Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/4/14
Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-2) at Kansas State Wildcats (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Snyder Family Stadium)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -12.5 -- Over/Under: 68 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas State Wildcats host the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are coming off back-to-back losses and would love nothing more than to get a big win here. The Red Raiders may have to play this game without quarterback Davis Webb, who is questionable with a shoulder injury he suffered last week. If Webb can’t go, freshman Patrick Mahomes will likely get the start, and he’s thrown only five passes in his short career. Considering Texas Tech is one of the top passing teams in the country, who starts at the QB position will go a long way in determining if the Red Raiders have a chance in this ball game. Either way, the Red Raiders ground game isn’t too shabby, as DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton have combined for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns. However, Texas Tech fans can only hope Webb is ready for this game as starting a freshman on the road wouldn’t bode well. Defensively, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing 456.5 yards per game and have forced four turnovers and five sacks. Keenon Ward leads Texas Tech with 18 solo tackles and Pete Robertson has three tackles for loss.
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This game begins a tough Big 12 stretch for the Kansas State Wildcats, a slate of games that gives them a chance to prove themselves to the rest of the country. Offensively, KSU remains the Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett show, as Waters is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and is second on the team with 215 rushing yards, and Lockett leads the way with 274 receiving yards and a touchdown. Running back Charles Jones has eight rushing touchdowns and Kansas State is 3-0 SU this year when he scores at least twice. Kansas State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when scoring at least 20 points. Defensively, the Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 308 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and six sacks. Jonathan Truman leads Kansas State with 34 tackles and Elijah Lee has 2.5 sacks.
The Red Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wildcats are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 conference games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Assuming Davis Webb is good to go, I like the Texas Tech Red Raiders to keep this game under two touchdowns. Kansas State has played pretty well this season but haven't yet faced an offense as explosive or balanced as the Red Raiders. If Webb plays in this matchup, Texas Tech should put up a hell of a fight.