Texas Tech @ Kansas State
Speaking of things Tech hasn’t done since 2008, winning in Manhattan, Kansas is on that list. Since then, Tech hasn’t really even been close to taking down Kansas State in the house that Bill Snyder built.
In fact, only once since 2008 has Tech played KSU to a one-score game in Manhattan. That came in 2016 when Pat Mahomes threw a crucial late INT in a 44-38 loss.
This year, many are picking the Wildcats to be a Big 12 title contender. But it’s all going to revolve around Nebraska transfer QB Adrian Martinez.
A supremely athletic player, the senior can beat teams with both his arm and his feet. But he also has a penchant for giving the ball away as he’s thrown 30 interceptions and lost 18 fumbles in his career.
Unfortunately for Tech, Martinez will have the dynamic Deuce Vaughn beside him in the backfield. He might be the second-best running back in the nation behind Robinson at Texas and he’s been a true thorn in Tech’s side over the years.
In the end, Kansas State will have the advantage over Tech in this game simply because they will be in year four of the Chris Kleiman era. They have recruited to their system and developed a roster that fits exactly what their staff wants to do.
Meanwhile, Tech will still likely be figuring out their identity under McGuire and Co. in game five. Also, it is possible that an emotional letdown could follow the win over Texas the week prior.
Kansas State takes this game in part because they are farther along in their development as a program. It’s a sign that they got their head coaching hire right in 2019 while the Red Raiders completely missed on theirs.