Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5) vs Kansas State Wildcats (4-6)Date : 11/17/2018
Time : 3:30 PM
Location : Bill Snyder Family Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas State Wildcats
The Kansas State Wildcats will play their final home game of the season at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as they will host Big 12 foe in the Texas Tech Red Raiders, the opening kickoff is slated for 3:30 PM. Kansas State can’t afford another loss or they will be eliminated from postseason play while Texas Tech is sitting just 1 win away from bowl eligibility.
Texas Tech Red Raiders's Latest Performance :
The Texas Tech Red Raiders may still not be bowl eligible but that can be because they have played a tough slate over the last few weeks with games against Texas and Oklahoma. The Texas Tech offense has been high powered all season and more remarkably they have done it with a new QB every week as Alan Bowman and Jett Duffey have both seen a good amount of playing time. Jett Duffey was the starter for the Red Raiders last week against the Texas Longhorns and he played a really good game as he threw for 444 yards, 4 TDs, and only 1 interception. Duffey was also the top rusher for the Red Raiders as he was able to pick up 80 yards on 17 carries. Duffey has thrown for 1071 yards and 8 TDs as well as added in 377 yards and 4 TDs on the ground. The top WR for the Red Raiders all season has been Antoine Wesley as he has caught 78 balls for 1347 yards and 9 TDs and last weeks game was just another example of that as he had 171 yards and 2 TDs. Once Wesley was double teamed Duffey was able to hook up with T.J. Vasher 8 times which went for 87 yards and 2 TDs. The Red Raiders looked like they improved their defense but Oklahoma and Texas have both shredded their defense the last 2 weeks. LB Jordyn Brooks had a huge game despite the 41 points his defense gave up as he racked up 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Brooks partner in crime Dakota Allen was held out most of the game due to an injury which is why the former JUCO transfer only racked up 2 tackles in this ball game.
Kansas State Wildcats's Latest Performance :
The Kansas State Wildcats have made the postseason in 8 consecutive seasons but Bill Snyder and company are experiencing a down year and they will need to win their final 2 games if they want a shot at making a bowl game. Kansas State got a huge home victory over their in-state rivals as they beat the Kansas Jayhawks 21-17. Bill Snyder had to turn to junior QB Alex Delton after starter Skylar Thompson went down with an injury a few weeks ago but the dual-threat was a solid game manager against the Jayhawks. Delton didn’t light up the stat sheet by any means (126 passing yards, 55 rushing yards, 1 TD) but he was able to keep the Wildcats in the game by not turning the ball over and converting 3rd downs with his feet. Junior RB Alex Barnes continued his good season by running all over Kansas with 117 yards and 2 TDs. This matchup put Barnes over the 1000-yard mark on the season as he has put up 1035 yards and 11 TDs. The top pass catcher for the Wildcats was kept silent in this matchup as Isaiah Zuber only caught 2 passes for 26 yards. The defense did enough to come out of the Kansas game victorious as they held the Jayhawks to 17 points but they will need to turn it up a notch this week against a high powered offense. The top tackler on the team was able to continue doing what he has been doing all season long as Da’Quan Patton was able to rack up 9 tackles and push his season total to 62. The Wildcats pass rushers were only able to get home to the Jayhawks QB 2 times, a number that will have to improve.
How Texas Tech Red Raiders & Kansas State Wildcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas Tech is 6-4 ATS, 2-1 ATS on the road.
Kansas State is 5-5 ATS, 3-3 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Texas Tech ranks 9th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 41.8 PPG while Kansas State ranks 121st as they score an average of 21.1 PPG.
Kansas State ranks 58th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 25.7 PPG while Texas Tech ranks 94th in the nation as they hold opponents to 31.7 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Texas Tech Red Raiders
My reason for the pick :
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are ready to unleash their emotions on a below average opponent after they were on the receiving end of some brutal losses against Texas and Oklahoma. The Big 12 doesn’t care much about defense anymore and considering the Wildcats rank 121st in scoring offense compared to the Red Raiders who rank 9th it could be a long night for Bill Snyder. I am confident backing the Red Raiders no matter who starts for them as Duffey and Bowman have both had great games this season. Take Texas Tech to play with a sense of fire as they are seeking that 6th win.
Betting trends for Texas Tech Red Raiders:
- Texas Tech is 2-0 ATS when they are the favorite this season.
Betting trends for Kansas State Wildcats:
- Kansas State is 0-3 ATS after a win this season