No. 25 Texas Tech (7-2, 4-2) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against Kansas State (4-4, 2-3) tomorrow at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. While the Red Raiders hope to avoid another end-0f-season meltdown, the Wildcats want to build on their two-game winning streak and get to a bowl game.
Here are our Bold Predictions for tomorrow’s game:
We will continue to see a poor run defense by Tech. K-State knows this will happen and will run the ball…a lot.
Tech will turn the ball over twice, and will cause Kansas State to turn it over three times. We haven’t been winning the turnover game when Tech offense is on the field, but look for our defense to catch an interception or two and force fumbles; the KSU QB will show weakness under pressure.
Final score: 38-24 Tech
Kansas State has rushed for 384 yards in their last two games. More than likely, this will be the third game in a row that the Texas Tech defense has given up 200+ yards on the ground. For Texas Tech to win, they’ll need to give up less than 200 yards on the ground. I think Texas Tech will hold Kansas State to around 180 yards.
Someone has to stop Jace Amaro eventually right? Not this week. Kansas States tallest defensive back/linebacker is 6’2. Look for Jace to have another huge day receiving as he goes for 100+ yards and a score.
Kansas State has been prone to turnovers just like the Red Raiders, committing 12 in Big 12 play so far. If you are going to give up a huge amount of rushing yards, you better force some turnovers. Texas Tech will come away with 2 takeaways on the day.
Final score: Texas Tech 31 Kansas State 28
I’m not sure what to think about this Wildcat offense. On one hand, John Hubert is a great little running back and Daniel Sams is the fastest quarterback in the country. On the other, both quarterbacks in this system have pretty good numbers. In fact, combined, they’re third in the Big 12 yardage wise. Add to that two deep threats like Lockett and Thompson and I think we’ll see Kansas State with more passing touchdowns than rushing.
This Red Raider football team just can’t seem to get out of its own way. Near the bottom of the league in turnover margin and penalties, offensive possessions seem like one mistake after another, and they’ve cost Tech dearly in the last two games. The only good news for Tech is that Kansas State is in a similar boat. I have a feeling we’ll see at least five total turnovers and over 120 combined penalty yards in this one.
Final score: I hate picking against my alma mater, but this team just hasn’t shown they can beat quality opponents. If they’re going to do it tomorrow, they need to protect the football and stop the run. They can’t do either.
37-28, Kansas State
There you go, folks. Locked and loaded. Leave us your Bold Predictions in the comments section below, #WreckKSU and #NeverQuit.