Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3) looks to upset No. 5 Baylor (8-0, 5-0) tomorrow at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the annual State Farm Shootout. The Red Raiders are still hoping to avoid another end-0f-season meltdown, and the Bears are in the hunt for a conference championship, and possibly even a shot at the national championship game.
This week we’re shaking things up again. In addition to the Bold Predictions we bring you the day before every Red Raider football game, we’re also offering something a little extra. The Vegas point spread for this game is 26, in favor of Baylor. In that case, if Tech pulls off the upset, each of us are prepared to celebrate in our own unique manner.
Fortune favors the bold…predictions. So here’s mine:
The two offenses will combine for more than 110 points. Why? Well…I feel like that’s self-explanatory.
We will see at least three Baylor fans on the tv/jumbotron crying/cussing. (Isn’t having a dirty mouth a cardinal sin at Baylor?)
There will be five total turnovers in this game.
There will be at least two “#PrayersForTech” posters on Baylor’s side thanks to #BaylorHateWeek.
And my boldest prediction:
Final score: 63-56 Tech. (NO DEFENSE DURING THIS GAME!)
And if Texas Tech wins, I will video me proposing — in person — to Kliff (if at all possible) and/or players (up to five guys total, people’s choice on who). I’ll even include a ring (pop). Sooo…that’ll be fun.
Three weeks in a row the Texas Tech defense has given up at least 270 yards rushing. Go ahead and make that four. Lache Seastrunk and company have been rushing to the tune of 290 yards a game. If that’s not enough to worry about, Baylor also averages throwing for 390 yards a game. That’s a lot to worry about for a defense that is banged up and limping to the finish line.
The smallest margin of a Baylor victory this year has been 10 points. Baylor has also won games by 66, 64, and 63 points this season. Texas Tech will find a way to make it even closer for the Bears this week. It’s been strangely quiet on the South Plains this week and that means something is brewing for the Baylor game. Mark it down. Texas Tech will be within 10 points of Baylor this weekend.
Who is going to shine offensively and defensively? Look for Jakeem Grant to have a huge day offensively as the Red Raiders will need his speed and shiftiness more than ever. Defensively, Will Smith needs to have a huge day if the Red Raiders want any chance to win.
Final score: I love my Red Raiders, and I’ve picked them all season. But Baylor is looking more and more like a run away train right now.
Baylor 56 Texas Tech 49.
If the Red Raiders win: I’ve been working on a pretty sweet hair do, and my hair is probably the longest it’s been since I was 17. If the Tech wins, I’ll shave that bad boy back down to a number 2.
Eric Ward has really put it together in the last few weeks. Nearing the end of his college career, #18 recorded 28 receptions for 299 yards and four touchdowns in the last three losses. I expect him to continue producing this week with another 100+ yard performance highlighted by three receiving touchdowns.
Final score: I honestly think the Red Raiders put forth a valiant effort in this one. Three weeks of losing has to taste bad, and I think these seniors (especially Eric Ward) want one more shot at Baylor. Tech starts fast with an early lead, but turnovers and a big plays given up on defense are just too much to overcome down the stretch.
HOWEVER. If Tech pulls this one out, I will buy and wear an Our Coach is Hotter Than Your Coach t-shirt for a week.
There you go, folks. Locked and loaded. Leave us your Bold Predictions in the comments section below and tell us how you plan to celebrate a Red Raider victory. #WreckBU