Kansas Jayhawks (2-4) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 18, 2014, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -14.5 -- Over/Under:
The Kansas Jayhawks and Texas Tech Red Raiders will play a Big 12 matchup Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off an impressive seven-point loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys and are hoping that moral victory will carry over to this matchup. Kansas is rely on its defense to keep game competitive, as the Jayhawks are allowing 27 points, 395.3 yards, and they’ve forced 12 turnovers and 10 sacks. Kansas held Oklahoma State to only 275 yards and 27 points. Ben Heeney leads Kansas with 63 tackles and Michael Reynolds has four sacks. Offensively, Michael Cummings is completing 51.8 percent of his passes for an interception and zero touchdowns. Kansas, which has had a struggling offense all year, continues to get the bulk of its production from running back duo Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann, and they’ve produced close to 700 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Kansas Jayhawks will have to be a lot more productive offensively if they hope to pull off this upset.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have all of a sudden lost four straight and need this win if they have any hope of qualifying for a bowl game. The issue for Texas Tech continues to be its defense, as the Red Raiders are allowing 39.5 points, 485.2 yards, and they’ve forced six turnovers and nine sacks. Texas Tech has lost 12 straight games when allowing more than 35 points. Keenon Ward leads Texas Tech with 34 solo tackles and Pete Robertson has six tackles for loss. Offensively, Davis Webb has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions in his last two games and has completed less than 61 percent of his passes in three of his last four games. Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez have combined for more than 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns at wide receiver. DeAndre Washington leads Texas Tech with 458 rushing yards and one touchdown, as the Red Raiders are averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
The Jayhawks are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Red Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
If the Kansas Jayhawks play as well as they did last week, they'll give themselves a chance to win this game outright. Texas Tech has been struggling on both sides of the ball all season long and has shown no signs of turning things around. Give me the Jayhawks and as many points as possible.