Texas Tech vs. Iowa State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Tech vs. Iowa State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State Cyclones (4-2) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-2)

College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Jones AT&T Stadium)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -6 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Iowa State Cyclones look to remain unbeaten on the road by winning three straight games for the first time since 2012. The Iowa State Cyclones have won three straight road games. Kyle Kempt is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 465 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kempt will enter this game with 46 career pass attempts under his belt. Hakeem Butler and Allen Lazard have combined for 722 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Trever Ryen has 21 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 107 yards per contest, and David Montgomery leads the way with 478 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 21.7 points and 356.2 yards per game. Joel Lanning leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 64 tackles, JaQuan Bailey has three sacks and Kamari Cotton-Moya has three interceptions. 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders need a bounce back victory after losing two of their last three games. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost four of their last six home games. Nic Shimonek is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 2,134 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Shimonek has thrown at least two touchdowns in five of the six games this season. Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell have combined for 1,079 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Derrick Willies has 16 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 167.6 yards per contest, and Justin Stockton leads the way with 481 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 30.8 points and 430.5 yards per game. Jordyn Brooks leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 48 tackles, Eli Howard has 3.5 sacks and Dakota Allen has two interceptions.

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The Cyclones are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in October, 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Red Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

Iowa State heads into this game with a ton of confidence, playing well on both sides of the ball and proving it can win on the road. However, the Cyclones are playing an inexperienced quarterback who has less than 50 pass attempts under his belt, which is kind of scary considering Texas Tech is going to put points on the board and force ISU into a position to match. The Red Raiders are also going to be an upset football team after blowing a big second half lead last week against West Virginia. Texas Tech's only two losses this season have come against teams that can light it up offensively. Despite how well Iowa State has played up to this point, I'm not sure it's one of those teams. I'll take Texas Tech by a touchdown.

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Texas Tech Red Raiders -6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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