Final scheduled matchup between Red Raiders and Longhorns
With Texas’ impending move to the SEC, this Friday’s game in Austin is the final on the schedule for these two teams.
The series has been played every season since 1959 with a heavy favor to the Longhorns. A similar situation was the Texas A&M series which was played every season from 1956 until the Aggies move to the SEC in 2011, a game that hasn’t been played since.
Best Texas team since?
The Longhorns have fielded plenty of quality teams over the years, but this one seems to be the best in some time, and the rankings back that up.
Texas’ No. 7 ranking is the highest the Red Raiders have played in Austin since September of 2009 when the Horns held a No. 2 ranking in the BCS rankings.
Two of the best defensive linemen in the nation
T’Vondre Sweat and Byron Murphy II lead the attack up front and have been the two best interior defensive linemen in the nation this season according to PFF.
Sweat has been active in the run game and despite only having two sacks on the season, he has logged 20 quarterback hurries and deflected four passes in his stellar campaign.
Longhorns struggle to put teams away in 2023
Texas has been majorly favored in its games since the loss to Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry back in October and have struggled to put its opponents away.
The Red Raiders opened as 14-point underdogs in Austin and hope they can get into a close game as Houston, TCU, Kansas State and Iowa State have done in the past few weeks.
Red Raiders look to spoil Longhorns playoff, Big 12 title game hopes
Tech heads into Austin with Texas looking to punch its ticket into the Big 12 title game with a win.
If the Red Raiders knock off the Longhorns, Texas can fall out of the Big 12 championship if Oklahoma and Oklahoma State win their respective games on Saturday.