Texas -4.5 hosts Texas Tech in Battle of the Lone Star State

The battle of the Lone Star State takes place in the Big 12 on Thanksgiving night, when the Texas Longhorns host the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Both teams enjoyed bye weeks heading into this week and the line currently has Texas favored by 4.5 points with the point total sitting on 66.5.

The spread of 4.5 points in favor of Texas has been the prominent number on most books such as Bovada and topbet. Although some sites such as betonline and sportsbook.com opened it at 4 points. Nevertheless, it has been bet up to the current 4.5.

Texas has won each of the past four meetings against Texas Tech. Over the past three, the Longhorns have also won ATS, including last year’s road win 31-22 when the Longhorns were a road ‘dog by 6.5 points.

This season, Texas Tech is 0-4 SU and ATS over its past four games. Over the past seven games Texas Tech has played, the OVER is 7-0. During the seven games, Texas Tech gave up 40 points per game and scored 36.7 per game.

Texas still has hopes for a title in the Big 12 this season, despite a 38-13 loss to Oklahoma State in their last outing. The loss snapped the Longhorns six game winning streak. The six wins had all been conference games, but now the coaching demise of Mack Brown has started again.

Case McCoy threw three interceptions versus the Cowboys and has 8 over his past four games. Texas lost Johnathan Gray its leading rusher with 780 yards, two games ago for the rest of the season. Against Oklahoma State, the Longhorns ran for 151 yards but averaged just 3.5 yards a carry. Rushing in this game is important for the Longhorns, as the Red Raiders have allowed nearly 300 yards a game over their past four games.

Texas Tech has lost four straight with 3 being to ranked teams and the worst to Kansas State.

Texas Tech owns the nation’s best passing offense averaging 400 yards per game. They use two quarterbacks that are true freshmen in Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. The two have combined for 28 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Texas is 3-0 SU and ATS in its past three head-to-head encounters with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are 0-4 SU and ATS over their past four games played.

The game should be high scoring with the Red Raiders trying to force the tempo. The OVER has cashed in all seven of the Red Raiders last seven games.

Pick: Texas Longhorns 35-30

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