The Texas Longhorns are winless away from Austin this season (0-4) and if Charlie Strong’s bunch hopes to change that Saturday morning, they’ll have to do so against one of the most explosive offenses in recent memory. Fortunately for Strong, Sterlin Gilbert and the offensive cast, opposite Texas Tech’s potent offense is a tremendously sub-par defense that’s allowed 65-plus points twice this season.
We may be in for yet another shootout Saturday morning, which hasn’t worked out in Texas’ favor much this season, nor have road games and 11:00 a.m. games (0-3), but if Strong’s defense can make a few stops, his ‘Horns may be headed for a 5-4 mark following their first road victory of the season.
- Five things to watch vs. Texas Tech.
- Texas must slow Texas Tech’s potent passing attack.
At 11:00 a.m., a Texas’ secondary that ranks 94th in the nation will be matched up with college football’s most potent air raid offense, headlined by yet another elite quarterback-wide-receiver duo in Patrick Mahomes II and Jonathan Giles, and will do so away from Austin where Texas is 0-4 this season. Collectively, Texas Tech’s offense leads the nation in passing offense per game (500.6), first downs (254) and first downs through the air (169), as well as total yards per game (603).
- Tyrone Swoopes will continue to see reps at running back.
- A Burnt Orange Nation Q&A with Viva The Matadors.
VTM: I think Texas Tech needs a strong start to have chance, like scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions and forcing Texas to play from behind and throw the ball. Ultimately I think our defense won’t get off the field enough and Texas will be able to run wild. Our offense might put up big numbers but it won’t be enough. Texas 45, Texas Tech 35.
- Charlie Strong’s third season has provided progress.
At the same point last season, the Longhorns’ point differential was -71, which was aided by opponents simply blowing Texas out (Notre Dame 38-3, TCU 50-7, Iowa State 24-0). 2016 has narrated a completely different story; one boasting a +26 point differential, despite the Longhorns defensive struggles.
For starters, it was essential that a Texas team with no shortage of talent eliminate the blowout losses. The three defeats to California, Oklahoma and Kansas State came by a total of 15 points, while the 18-point road loss to Oklahoma State was more competitive than the final score would indicate.
- Burnt Orange Nation staff predictions.
How to watch, listen, and stream
TV: Fox Sports 1
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Commentary: Tim Brando will provide the play-by-play while Spencer Tillman adds analysis. Bruce Feldman will be the sideline reporter.
Radio: Sirius channel 81, XM channel 81 and online channel 81.
Online Streaming: Fox Sports Go.
Weather: 63 degrees and cloudy.
Odds: Texas (-3)