The 5-4 Red Raiders have had a competitive season (their three Big 12 losses are all by 9 points or less to ISU, OU and WVU and their non conference opening loss to Ole Miss was when Bowman was still a pup) peppered with some bad streaks of injury luck. Texas represents an opportunity for them to secure bowl eligibility and for Kliff Kingsbury to secure yet another job security win over Texas.
Lubbock as an impossible road venue is an exaggerated idea (Texas is 20-10 there all time) but a night game adds an extra element of fun and danger. You don’t get to pretend you’re a snake pit if Texas goes in there and wins 67% of the time, but since 2002, the Red Raiders have won 75% of their home night games, a fair number of those against ranked teams. There’s no doubt that Lubbock will be riled up. They’ll be honoring the 2008 Red Raiders, so expect a lot of Crabtree flashbacks and for the announcers to endlessly babble about it. Prepare yourself mentally for that ear beating.
This is a game should Texas win.