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For the first time since 2013, the Texas Longhorns are back in a bowl game. Meanwhile, for maybe the third time in four years, Texas Tech may miss one.

The Longhorns (6-5) will host the Red Raiders (5-6) Friday night at 7 pm CST. The Red Raiders have not been able to play well against top competition all year, while rallying against weaker teams.

In games against teams that have any kind of defense, Tech has struggled. Those struggles were on display just last week against TCU. The Horned Frogs held Tech without a touchdown and to three points for the first time since 2006.

Other times the Red Raiders have struggled were against OU, Kansas State, Houston and Iowa State. Although they still managed to put up points, they ultimately found ways to lose these games and not score the season average points.

On the other hand, the Longhorns seemed to maybe have something found out. The ever-turning quarterback carousel should probably stop with Sam Ehlinger. The Longhorn offense has been more efficient under the freshman and was able to produce, scoring 28 or more in three of the last four.

The Texas defense is what will be a key to this Friday night matchup, as its kept teams under 28 every week since it played Oklahoma. The Sooners put up 29.

A bowl game is on the line for the Red Raiders, and for the Longhorns, confidence heading into the postseason. Kliff Kingsbury would possibly feel his seat get quite a bit warmer should his squad finish the season with only five wins.

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