Texas Tech vs. Houston Baptist - 9/12/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Tech vs. Houston Baptist - 9/12/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Baptist Huskies (0-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Jones AT&T Stadium)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -39.5 -- Over/Under: 71 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Baptist Huskies and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Houston Baptist Huskies look for a bounce back showing after losing their season opener to North Texas. Bailey Zappe is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 480 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Zappe has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 13 games. Ben Ratzlaff and Jerreth Sterns have combined for 201 receiving yards and one touchdown while Vernon Harrell has one reception. The Houston Baptist Huskies ground game is averaging 89 yards per contest, and Ean Beek leads the way with 48 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Houston Baptist is allowing 57 points and 721 yards per game. Caleb Johnson leads the Houston Baptist Huskies with 12 tackles, Brennan Young has one tackle for loss and Patrick Wolfe has one interception.

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders are coming off a four-win season that included a 3-3 record at home. The Texas Tech Red Raiders averaged 30.5 points per game and 474.3 yards while allowing an average of 30.3 points and 390.8 yards per game. Alan Bowman should takeover full time at quarterback after throwing for 1,020 yards and six touchdowns on 154 pass attempts. SaRodorick Thompson is back after leading Texas Tech with 765 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman, while Erik Ezukanma is back as the Red Raiders top receiver with 664 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Riko Jeffers returns after 76 tackles, Eli Howard led the Red Raiders with five sacks and Damarcus Fields had three interceptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders should be better defensively and their top offensive weapons are more experienced. This should be a successful season for Texas Tech.  

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This is a lot of points to lay in a season opener and a lot of respect going in the direction of a Texas Tech squad that wasn't good last season. However, the Houston Baptist Huskies just allowed 57 points and over 700 yards to North Texas. The Texas Tech Red Raiders return a lot of key players from last year and have more talent on the offensive side than the Mean Green. I'm never thrilled about laying these monster numbers, but Texas Tech should have its way in this contest if North Texas did last week.

I'll eat the chalk.

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Randy’s Pick Texas Tech Red Raiders -39.5

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