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Arizona vs. Texas Tech - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Tech at Arizona
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Arizona Stadium
Tuscon, AZ
The Line
Texas Tech -2.5 -- O/U: 73.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arizona Wildcats meet in a week 3 college football matchup from Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to maintain their perfect start with a road win, improving to 2-0 last time out with a 38-3 win over UTEP. Alan Bowman has thrown for 696 yards on 70 of 95 passing good for a 71.4% completion percentage along with 5 touchdowns compared to just 1 interception. Armand Shyne has 170 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns while Ta’Zhawn Henry has 83 yards and a TD and SaRoderick Thompson has 75 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns this season. T.J. Vasher leads Texas Tech’s receiving group with 12 grabs for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns while Dalton Rigdon has 10 catches for 128 yards and Xavier White is the Red Raiders’ 3rd 100-yard receiver this season with 114 receiving yards. Defensively, Jordyn Brooks leads Texas Tech with 22 tackles while Riko Jeffers has 11 tackles and Douglas Coleman III has 10 tackles as the Red Raiders’ 3rd double-digit tackler through two games this season. As a team, Texas Tech is averaging 557.5 yards of total offense and 41.5 points per game this season.

The Arizona Wildcats will look to build on their first win of the season coming in the form of a 65-41 shootout win over Northern Arizona last time out. Khalil Tate has thrown for 499 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 36 of 56 passing, good for a 64.3% completion percentage while J.J. Taylor leads Arizona in rushing with 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Gary Brightwell has logged 141 rushing yards while the aforementioned Tate has added 109 rushing yards from the quarterback position. Tayvian Cunningham leads Arizona’s receiving group with 7 grabs for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns while Stanley Berryhill III has 7 catches of his own for 120 yards. Defensively, Colin Schooler leads Arizona with 11 tackles and Anthony Pandy has 10 tackles while Jalen Harris leads Arizona with 1.5 sacks this season. As a team, Arizona is averaging 629.5 yards of total offense and 51.5 points per game this season.

Texas Tech is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games in September while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Arizona is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.

I think you could make a case for either of these sides, as Texas Tech hasn’t really played anyone that they shouldn’t demolish, and the lone game that Arizona played against an FBS team, they lost. However, Arizona came up just short of tying the game against Hawaii but I’m still not sure how they fare after allowing 41 points against Northern Arizona. One thing is for sure, both of these teams know how to score, and I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams reached the high-30s or low 40s when all is said and done. Rather than trying to pick a side, I’ll side with the over here

Pick:
Over 73.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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