Now, let’s get on with our week four predictions. One of the greatest things about college football is everyone trying to determine what will happen during the games, regular season and bowl games, and we here at Wreck ‘Em Red are no exception. Our guest picker today is Co-editor of the KC Kingdom blog, Ben Nielsen (@bdn723). Ben covers all sports in the Kansas City region, including the Jayhawks.
Both these offenses are prone to giving the ball away. How many total turnovers in this game?
Robert: One pivotal, crucial, timely turnover. The big question is, who gets it?
Austin: Three total turnovers.
Ben: Four. It should be fewer, but Charlie Weis will throw the ball 15 more times than he should.
Tony Pierson, Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington have all hit home runs in the passing game this season. Yes or no, is the leading receiver in this game a running back?
Robert: No. Too many talented Red Raider receivers.
Shelby: No. I’m going with Ward.
Austin: No. It would be easy to say that Jace Amaro will have a huge game, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that Eric Ward, who has been virtually absent most of the season, will step up huge this week.
Ben: Yes. Technically, Tony Pierson is considered a wide receiver, but he’ll line up in the back field several times. He’s supposed to be KU’s version of Tavon Austin. Still, KU lacks the athletes on defense to slow down Williams or Washington.
It’s likely we see another defensive slug-fest this week. Over/under, 10 total punts in this game?
Robert: Over, just barely.
Ben: Under, but only because of the turnovers.
Both these teams have won games this season with less offensive yards than their opponent. Who has more total yards in this game, Texas Tech or Kansas?
Robert: Seems almost too obvious, but I’ll go with Tech.
Shelby: Texas Tech.
Austin: Texas Tech. KU has struggled to move the ball consistently this season, and in order for them to beat Texas Tech they’ll need to ground the Air Raid. I’d look for KU to chew clock with the running game if it’s available.
Ben: Texas Tech. Kansas ranks 101st in the nation in passing yards per game, which kills their chances to rack up yardage.
Robert: My head says high scoring, close game. My heart says Tech dominates defensively. 28-17, Red Raiders.
Shelby: 42-20, Tech.
Austin: 35-21, Texas Tech.
Ben: 38-13, Texas Tech. KU’s best chance to win is if they dominate running the ball, which should allow them to keep Tech off the field and have a positive turnover margin. The Jayhawks have the backs to do it in James Sims and Darrian Miller. Also keep this in mind: Kansas has lost 21-straight Big 12 games.
Leave your Bold Predictions in the comments section below and we’ll feature them in the post on Sunday revisiting our picks. Wreck KU!