Oct 27, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Jaxon Shipley (8) escapes the tackle of Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Huldon Tharp (34) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 21-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Game Prediction: Texas Longhorns Vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

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It’s Friday and we are less than 24 hours from kickoff between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. What advantages, if any, do the Longhorns hold against the Red Raiders? What should we expect from the Longhorns? Find out in Hook’em Headlines game prediction for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns.

When Texas has the ball

The Texas Longhorns have been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with this constant approach of trying to be a power running football team. It hasn’t been as successful as they would like it to be, but that hasn’t stopped the offensive coordinators from trying. I expect the Longhorns to come out with a very conservative game plan, which will swing the momentum into the Texas Tech’s favor early in the game. I would like to see the Longhorns try to get more trick plays involved with the offense but I have not seen many trick plays this season. The Red Raiders defense has been very good all season. The way Oklahoma and Kansas State were able to blowout Texas Tech was their ability to move the ball up the middle and play great defense. I see the Longhorns trying to do that, but they won’t be successful.

Advantage: Texas Tech

When Texas Tech has the ball

Texas Tech is a great offense, Texas has a bad defense. I think it’s pretty obvious who has the advantage here.

Advantage: Texas Tech

Prediction

Only about 5-6 teams have a realistic shot at playing for a national title this year. November is a very weird month for college football. By this time, we know who the contenders are and who are the pretenders. Outside of those 5 to 6 teams, everyone else is looking for positive momentum heading into the off-season and the 2013 season. Mack Brown says that this team is not far off from being in contention for BCS bowls and national championships. These four games are crucial to building that case to not only the fan base, but to recruits who are looking at other schools that have it done more in the past three years than Texas has. This month will not be easy for Longhorns. Every single game on their schedule is a game that Texas can lose. But Texas can win most of the games in November if they play their best football. If you get blown out by Texas Tech who you blew out the previous year, how can you make a case that progress has been made? On paper, everything favors the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas is the true underdog and right now I don’t see them pulling off the upset.

Texas Tech wins 45-31.

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