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Texas Tech vs. Kansas State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction

Check out the Texas Tech vs. Kansas State fearless prediction and game preview.

Texas Tech (3-1) vs. Kansas State (2-2) Game Preview


Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
Network: ESPNU

Why Texas Tech Will Win

Kansas State just doesn’t have an offense.

The defense might be tremendous, and it’s all part of a puzzle, but the Wildcats just don’t score, and they just don’t move the ball through the air.

Yeah, K-State has dealt with Stanford and West Virginia on the road, but they weren’t able to get things moving against either one.

Whoop-dee-doo – the Wildcats rolled Florida Atlantic and Missouri State.

As always, Texas Tech’s defense gives up big passing yards as fast as the offense can crank them out, but Kansas State shouldn’t be able to take advantage considering Jesse Ertz isn’t having much luck throwing the football.

Again, he was good against the bad teams, but he hit a combined 26-of-64 passes with a touchdown and two picks against the Cardinal and Mountaineers.

Score early, score often, Texas Tech. Do that, and the Wildcats won’t be able to throw to get back in it.

Even against the Red Raider secondary.

However …

Why Kansas State Will Win

How healthy is Red Raider star QB Patrick Mahomes II? He crunched his shoulder in the win over Kansas, and while Nic Shimonek stepped in and the machine continued, he’s not Mahomes.

If the Texas Tech offense is ever going to be held to a stop – and every once in a while, it just doesn’t work – this might be it.

The Kansas State defense is totally and completely special.

It’s linebacking corps is among the strongest and best in the Big 12, and the run D doesn’t allow a thing. Granted, that shouldn’t matter much against Texas Tech, but the secondary has been special, too.

Skyler Howard was able to figure it out for West Virginia last week, but even then it was a struggle.

Stanford’s quarterbacks combined to hit 15-of-19 throws, but it didn’t kill the K-State D.

The Wildcats will do lots of bending, but it won’t do much breaking – the Wildcats are 12th in the nation in red zone defense. Expect lots of Texas Tech yards, but an offensive day that might not go anywhere.

What’s Going To Happen?

Kansas State is overdue to be on the right side of a tight game against a good team, and it’s going to happen at home.

Texas Tech will have its moments, and the passing game will do what the passing game does, but the Kansas State defense will win enough battles to give the offense enough time and room to get the ground game going.

In the battle of contrasting styles, the slow-and-steady will beat the flash-and-dash.

Texas Tech vs. Kansas State Prediction

Final Score: Kansas State 30, Texas Tech 27

Line: Kansas State -7.5, o/u: 70

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