Iowa State vs. Texas Tech - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-6) at Iowa State Cyclones (2-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Iowa State Cyclones clash Saturday in a Big 12 college football game at Jack Trice Stadium on FS1.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are desperate for a road victory after losing five of their last six games. The Texas Tech Red Raiders need to win their final two games in order to become bowl eligible. Patrick Mahomes II is completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 4,230 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Mahomes has three or more touchdown passes in three of his last four games. Jonathan Giles and Cameron Batson have combined for 1,623 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns while Keke Coutee has 39 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 109.6 yards per contest, and Demarcus Felton leads the way with 366 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 42.1 points and 541 yards per game. Malik Jenkins leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 66 tackles, Kris Williams has five sacks and Keenon Ward has one interception.
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The Iowa State Cyclones look for back-to-back victories for the first time this season to help shake a 2-8 season. The Iowa State Cyclones have five home wins since the 2014 season. Joel Lanning is completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Lanning and Jacob Park have combined for 19 touchdown passes this season. Allen Lazard and Deshaunte Jones have combined for 1,173 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Trever Ryen has 30 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 149.1 yards per contest, and Mike Warren leads the way with 547 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 31.7 points and 451.6 yards per game. Kane Seeley leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 64 tackles, Jhaustin Thomas has three sacks and Jomal Wiltz has two interceptions.
The Red Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
This is a game Iowa State could win considering Texas Tech is probably the worst defensive team in the country and is actually dead last in yards allowed. But while Texas Tech allows a boatload of points and yards, Mahomes and that Red Raiders offense is tough to stop. I'm not sure Iowa State will be able to keep up and score the 30 or 40 points it's likely going to take to win this game. Remember, Texas Tech beat Iowa State 66-31 last season, and the Red Raiders need this game in order to have a shot at a bowl game. I like the Red Raiders and the low line.