Texas (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) at No. 20 Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Texas Tech by 7½.
Series Record: Texas leads 46-15.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A win by Texas could help chill the hot seat beneath Mack Brown and talk about his future with the Longhorns. Brown is hoping for a strong defensive performance to extend the Longhorns win streak to three. Texas Tech wants to avoid a second straight loss to quell fears of a repeat of last year's five-game skid that closed its worst season in two decades. The two teams are tied for third in the Big 12.
Texas Tech RB Kenny Williams vs. Texas linebackers Steve Edmond and Dalton Santos. Any time the Longhorns have faced teams who can put up points they give up oodles of rushing yards. Texas has allowed more than 230 yards rushing four times this season. Williams leads the Red Raiders in rushing (63 ypg) but two other running backs, SaDale Foster and Eric Stephens, also have made strong contributions. Texas Tech is averaging 149 yards rushing, but against the Longhorns the trio could get much more.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Texas: QB David Ash. He has struggled of late, throwing only one touchdown pass in the last three games. He had two interceptions against Kansas last week and was pulled late in the game. Backup Case McCoy's 1-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Grant with 12 seconds left gave Texas a 21-17 win. Brown said he "would not hesitate" to pull Ash again if he doesn't play well Saturday.
Texas Tech: QB Seth Doege. Texas Tech's senior may have lost traction in his shot at the Heisman Trophy but he's still one of the nation's best, having thrown for 30 TDs and 2,540 yards. Doege's day against Kansas State wasn't his best showing but he had 13 touchdowns in the previous two weeks, including one to beat TCU in triple overtime.
FACTS & FIGURES
Texas has won the last three games against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders last beat the Longhorns in 2008 when Graham Harrell hit Michael Crabtree for a touchdown in the final seconds of the game. . . . Mack Brown is 11-3 against Texas Tech, with all three losses coming in Lubbock. . . . Ten or more receivers have caught at least one pass in seven of eight Red Raiders games this season. . . . A win over the Longhorns would be the first time the Red Raiders have won consecutive Big 12 home games since 2009. . . . Texas has won all three of its true road games this season.