Longhorns hoping for road win against Red Raiders
The Texas Longhorns haven’t gotten a single road win this season. They’re going to try to remedy that on Saturday when they travel to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Texas and Texas Tech have the same record (2-3, 4-4), but Tech has one road win – over TCU last week in Fort Worth. According to Texas coach Charlie Strong, his team needs to summon a home-game mindset to get their first road win. “So how good you feel when you’re at home, that’s the same feeling that we have to take when we’re on the road, even though it’s a different atmosphere,” he said.
Texas’ biggest challenge
The biggest challenge for the Longhorns this week (besides winning on the road, obviously) will be stopping Patrick Mahomes. The Tech quarterback leads the nation in passing yards (3,519) and total offense (471.3 yards per game) – and that’s after injuring his shoulder in September. He did fall on it painfully last week, which may or may not impact his game against Texas. Whether it does or not, the Longhorns’ defense has struggled all season, allowing almost 33 points per game.
If Texas wants to win, they’ll have to focus on outscoring Texas Tech, like they did against Baylor last week.
Texas Tech’s biggest challenge
The Longhorns have a strong offense this season and are able to move the ball well on that end. Behind Shane Buechele and D’Onta Foreman, they should be able to put up some good points.
Not only will the Red Raiders have to face that offensive line, they’ll also have to overcome one of the worst defenses in the country (126th out of 128 FBS teams). If they can do that, the boys from Lubbock should be able to squeak past the ’Horns. It’ll be a close game, though.