Kansas State vs. Texas Tech - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas State vs. Texas Tech - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (4-6)

College Football: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm (Snyder Family Stadium)

The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in Week 12 Big 12 College Football action.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-5 (3-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 19th ranked Texas Longhorns, 41-34, this past Saturday. Texas Tech fought back from a 27-10 deficit entering the 4th quarter to tie it at 27-all, however, the Red Raiders couldn’t secure the come from behind victory after the Longhorns took the lead for good with a 29-yd TD pass by Sam Ehlinger with just :21 seconds left in regulation. Texas Tech outgained Texas by a 595-469 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jett Duffey who completed 37 of 47 passes for 444 yards, 4 TD, & 1 INT while also adding 80 yards on the ground.

On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 41.8 ppg on 529.4 total yards per game (383.4 passing yds/g; 146.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by WR Antoine Wesley who has 9 TD’s on the season while averaging 134.7 receiving yds/g on 7.8 rec/g. The other top receivers for the Red Raiders include Ja’Deion High (5.5 rec/g; 69.9 yds/g; 3 TD) & T.J. Vasher (4.7 rec/g; 61.9 yds/g; 7 TD). QB Alan Bowman (17 TD; 7 INT; 329.8 passing yds/g) missed last game due to a lung issue and is currently questionable for this matchup. Replacing Bowman has been Jett Duffey who has completed 66.9% of his passes for 8 TD & 5 INT while averaging 153.0 passing yds/g. Duffey also leads Texas Tech in rushing as he had 4 rushing TD’s and is averaging 53.9 rushing yds/g. In the backfield with Duffey has been Ta’Zhawn Henry (9.4 att/g; 38.4 yds/g; 8 TD) & Demarcus Felton (4.9 att/g; 25.5 yds/g).

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Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing their opponents to average 31.7 ppg on 454.2 total yards per game (293.9 passing yds/g; 160.3 rushing yds/g).

The Kansas State Wildcats snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 4-6 (2-5 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks, 21-17, this past Saturday. Kansas State has all they could handle from their in-state rivals as they trailed late in the 4th quarter, however, the Wildcats were able to avoid the upset after a 21-yd rushing TD by Alex Delton gave the Wildcats the lead for good with 2:46 left in regulation. Kansas State was outgained by Kansas by a 347-301 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Wildcats was  RB Alex Barnes who had 117 rushing yards & 2 TD on 22 carries.

On the season, Kansas State is averaging 21.1 ppg on 334.1 total yards per game (154.9 passing yds/g; 179.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kansas State has been led by RB Alex Barnes who has 11 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 103.5 rushing yds/g on 19.6 att/g. QB Skylar Thompson (5 TD; 3 INT; 110.6 passing yds/g) has pretty much missed the last two weeks due to an undisclosed injury which has opened the door for QB Alex Delton to start. Delton has completed 44 of 80 passes on the season for 2 TD, 2 INT, and 554 passing yards while also picking up 2 rushing TD’s on the season. The top receiving targets for the Wildcats have been Isaiah Zuber (4.3 rec/g; 52.2 yds/g; 3 TD) & Dalton Schoen (3.0 rec/g; 47.6 yds/g; 2 TD).

Defensively, Kansas State is allowing their opponents to average 25.7 ppg on 416.7 total yards per game (246.2 passing yds/g; 170.5 rushing yds/g).

It’s been a lost season for Kansas State as although their defense has been decent, their offense just can’t put up points as they come into this game ranked just 120th in scoring offense. Texas Tech might have lost three straight however, they were very competitive in games vs. Iowa State, Oklahoma, & Texas and as I just don’t see the Red Raiders having trouble against a Wildcats team that almost lost to Kansas, I’m taking Texas Tech to cover this road spread.

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Brett’s Pick Texas Tech Red Raiders -7

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

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