Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/25/14
Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1)
College Football: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Boone Pickens Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma State Cowboys will square off Thursday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive issues were exposed in a crushing loss against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Texas Tech is 112th in the country, allowing 36.7 points per game and 432.7 yards per game. And it’s not like the Red Raiders make up for it with big plays, as they’ve forced just three sacks and two turnovers. Keenon Ward leads Texas Tech with 15 solo tackles, while Branden Jackson and Tevin Madison each have 1.5 tackles for loss. Offensively, Texas Tech remains one of the better passing teams in the country with Davis Webb completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 982 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez have combined for more than 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns. While shying away from the run at times, the Red Raiders are averaging close to six yards per rush and DeAndre Washington is having his best season ever at Texas Tech. However, the Red Raiders defensive concerns are a major red flag and aren’t going to help them win many conference games if it continues.
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys have rebounded nicely from their opening week loss to the Florida State Seminoles, and have a balanced offense as usual. Daxx Garman is doing a nice job of taking care of the ball, completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 559 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. Eventually Garman will have will have to do a little bit more through the air as the competition increases. However, the weapons are all there as Brandon Sheperd, David Glidden and Jhajuan Seales all have more than 150 receiving yards and have proven to be big play threats. The Cowboys also have three 100-plus yards rushers already and are averaging more than four yards per carry as a team. As you expect under head coach Mike Gundy, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are an explosive offensive team. Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing 352 yards and has forced three turnovers and 10 sacks. Ryan Simmons leads Oklahoma State with 21 tackles and Josh Furman has four tackles for loss.
The Red Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cowboys are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Red Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Oklahoma State.
Texas Tech's defense has proven to be one of the worst in the country. That's not a good thing if they're hoping to upset the Cowboys. And while Oklahoma State's defense can be shaky at times, it does create turnovers and difference making plays. This game shouldn't be close with the way the Red Raiders play defense.