Texas' 2019 season hasn't gone as many expected. The Longhorns entered the season with Big 12 title and College Football Playoff aspirations. With Texas Tech coming to Austin for the season's final regular season game, they are now battling to stay above .500.
Texas is just 6-5, with a 4-4 mark in Big 12 play. At its best, Tom Herman's team can play with just about anyone; one-score losses to LSU and Oklahoma show that.
Consistency has been a major issue since that loss to Oklahoma. The following week, Texas beat Kansas by just two points. The Longhorns have lost three of four since then, with a three-point win over Kansas State as the only mark in the win column.
Texas Tech is one of the better possible opponents for a reeling Texas team heading into bowl season.
In their first season under Matt Wells, the Red Raiders are just 4-7, with two wins in conference play. The transition from Kliff Kingsbury was expected to be a tough one, and it has certainly been that.
More on Saturday's game in Austin:
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Spread: Texas -9.5
Announcers: Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman
Last season, the Longhorns won this game 41-34, en route to the Sugar Bowl. The two in-state rivals have gone 2-2 in the last four games in the series.
The rivalry dates back to 1928. Texas leads 51–17 in the all-time series.
FPI has UT as a pretty heavy favorite at home in this one. The Longhorns are given a 76.1-percent chance to win, per ESPN's metric.