TEXAS TECH VS. TEXAS PREVIEW: Red Raiders and Horns back under the lights

Red Raiders wide receiver T.J. Vasher (9) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Jett Duffey, Sam Ehlinger square off in battle of running QBs.

Texas Tech hosts Texas at 6:30 on Saturday night on Fox at Jone AT&T Stadium. Texas is a 1.5-point favorite, but ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives the Red Raiders a 60.2-percent chance to win.

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WR Antoine Wesley moved up to second in the nation in receiving yards after catching 12 passes for 199 yards against Oklahoma. If he can help the Red Raiders notch a couple more wins this season, he could be a frontrunner for the Biletnikoff Award.

QB Jett Duffey stepped in full-time for the injured Alan Bowman in the third quarter against Oklahoma. Duffey finished with 139 passing yards, 47 rushing yards and 3 total TDs. It seems very likely he’ll be the starter against Texas and the Red Raiders will need him to produce to defeat the Longhorns.

LB Riko Jeffers has been a mainstay in Texas Tech’s linebacker rotation all season and he’s been productive. Jeffers has 43 total tackles, including 5.5 TFLs. The Red Raiders need him to find an even higher level down the stretch.

S Jah’Shawn Johnson led Texas Tech with six solo tackles against Oklahoma. With LB Dakota Allen likely out with a knee injury, it will be up to Johnson to provide senior leadership for the Red Raiders versus Texas.

SERIES HISTORY: Texas leads the all-time series, 50-17. The Red Raiders claimed a 27-23 victory over the Longhorns in Austin last November. Neither team has won on its home field since the Longhorns defeated the Red Raiders 41-16 in Austin in 2013.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "If you've got it, you got it and if you don't, work your magic and I think you've seen some of that at times. If we can get (quarterback Jett Duffey) so comfortable, to where he's playing and not thinking so much, that's when he's going to take that next step.” Kliff Kingsbury on QB Jett Duffey getting acclimated to playing the position at the college level.

KEY MATCHUP: Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey vs. Texas front seven. Duffey made just enough plays to help Texas Tech defeat TCU in Fort Worth in October. He has rare play-making ability, but his decision-making has been questionable at times. Texas has a talented group of defensive linemen and linebackers, so it will be imperative for Duffey to know when to pass and when to tuck the ball and run in order to consistently move the Red Raider offense.


--QB Alan Bowman left the Oklahoma game with a re-occurrence of the lung injury that caused him to miss the TCU game. Initial reports were that the re-occurrence is less severe than the original injury, but Bowman was still in the hospital as of Tuesday and he’s doubtful to play this week against Texas.

--LB Dakota Allen left the Oklahoma game with a knee injury. Kingsbury said he’s day-to-day and the team will see if he can play on Saturday.

--RB Tre King missed the last two games dealing with a knee injury. He will be a game-time decision against Texas.