Kansas State University

Three-minute preview: Texas Tech at K-State football

Kansas State takes on Texas Tech on Saturday.
Kansas State takes on Texas Tech on Saturday. AP

When/where: 6 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio: ESPNU; WHB (810 AM)

The series: Texas Tech leads 9-7

The line: K-State by 7 1/2

What’s at stake

Kansas State is trying to land its first Big 12 victory after falling a point short at West Virginia last week. Texas Tech is looking to move to 2-0 in conference play after beating Kansas.

Cheers if ...

K-State wins the turnover battle. The best way to slow Texas Tech’s offense is with interceptions and fumbles that set up cheap scores. Do that and the Wildcats will be in good shape.

Jeers if ...

The Wildcats’ running struggles continue. K-State will need more than 2.9 yards per rush (what it averaged against Stanford and West Virginia) to beat Texas Tech.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State 34-31

At home, where the Wildcats haven’t lost to the Red Raiders since 2008, K-State’s defense will slow down Texas Tech’s offense enough to win.

Three things about Texas Tech

1 The Red Raiders have the nation’s top statistical offense, averaging 664.2 yards and 59.5 points. They have scored at least 55 points in all four of their games.

2 Big offensive numbers don’t always guarantee victory for Texas Tech. Three times in the past two seasons, it has scored 50 or more points and lost, including a 68-55 defeat at Arizona State earlier this season.

3 Jonathan Giles is a difficult receiver to cover. He has made 31 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Key matchup

K-State running backs vs. Texas Tech defensive line: If the Wildcats want to win, they need to run the ball efficiently and keep the Red Raiders’ offense on the sideline.

Kellis Robinett: @KellisRobinett