The #22 Texas Longhorns (2-1) have put the sting from the 20-19 loss to Alabama in week two in the rearview, bouncing back for a 41-20 win over UTSA last Saturday.
The Longhorns have another test upcoming, though, visiting Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) and one of the most explosive passing offenses in the nation.
This matchup is the first road game of the season for Texas, but the Red Raiders have revenge on their minds after a 70-35 loss last year in Austin. The Longhorns have now won four straight in the head-to-head series, have scored 49+ points the last three, and are a TD favorite on Saturday.
Who Quarterbacks for Texas?
Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian told the media that all his quarterbacks have been practicing this week, so could we see Quinn Ewers back as the starting signal caller? Ewers, the Ohio State transfer and former #1 overall prospect, was 9/12 for 134 yards vs. Alabama before injuring his clavicle.
Hudson Card played solid against Alabama, going 14/22 for 158 yards, and was 15/23 for 161 yards and a TD last week against UTSA. Texas would probably like to see what they have in Ewers but also want to make sure he’s healthy for the Big 12 grind.
It may not matter who quarterbacks for the Longhorns when you have All-American candidate Bijan Robinson in the backfield. He rattled off scoring runs of 3, 78, and 41 yards last week, finishing with 183 yards vs. UTSA. Texas Tech does have the #19 rush defense (83.3 ypg) in the nation, however.
TTU Tries to Use Home Field
Jones AT&T Stadium needs to be rocking on Saturday as Texas playing their first road game of the season is a huge advantage for the Red Raiders.
TTU started off the season undefeated at home, getting a 63-10 win over Murray State and then beating #25 Houston 33-30 in 2OT.
The Red Raiders went on the road last week and suffered a 27-14 loss to #16 NC State. Now TTU coach Joey McGuire will have to game plan after a loss for the first time in his tenure at Lubbock.
Texas Tech may also have some legitimate QB concerns coming into this game. Donovan Smith was great in throwing for four TDs in relief of the injured Tyler Shough in the season opener, but he has tossed five INTs the past two games. If Texas can hold Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young to 213 yards in week two, they can really get to Smith and frustrate him.
Texas at Texas Tech Pick
The Red Raiders average 374 pass yards a game which is fourth most in the country, but how much are the turnover concerns going to lurk on Saturday? Texas is playing in their first road game of the season, but they can also run the football with Robinson, and having a solid ground game makes traveling much easier.
We don’t know for certain who will QB for the Longhorns or if both Card and Ewers will split reps. When you can run the football and play solid defense, it doesn’t matter as much who is taking the snaps. Texas has been dominant in this series scoring 133 points against TTU the last two games – and that continues in 2022.
Pick: Texas -7