Iowa State vs. Texas Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Iowa State vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Iowa State (4-2) vs. Texas Tech (4-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time:12:00 pm ET
Venue: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
It’s getting to be late October, and Iowa State is deep in the hunt for the Big 12 championship.
It might have suffered a setback a few weeks ago against Texas, but with the win over Oklahoma and the annihilation of Kansas, the Cyclones are proving they’re for real.
But with TCU next, and then at West Virginia, and then Oklahoma State, and then two road games against Baylor and Kansas State to finish things up, lose in Lubbock, and it’ll still take some work to get bowling.
Texas Tech isn’t out of the title chase, but at 1-2 in the Big 12 with losses to Oklahoma State and West Virginia … it’s sort of out of the title chase.
But this is Kliff Kingsbury’s best team yet, with another solid offense and a slightly improved D. The Red Raiders were good enough to beat an Arizona State team that just beat Washington, and they pushed Oklahoma State and West Virginia in dogfights.
Beat Iowa State, and with Baylor left on the schedule, a bowl is almost assured. The Red Raiders might want more, but this year, that’s not bad.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
The Iowa State secondary is okay. It’s not fantastic.
The overall stats are skewed because Kansas is totally inept and Texas only threw for 171 yards, but the Longhorns Shane Buechele took target practice in Ames, and even in the loss, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was fantastic.
Texas Tech continues to crank up the passing attack with well over 300 yards or more against everyone but Kansas – that was the dead to give the running game a little work.
Iowa State might have been able to put up big points in the overtime fight with Iowa, and it showed it could come through when getting lit up against Oklahoma, but the Texas Tech passing game is relentless. Iowa State’s running game isn’t quite operating at the highest peak of efficiency to slow things down.
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
The Texas Tech secondary can’t stop great receiving tandems.
To be fair, no one can – it’s why those receiving tandems are considered great – but Iowa State has the talent to make some noise in the Red Raider secondary.
West Virginia’s Ka’Raun White and David Sills combined for five touchdown catches last week. Oklahoma State’s James Washington went for 127 yards and a score against the Red Raiders, running-mate Marcell Ateman hit 100 yards, too, and Jalen McCleskey scored.
Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry went off for 13 catches, Kyle Williams grabbed 111 yards and two scores worth of balls, and … you get the point.
Texas Tech, meet Hakeem Butler and Allen Lazard. They’re about to have a whole lot of fun.
Yeah, but …
What’s Going To Happen
What Iowa State doesn’t have is Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph or West Virginia star Will Grier.
The Cyclones are plucky, and they’ll generate points in yards in a few different ways, but they’ll also need big Texas Tech mistakes to win, and that’s not going to happen.
The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 in turnover margin.
Iowa State vs. Texas Tech Prediction
Texas Tech 38, Iowa State 34
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