Montana State Bobcats at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Jones AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Texas Tech -25 -- Over/Under: 60 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Montana State Bobcats and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The Montana State Bobcats are coming off an eight-win season that ended with them losing in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. The Montana State Bobcats have lost four of their last six road games. Troy Andersen will continue to be the heart of this Bobcats offense after throwing for three touchdowns and leading the way with 1,412 rushing yards. Kevin Kassis returns as the Bobcats leading receiver and Isaiah Ifanse returns after topping 1,000 rushing yards. The Montana State Bobcats averaged 28.5 points per game last season and should be able to build on those efforts with so many returning key players. Defensively, Montana State returns five of its top-nine tacklers from last season, including leading tackler Brayden Konkol and sack leader Bryce Sterk, a duo that combined for 153 tackles and 9.5 sacks. There’s no reason why the Montana State Bobcats shouldn’t push for another strong season that ends in a playoff run.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have missed a bowl appearance in three of the last five years and have a new head coach in Matt Wells, who comes over from Utah State. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost three of their last four home games. Texas Tech returns seven starters from an offense that averaged 37.3 points and 485.2 yards per game. Alan Bowman returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,600 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman, and he’ll have three talented receivers to share the ball with in T.J. Vasher, Seth Collins and KeSean Carter. Texas Tech returns six starters from a defense that allowed 31.1 points and 448.9 yards per game. Jordyn Brooks returns after 84 tackles, three sacks and six quarterback hurries, while defensive back Adrian Frye had five interceptions and 13 pass deflections as a freshman. If this defense improves, Texas Tech could be a surprise team in the Big 12 that easily clinches a bowl bid and pulls off an upset or two along the way.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are obviously the better team here by a decent margin, but their style usually allows teams to hang around and we can't ignore thy have some bad losses on their resume over the years. The Montana State Bobcats are not your ordinary cupcake team, as they handled business last year and made the second round of the playoffs. A lot of that team returns this season. Don't be surprised if this game is a lot more competitive than some suggest. Give me the points.