When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas
TV/radio: ABC (Chs. 2, 9); WHB (810 AM)
The series: Texas Tech leads 8-5
The line: Texas Tech by 3
Whats at stake
Kansas State is trying to build off the momentum it gained from back-to-back wins. Texas Tech is trying to bounce back after two straight losses. If the Wildcats win Saturday, these two teams could compete for bowl positioning the rest of the way.
K-State wins the turnover battle. It has only done so once this season, and when that happened it won big, 41-7 over Iowa State.
Texas Tech goes ahead early. K-State is not built to come from behind and win games on the road.
Three things about Texas Tech
1 Baker Mayfield, a freshman walk-on, opened the year as Techs starting quarterback until he was injured against Kansas. Then Davis Webb, another true freshman, took over. Though it all, Texas Tech has maintained the second-best passing attack in the country.
2 Jace Amaro is the best catch-first tight end in the Big 12, if not the nation. He leads Texas Tech with 79 catches for 1,035 yards.
3 Texas Techs defense let it down in its two losses, surrendering 38 points to Oklahoma and 52 to Oklahoma State. An inability to stop the run plagued the Red Raiders in both games. They are allowing nearly 158 yards on the ground.
Ty Zimmerman and Dante Barnett vs. Davis Webb: Texas Tech will throw for big yardage against K-State, and Amaro will likely have a huge day against the soft mid-section of the Wildcats secondary. But Webb is turnover prone. He has thrown four interceptions in his past two games, and it is up to K-States safeties to take advantage of his mistakes. If they keep everything in front of them and stay patient, they could both create turnovers.
Kellis Robinetts pick: Texas Tech, 37-31
This will be a shootout. K-State has no answer for Amaro and Texas Tech will struggle to slow Daniel Sams and John Hubert. The team that avoids turnovers and makes plays in the fourth quarter will win. Bill Snyder teams usually thrive in those settings, but playing at home on senior day gives a desperate Texas Tech team a slight edge.
K-STATE (4-4, 2-3 Big 12)
|Aug. 30||North Dakota State||L, 24-21|
|Sept. 7||Louisiana-Lafayette||W, 48-27|
|Sept. 14||Massachusetts||W, 37-7|
|Sept. 21||at Texas||L, 31-21|
|Oct. 5||at Oklahoma State||L, 33-29|
|Oct. 12||Baylor||L, 35-25|
|Oct. 26||West Virginia||W, 35-12|
|Nov. 2||Iowa State||W, 41-7|
|Saturday||at Texas Tech||11 a.m.|
|Nov. 16||TCU||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||at Kansas||TBA|
TEXAS TECH (7-2, 4-2 Big 12)
|Aug. 30||at SMU||W, 41-23|
|Sept. 7||Stephen F. Austin||W, 61-13|
|Sept. 12||TCU||W, 20-10|
|Sept. 21||Texas State||W, 33-7|
|Oct. 5||at Kansas||W, 54-16|
|Oct. 12||Iowa State||W, 42-35|
|Oct. 19||at West Virginia||W, 37-27|
|Oct. 26||at Oklahoma||L, 38-30|
|Nov. 2||Oklahoma State||L, 52-34|
|Saturday||Kansas State||11 a.m.|
|Nov. 16||vs. Baylor*||TBA|
|Nov. 28||at Texas||6:30 p.m.|
*at Arlington, Texas
TEXAS TECH OFFENSE
TEXAS TECH DEFENSE
Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org