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SMU Texas Tech Betting Preview

The Texas Tech Red Raiders make their debut under new head coach Tommy Tuberville on Sunday afternoon when they play host to the SMU Mustangs. They are favored by 2 TDs at Bovada today. Tuberville takes over for long-time Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, and that could mean some changes to the Red Raiders' long-standing “Air-Raid” offense. Under Leach the Red Raiders were all about the pass. Last season only one team, Hawaii, ran the ball fewer times than Texas Tech. With Tuberville calling the shots now the offense will become more balanced, with more running and less passing.

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The Red Raiders will also have a different starting quarterback than the one who finished out the Leach era. Tuberville has named Taylor Potts his starting QB over incumbent Steven Sheffield after a close battle in the offseason. That doesn't mean it will necessarily stick. Potts began the season as the starting QB last year only to lose the job to Sheffield due to injury and inconsistent play. Other than Potts the player to watch for Texas Tech this weekend is running back Baron Batch. Even under the Red Raiders' pass-heavy offense last season Batch still rushed for 884 yards and 14 touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what he can do if he gets the ball more often. SMU enters the season as a favorite in the C-USA west division after showing much improvement a season ago. The Mustangs went from 1-11 to 8-5 last season and won their first bowl game in 15 years after upsetting Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.

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The star of that Hawaii Bowl win, Kyle Padron, returns as starting QB and leads an offense that should be quite explosive. Padron led the Mustangs to a 5-1 record after claiming the starting job at mid-season a year ago. SMU lost both their top rusher and receiver from a year ago, but shouldn't miss a beat with Zach Line ready to take over at running back and playmaker Aldrick Robinson ready to claim the No. 1 receiver's spot. Texas Tech has long dominated this matchup and has won their last 13 games against SMU. That includes a 43-7 drubbing that last time they met up in 2008. The Red Raiders delivered a PUSH as 36-point favorites in the win. That dropped the Red Raiders to 3-2-1 ATS in their last six games against SMU, and they're 13.5-point chalk in Sunday's game.