Game Preview - Wildcats underdogs vs Red Raiders at Texas Tech
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After starting 7-0 Texas Tech has lost two straight, to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The Red Raiders will try to avoid a third-straight loss when they take on 4-4 Kansas State Saturday afternoon in Lubbock.
While Tech has lost two games in a row, the Wildcats have won two straight, beating West Virginia and Iowa State by a combined score of 76-19.
K State has won the last two games in this series, and both those games played OVER on the totals, as the teams combined to score 154 points.
As of early this week the Red Raiders were favored by a field goal over Coach Snyder's 'Cats.
The Wildcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Red Raiders are 5-4 ATS. Kansas State is 2-6 against the total, while Texas Tech is 6-3 versus the number.
Fans backing the Red Raiders here saw them open at BetOnline as -4-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Red Raiders at No. 15 and the Wildcats at No. 52 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 41-37 result in favor of the Red Raiders.
In their last action, Kansas State was a 41-7 winner at home against Iowa State. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Davis Webb led the way last time out for the Red Raiders, connecting for 425 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 52-34 loss to the Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas Tech's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 39.11 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 32 this week at 22 PPG. The Red Raiders aerial game is averaging 414.22 yards per game, more than the Wildcats secondary allows through the air, 217 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Wildcats own the league's No. 45-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 156 yards per game when on the road. Texas Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 87 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Wildcats at Red Raiders trends to consider:
Kansas State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas State's last 6 games
Kansas State is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Texas Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas Tech is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech's last 5 games
Texas Tech is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Kansas State at TCU, Saturday, November 16th
Texas Tech at Baylor, Saturday, November 16th