Big 12: Iowa State vs Texas Tech College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/10/20
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Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-2) at Iowa State Cyclones (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -13 -- Over/Under: 62.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Iowa State Cyclones meet Saturday in week 6 college football action at MidAmerican Energy Field.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders need a victory here to prevent a disappointing 1-3 start to the CFB season. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost six of their last seven road games. Alan Bowman is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 748 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Bowman has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Erik Ezukanma and KeSean Carter have combined for 449 receiving yards and six touchdowns while T.J. Vasher has 14 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 169.3 yards per contest, and SaRodorick Thompson leads the way with 268 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 42.3 points and 493.3 yards per game. Krishon Merriweather leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 27 tackles, Eli Howard has 1.5 sacks and Alex Hogan has one interception.
The Iowa State Cyclones look for a third straight win to get off to a surprising 3-1 record. The Iowa State Cyclones have won five of their last seven home games. Brock Purdy is completing 56.1 percent of his passes for 610 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Purdy has one or less touchdown passes in his last five games. Xavier Hutchinson and Landen Akers have combined for 247 receiving yards and one touchdown while Charlie Kolar has nine receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 168.3 yards per contest, and Breece Hall leads the way with 396 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 31.7 points and 394.7 yards per game. Mike Rose leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 27 tackles, JaQuan Bailey has 3.5 sacks and Isheem Young has one interception.
The Red Raiders are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cyclones are 24-8-2 ATS in their last 34 games in October, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Red Raiders last 5 road games. The under is 23-11-2 in Cyclones last 36 games overall. The Red Raiders are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The status of Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman obviously has to be confirmed before betting this contest, but assuming he'll be good to go, I'll take a shot with the Red Raiders and the points. Despite the losses, Texas Tech has been in every game this season, including taking a then top-10 Texas team to overtime. The Iowa State Cyclones are the better team, but they're also coming off one of their bigger wins over the last few years, upsetting Oklahoma and beating the Sooners at home for the first time since 1960. There's potential for a bit of a letdown in this game, especially seeing how Iowa State's coach was emotional after the victory.
I'll take my two free touchdowns, but Bowman has to be on the field.