Texas Tech Red Raiders
(4-3, 2-4-1 ATS)
Texas A&M Aggies
(4-3, 3-4 ATS)
This could be a very telling game for both the Texas A&M Aggies and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Neither one is completely out of the mix in the Big XII South race, but neither one is really guaranteed a trip to a bowl game either. The two will meet in what could be a real shootout in College Station in NCAA football betting action on Saturday afternoon.
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The Red Raiders have a fantastic offense once again this year, and true to HC Tommy Tuberville’s promise, the running game has gotten at least a little bit more involved this season. RBs Baron Batch and Eric Stephens have combined for over 800 yards on the ground and seven TDs, and though neither one will reach 1,000 yards on the season, this is clearly the best rushing game that T-Tech has seen in a number of years. QB Taylor Potts has kept the starting quarterback job the entire season, and though he is only averaging 6.7 yards per attempt on the year, he is putting up some very gaudy numbers. The leader of the Air Raid has thrown for 2,161 yards and 20 TDs against just five picks. Over the last four games, Potts has thrown for 1,351 yards and has 12 scores against just three INTs, but the defense has really let the team down. In that stretch, Texas Tech has conceded at least 24 points in every game, including allowing a whopping 52 to the Iowa State Cyclones. Needless to say, ranking No. 95 in scoring defense in the country at 30.9 points per game won’t cut it no matter how good your offense is.
Are you paying attention A&M? Three shaky wins to start the season were predictably followed by three straight losses both SU and ATS for the Aggies this year, but at least they fired back last weekend with a 45-10 win over the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. This is one of three home games left on the season, but it might be the last time that Texas A&M is favored, especially with the Oklahoma Sooners coming to town next week. Snaring that fifth win of the season leaves just one game left to be won to send the Aggies bowling in the senior year of QB Jerrod Johnson. Johnson has been the definition of a bi-polar quarterback this year. Four weeks ago against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, he threw for 409 yards with five TDs but four INTs, and since that point, he has had two games with less than 220 yards passing and one with 322. RB Christine Michael has been a tough cookie to figure out as well. He leads the team in rushing with 592 yards and does have another 153 through the air, but his production on the ground has dropped off every game in the last five, dropping from 119 yards against the Florida International Golden Panthers to just 33 yards in last week’s win over KU.
We really aren’t in love with either of these teams, but we do know that last season, the Red Raiders were absolutely stunned by these Aggies at home, losing by 22 points as 22 point favorites. Is it payback time? We’re not so certain, especially knowing how hard it is to play in front of the 12th Man, but we’ll take the points and hope for the best in what should be one of the more fun games of the day.
College Football Free Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders +7