes, and the defenses are both underated which is why we saw the huge drop from 57.5 to the current number of 50.5 so the value on the total is gone. With that being said we have spotted 7 Saturday college football picks on other games that look very profitable from our experts standpoint. Get these winners now which include our 20 unit non conference college football game of the year.