Texas Tech at Iowa State: 10/10/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-2) at Iowa State Cyclones (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -13 -- Over/Under: 63.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium to take on the 24th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-2 (0-2 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats, 31-21, this past Saturday. Texas Tech fought back from an early 14-point deficit to take a 21-17 lead early in the 4th quarter, however, the Red Raiders struggled on both sides of the ball down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after a 70-yard TD reception by Deuce Vaughn gave Kansas State a double-digit lead with just 2:07 left in regulation. Texas Tech outgained Kansas State by a 471-404 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was RB Xavier White who had 113 rushing yards and a TD on 12 carries.
On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 37.3 ppg on 514.0 total yards per game (342.7 passing yds/g; 171.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Texas tech has been led by RB SaRodorick Thompson who has 268 yards and 4 TD’s on 50 att. QB Alan Bowman has completed 65.8% of his passes for 784 yards, 7 TD, and 4 INT. Bowman was injured early in his recent game agianst, however, backup QB Henry Colombi has been decent this season, completing 71.4% of his passes for 244 yards, 2 TD, and an INT. The top receivers for the Red Raiders have been Erik Ezukanma (16 rec, 234 yards, 2 TD), KeSean Carter (21 rec, 215 yards, 4 TD), and T.J. Vasher (14 rec, 163 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing their opponents to average 42.3 ppg on 493.3 total yards per game (346.7 passing yds/g; 146.7 rushing yds/g).
The 24th Iowa State Cyclones won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-0 (2-0 Big 12) on the season after upsetting the 18th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 37-30, this past Saturday. Iowa State trailed by a 30-23 margin mid-way through the 4th quarter, however, the Cyclones were able to fight back with two TD’s in a span of 3:20 late in the 4th to secure the come from behind upset victory. Iowa State outgained Oklahoma by a 417-414 margin and committed just 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was RB Breece Hall who had 139 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 28 carries.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 29.3 ppg on 381.3 total yards per game (212.7 passing yds/g; 168.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa State has been led by RB Breece Hall who had 397 rushing yards and 6 TD’s on 66 carries. QB Brock Purdy has completed 56.1% of his passes for 610 yards, 2 TD’s & 1 INT. Leading the way for the Cyclones receivers have been Xavier Hutchinson (11 rec, 152 yards, TD), Landen Akers (3 rec, 95 yards), Charlie Kolar (9 rec, 93 yards), and Chase Allen (5 rec, 79 yards).
Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 31.7 ppg on 395.0 total yards per game (284.7 passing yds/g; 110.3 rushing yds/g).
The Red Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Iowa State. The Cyclones are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Big 12 opponents.
Iowa State has picked up two big Big-12 wins after a disappointing opening season loss to Louisiana, however, I think this is a bunch of points for a Cyclones team that generally plays to the level of competition. Texas Tech might have lost their last two games, however, they were competitive against two solid teams in Texas and Kansas State and as I think their offense will be able to put up some points against the Cyclones, I think Texas Tech covers with the points. Good Luck!