Kansas vs. Texas Tech - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Lawrence)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks +16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Kansas Jayhawks meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for their second road victory to build on their 3-1 start to the CFB season. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost six of their last nine road games. Nic Shimonek is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Shimonek has nine touchdown passes in his last three games. Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell have combined for 795 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Derrick Willies has 15 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 125.7 yards per contest, and Justin Stockton leads the way with 224 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 30 points and 454.8 yards per game. Dakota Allen leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 35 tackles, Tony Jones has two sacks and Willie Sykes has one interception.
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The Kansas Jayhawks would love a nice Big 12 victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Kansas Jayhawks have lost six of their last eight home games. Peyton Bender is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,227 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Bender has thrown two interceptions in three of the four games this season. Steven Sims Jr. and Ben Johnson have combined for 493 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jeremiah Booker has 13 receptions. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 173.7 yards per contest, and Khalil Herbert leads the way with 438 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 39.8 points and 482 yards per game. Joe Dineen Jr. leads the Kansas Jayhawks with 52 tackles, Daniel Wise has one sack and Mike Lee has one interception.
The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jayhawks are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a bye week, 6-13 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Red Raiders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Kansas, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the favorite is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
Kansas hasn't been getting blown out like it has in the past, as the Jayhawks are hanging around and Herbert is quietly putting together some really impressive performances at running back. When you add the fact Kansas has had an extra week to prepare for this game, the home team is worth a look with the points. However, Texas Tech showed last week that its one of the better teams in the Big 12 with a highly explosive offense. Kansas just played a team with the same style of Texas Tech in West Virginia, and the Jayhawks allowed 56 points and more than 600 yards of offense. It won't be a 60 minute blowout, but I look for the Texas Tech Red Raiders to pull away in the second half and get a double-digit victory.