- Did you know that Texas Tech lost not one, but two quarterbacks from Lake Travis this offseason? Baker Mayfield, who last year became the first true freshman walk-on quarterback to start a season opener at a BCS school, transferred to Oklahoma. And Michael Brewer left Lubbock and transferred to Virginia Tech.
- Did you know that the Texas-Texas Tech game is already sold out? It’s the earliest sell out in school history. Of course, “sell out” in this case is a misnomer; tickets are still available through Texas, which must eat the cost of any unsold tickets.
- Did you know that Texas Tech opens its season against Central Arkansas? The FCS Bears, coming off a 7-5 year, will have at least one notable backer on Aug. 30. Back in the early 1980s, Central Arkansas had a pretty good safety named Charlie Strong.
We’re spending these next four days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas, Texas-BYU, Texas-UCLA, Texas-Kansas, Texas-Baylor, Texas-Oklahoma, Texas-Iowa State and Texas-Kansas State.
Game 9: Nov. 1
TEXAS AT TEXAS TECH
Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock
November, with its cooler weather, is upon us even as the conference race heats up. By the time this game is played, jockeying for bowl games will have begun in earnest. This is the only point of the season that has Texas playing back-to-back road games, so keep an eye on the Longhorns’ energy level as they fly round-trip to Manhattan, Kan., and then to Lubbock. The capacity crowd should give them a jolt.
Texas Tech spent all of 2013 streaking. Seven wins out of the gate vaulted the Red Raiders to a No. 10 ranking in the nation and earned wide praise for first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. Then came a loss to Oklahoma. And then another to Oklahoma State. Followed by three more to close out the regular season. The two-touchdown win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl helped the Red Raiders save a little face.
Last year, Texas and Texas Tech converged on Thanksgiving, each moving in opposite directions. The Longhorns had won six of seven, while Tech had dropped four in a row. Both trends continued, as Texas’ Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron accumulated 100 yards each, and the Texas defense recorded nine sacks. The 41-16 romp set up Texas’ showdown the following week against Baylor for the outright Big 12 championship.
Texas vs. Texas Tech: FYI
Storylines: (1) Will Davis Webb be the Big 12’s next outstanding quarterback? Last year as a true freshman, he threw for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the bowl win. (2) Will Texas be accelerating toward the season’s finish line or losing steam by the eighth game? It’s no guarantee since the Longhorns lack game-ready depth at several positions. (3) This will be a contrast in coaches. Kingsbury is young, brash and preaches offense. Strong is a veteran, reserved and preaches defense.
All-time series: Texas leads, 48-15
Last time: Texas, 31-21 (2013)
Last year: Texas was 8-5 overall, 7-2 in the Big 12 and 3-2 on the road (wins at Iowa State, TCU and West Virginia; losses at BYU and Baylor). Texas Tech was 8-5, 4-5 and 4-2 at home (wins over Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas State and Kansas; losses to Oklahoma State and Kansas State).
Texas vs. Texas Tech, in Austin: 30-5
Texas vs. Texas Tech, in Lubbock: 17-10
Kirk Bohls says: Texas wins
Cedric Golden says: Texas wins
Vegas says: Texas Tech by 1
Tomorrow’s game breakdown: West Virginia, Nov. 8
News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to Statesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at statesman.com/subscribe.