exas Tech football: 3 predictions for Red Raiders vs. Texas.
The Texas Tech football team has a chance to make a message that will be heard throughout the country today. Those kinds of changes come around just once in a lifetime. As league restructuring has placed the program’s longest rivalry in jeopardy, so maybe the opportunity to defeat the Texas Longhorns.
Perhaps this is why the 2021 edition of the series has more weight than a battle between two unranked teams should. For Texas Tech, though, any chance to defeat the Horns is crucial.
Unfortunately, it has only occurred 17 times out of 73 all-time encounters. Still, if Tech wants to reestablish itself as a Big 12 contender, games like today’s will have to start falling Tech’s way more often.
Over the past two seasons, Tech has been unable to win games against teams that have made an impact in the Big 12, much alone on a national level. Though this year’s Longhorns are unlikely to achieve great things, defeating Texas usually raises eyebrows in the league and throughout the country because, like it or not, UT is a soap opera that the whole country can’t get enough of.
As a result, Matt Wells and his team may make significant progress in their rebuilding efforts. Beating Texas not only satisfies a large part of the fan base but also gives the season some credibility by giving you a victory over one of the conference’s two top teams.
Despite the fact that this isn’t a game against a top-tier Texas club and that the Red Raiders have harder opponents on the horizon,
today’s game in Austin is nonetheless significant for this season’s Red Raiders. So let’s take a look at what might happen this afternoon.
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Texas Tech will hold Bijan Robinson below 85 yards rushing
The top-10 nationally rated Red Raider rush defense will face Texas star rushing back Bijan Robinson in the game’s highlight.
In fact, the result of that match may have the most impact on the outcome of this game.
Robinson has already reached the 1,000-yard running mark in his Texas career,
and he’s only played in 13 games. And it seems like he is just touching the surface of his potential.
Robinson has surpassed the 100-yard mark in five of his past seven games, including the three he’s played this season.
To put it another way, he’ll be a difficult matchup for Kieth Patterson’s defense.
This Red Raider defense, on the other hand,
will be up to the job and will limit Robinson to less than 85 yards running, which is almost 15 yards less than his season average.
And it will be because of Tech’s formidable front-seven.
When facing the Longhorns in the past, Tech has been outmanned in the trenches and in the box, but not this year.
Tech has enough strength in the center of the line, thanks to players like DTs Jaylon Hutchings and Tony Bradford Jr.,
to keep the linebackers clean and enable them to flow to the ball carrier, which should help the defense keep Robinson in check.
It will be almost difficult to bring him to a halt, but Tech can stop him from running amok right now.
So expect a strong performance by the Red Raider front seven,
which is allowing opponents to run for just 1.7 yards per carrying, to disprove the doubters and prevent Texas’ star from having a monster game.
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