Texas Tech looks to continue their surprise run in the Big 12 when they host Kansas on Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders pulled off an upset over TCU last Thursday. After a good start to the season, the Jayhawks have now lost three straight.
Beaty changes offensive coordinator to boost offensive production
Starting 0-3 in conference play, Kansas couldn’t continue success after their positive nonconference slate that even included a loss to an FCS program. Head coach David Beaty, who is arguably on one of the hottest seats in the nation, fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and will resume calling plays for the team. It’s essentially a hail mary move in a situation where there’s nothing really to lose.
The Jayhawks have obviously regressed on offense with the two-QB system flailing a bit. Peyton Bender has seen the most action, completing just 60.9 percent of his passes. The other signal caller, Carter Stanley has been accurate, completing 34-of-47 passes, but the passing game averages just 181.7 yards per game (108th nationally).
Red Raiders score upset over Horned Frogs without main QB
Texas Tech is just an eight-point loss away from winning five straight games and being undefeated in Big 12 play right now. They lost to West Virginia at the end of September, but they were able to turn things around with a stunning 17-14 victory over TCU. The defense was strong again and kept the Horned Frogs from doing much all night long. While they still give up a lot in the air, they’ve trumped opposing rushing attacks allowing 142 yards per game (49th nationally).
What a win.
Take in the highlights. LOTS of the #806D in here. 😏
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) October 12, 2018
The win was particularly impressive because quarterback Alan Bowman, their main starter, didn’t play. He’s dealing with a collapsed lung and is listed as questionable for Saturday. Their third-leading receiver, T.J. Vasher, left the previous game with a back injury and is also questionable. He has 283 yards and three TDs on 18 catches this season.
- 6-1 ATS against teams with a losing record
- Over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games
- 2-6 ATS against teams with a winning record
- 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It was a scary injury for Bowman, but the quarterback could return to the field as early as this week. Should he be under center, that gives the Red Raiders an even bigger chance to win. The Jayhawks did cover against WVU, but this is a low enough amount for TTU to cover.
Prediction: Texas Tech -20.5
Full-Game Total Pick
They only scored seven points against Baylor, but the Kansas offense has done a fairly good job in terms of scoring points. Taking the over entirely hinges on Bowman being back as the Red Raiders offense took a dive last time out, and that wasn’t solely because of TCU’s defense.
Prediction: Over 61