Oklahoma State Cowboys
(5-0, 4-1 ATS)
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(3-2, 2-3 ATS)
Big XII South rivals will duke it out in college football wagering warfare in Lubbock, as the Texas Tech Red Raiders collide with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in what could be a real shootout in the Lone Star State.
We have to give it up to Oklahoma State and HC Mike Gundy. No one thought that this team would ever even think about sniffing the Top 25 this year, yet here the Cowboys are, ranked No. 18 in the land and considered a legitimate threat to win the Big XII this year. QB Brandon Weeden has put up video game like numbers this year, throwing for 1,610 yards and 18 TDs. The beauty about this offense though, is that RB Kendall Hunter gets his touches as well. He has a whopping 111 carries for 700 yards and nine scores and has another 41 yards on 12 catches. Of course, then there is the fantastic WR Justin Blackmon, who is amongst the top receivers in the nation. Blackmon is averaging 9.4 receptions, 149.6 yards, and 2.2 touchdowns per game this year. Needless to say, all of the members of the Texas Tech secondary need to know where Blackmon is lined up at all times, as that’s where Weeden would love to go with the football. There are still questions about this defense right now though, as demonstrated last week when Okie State allowed a whopping 28 points to the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, an iffy at best Sun Belt team.
Had the Red Raiders not put up that dud against the Iowa State Cyclones, their perception would be significantly different right now. Sure, Texas Tech has no semblance of a running game, and its defense is once again suspect at best, but if there’s one thing that this team can do, it’s put points on the board in a hurry with its passing attack. The Air Raid is being captained by QB Taylor Potts this year, and unlike last season, there is no quarterback controversy between he and backup QB Steven Sheffield. Potts has 17 TD tosses on the year and is completing a solid 66.3 percent of his passes. He has 1,649 yards and has averaged throwing the pill just under 50 times per game. Down near the red zone, both RB Baron Batch and RB Eric Stephens are being used more often, which is a good sign for at least a bit of balance in the attack, something that was never used in the Mike Leach system. T-Tech should be concerned about a few performances by opposing teams, though. Giving up 17 to New Mexico and 52 to Iowa State is questionable, and a similar type of performance would probably yield another ‘L’.
We love backing favored unranked teams at home against ranked teams, and we’re going to do the exact same thing again on Saturday. We just don’t buy that the Pokes are that good, and if that’s the case, it’ll be “Guns Up” in Lubbock all night on Saturday.
College Football Free Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders -3