CFB: Texas Tech at Texas (8:00 PM ET, ABC)


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CFB: Texas Tech at Texas (8:00 PM ET, ABC)

You've seen the play a hundred times by now, Michael Crabtree catching the winning TD pass in the waning seconds of last year's Texas Tech upset of Texas. That game cost the Longhorns a shot at the national title. Well, payback could be coming on Saturday


2009-09-18

You've seen the play a hundred times by now, Michael Crabtree catching the winning TD pass in the waning seconds of last year's Texas Tech upset of Texas. That game cost the Longhorns a shot at the national title. Well, payback could be coming on Saturday, as a loaded and hungry Texas team hosts the Red Raiders and is expected to win big. The odds at Sportsbook.com say Texas by 17-1/2 and still almost 80% of bettors envision an even bigger blowout.

Starting with the 2005 season, Texas coach Mack Brown won't have to motivate his players to be ready for this prime time tilt, history will take care of that. Speaking of history, many trends are on the Longhorns side, as they are 17-8 ATS as favorites of 10.5 or more points in Austin.

Tech junior Taylor Potts has faced North Dakota and Rice at Lubbock in his first two starts as the triggerman in Mike Leach's aerial assault attack. He'll be asked to maintain his poise on the road for the first time against a bitter rival. Don't expect coach Leach to panic, he just reloads with the next capable chucker and always has a flock of talented pass-catchers that thrive in his system. Defense will be the greater concern against Texas, trying to stop McCoy from hogging the pigskin and scoring too many points. Overall, the Red Raiders are 12-7 ATS as road underdogs in Leach's tenure.

As mentioned, this is the road opener for Texas Tech and they are 7-6 and 4-8-1 ATS as travelers. The home team has had the better of things of late in the head-to-head macthups, with an 8-3 ATS mark in the series. Dating back to 1993, the favorite is a mere 6-10 against the spread; nevertheless, the Longhorns are 8-2 ATS when the total is between 63.5 and 70. This week's total is 66.

This primetime ABC matchup will be greeted by Sportsbook.com with more than the usual array of betting options. If you're planning on sitting down to this one, be sure to spice it up by seeing what is available on the LIVE ODDS page.

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