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Betting On College Football – Longhorns, Red Raiders in Lone Star Shootout

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 17 September 2010 19:30

Texas vs. Texas Tech Betting OddsNot that those betting on college football need more reason to watch Saturday’s Big 12 showdown between Texas and Texas Tech, as these two are always good for two things: lots of points, and an exciting game.  But the Longhorns’ offense is in transition, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can hang with the high-flying Red Raiders.

Texas vs. Texas Tech Betting – Saturday, September 18th, 8:00 PM ET

The No.6 Longhorns dropped Wyoming 34-7 at home, although it took a while for them to get going.  Garrett Gilbert was 22-of-35 for 222 yards and a touchdown in his first start in Austin, and he got some help from a rushing attack that racked up 167 yards.  Defensively, the Longhorns allowed 257 yards, including only 58 yards on 30 attempts, and they stopped Wyoming on 12 of their 15 third-down attempts.  This isn’t the Longhorns of old, who are going to pass all over you and those who make NFL picks know that Colt McCoy is now in the NFL.  Until Gilbert gets more comfortable in the pocket, the Longhorns are going to be methodical, using the ground game and one of the country’s best defenses to try and protect their Big 12 crown.

The Red Raiders blew out New Mexico 52-17 on the road, posting 462 yards in offense.  Taylor Potts, the next in the assembly line of quarterbacks to come to Texas Tech, was 22-of-34 for 293 yards and three touchdowns.  The Red Raiders even managed 152 yards on the ground, but make no mistake about it: Texas Tech is a passing team, even with Mike Leach gone and Tommy Tuberville in place.  Tuberville will probably try and establish the running game more than Leach, but he knows what Texas Tech wants to do.  Defensively, the Red Raiders may be a bit worried: they forced three turnovers, but they also allowed 433 yards against a horrible team.

The posted total will be a bit of a sports betting bonus in this game, in which the Longhorns are 3-point favorites on the road, as seven of the last nine have gone over the total.  The Longhorns have won eight of their last 10 against the Red Raiders, but both losses came in Lubbock in 2002 and 2008.  The 2008 loss prevented the Longhorns from playing in the BCS title game, so it still stings a bit.  We’re going with the Longhorns to come away with a win in this game as their defense is definitely good enough to keep the Red Raiders under wraps, and you can look for coordinator Will Muschamp to blitz the inexperienced Potts all night long.  Offensively, Texas still have a ways to go, but the Texas Tech defense is pretty bad.   Take Texas to cover on your sports betting sites.

 
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