Kansas State vs. Texas Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    Kansas State vs. Texas Tech prediction and game preview. The Wildcats will try to stop the explosive Red Raiders offense as they battle in Lubbock.

    November 10, 2015


    Really? Kansas State (3-5) is winless in Big 12 play? It’s on a five-game losing streak and struggling, but now the schedule eases up – maybe. Texas Tech (5-5) is also on a losing streak, but it just needs one more win to go bowling. Check out the Kansas State vs. Texas Tech game preview and prediction.

    Kansas State vs. Texas Tech Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
    Game Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

    Network: FOX Sports 1

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    Why You Need To Care

    Texas Tech is probably relegated to the second five of the Big 12, but that’ll still mean a bowl bid with one more win. The problem is that it probably has to come this week with the regular season finale coming at Texas in a few weeks, and if that happens in a 5-7 record closing out with a five-game losing streak, there will be grumbling. Kliff Kingbury won’t be on any sort of a hot seat, but the pressure will be on if it’s another year without a winning record. That can all go away with a win over the Wildcats.

    Kansas State battled hard with Oklahoma State, TCU and Baylor – losing to three of the Big 12’s heavyweights by a score in each game. The program has made a living over the last few years on winning close battles and doing the little things right, but that’s not happening lately. As always, this is a good, sound team, but it’s not translating into wins. With Iowa State and Kansas up next there’s a good chance to get two more wins before hosting West Virginia, but beating Texas Tech would be a big help for the bowl chances.

    Why Kansas State Will Win

    Eastern Michigan has given up close to 3,300 rushing yards on the year with 38 touchdowns. Texas State has the second-worst run defense, and Texas Tech’s run D is close behind in yards allowed per game. The Red Raiders have allowed 300 rushing yards or more in four of the last six games having problems with the power teams, the teams that like to run wide, and everything in between. The Kansas State ground game is a bit inconsistent, but if it’s anything like it was against Baylor, Tech’s in big trouble.

    Why Texas Tech Will Win

    Texas Tech can’t stop the run, and the Kansas State pass defense has turned into rumor. The Wildcats stuffed Texas for just 99 passing yards in the loss, and that was the only break giving up 301 yards or more in five of the last six games. Oklahoma threw at will, Baylor’s Jarrett Stidham chucked for over 400 yards, and all the other solid quarterbacks on the slate have had their fun. The Red Raiders have been flaky lately through the air, but they’re going to get hot again.

    Player Who Matters

    Can Patrick Mahomes find his groove again? When the Red Raider offense is working, Mahomes is a sure-thing 400-yard game waiting to happen, but against West Virginia and Oklahoma there weren’t as many deep balls and there weren’t enough yards after the catch. He’s moving the chains, and he’s not making any big mistakes, but this week has needs to go off and do big things from the start – he can’t keep playing catchup.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Kansas State will run wild, Texas Tech will throw a ton. It’ll be a back-and-forth fight with each team being able to do what it does best, but it’ll be the Red Raiders that finally stop the slide with a huge game from Mahomes at home.

    Kansas State vs. Texas Tech Prediction

    Final Score: Texas Tech 45, Kansas State 38, Line: Texas Tech -5.5, o/u: 72

    Must See Rating: 5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 3

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