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High-scoring Big 12 offenses take to the field in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, when the Texas Tech Red Raiders visit the TCU Horned Frogs. With both offenses doing their best to try to break scoreboards around the country, it should not come as a surprise that the total is one of the biggest in college football history.

One book opened the total at 82.5 but that number jumped to 87.5 by Saturday morning. If that number stays pat, then it will officially close as the eighth-highest total we have in our database. 

There have been 10 games with closing totals of 82.5 or higher in our database, with four of them coming this season. Of those four games, three went OVER with Texas Tech vs Stephen F. Austin finishing just one point below the closing total of 87.0.

In general, the 10 games with a closing total of 82.5 or higher have seen the OVER go 8-2 with an average combined score of 99.7.

Texas Tech is coming off a historic offensive performance against Oklahoma last week, in which the two teams combined for 125 points and 1708 offensive yards. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II went 52-for-88 with 734 passing yards and five touchdowns plus 85 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in that outing. Those 734 passing yards are more than three (option-based) teams have accumulated this season.

TCU boasts an impressive offense as well, with the team 13th in passing yards and 31st in points per game in the country. Quarterback Kenny Hill has accounted for 20 touchdowns through the air and with his feet on the season. However, the Horned Frogs’ offense has scored an average of 17 points while giving up seven turnovers in their past two games.

Highest Closing Totals in NCAAF History
Date Away Home Closing Total Final Score
21/10/16 Oregon Cal 89.5 101
03/10/15 Baylor Texas Tech 88.5 98
01/12/12 Oklahoma State Baylor 88.0 75
29/10/16 Texas Tech TCU 87.5 ?
04/09/16 Texas Tech Stephen F. Austin 87.0 86
29/09/12 Baylor West Virginia 85.0 133
04/09/16 Arizona State Cal 85.0 92
22/10/16 Oklahoma Texas Tech 85.0 125
16/11/13 Texas Tech Baylor 84.5 97
26/09/15 TCU Texas Tech 84 107
29/10/11 Baylor Oklahoma State 82.5 83