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The Texas Tech Red Raiders are set to host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon for a Big-12 midseason matchup in Week 8 of the season.
Jayhawks continue to tumble south
It has been the type of start to the 2018 season that Kansas had hoped dropping four out of their first six games played. This has largely come due to their shortcomings offensively currently ranking 116th in the nation overall while being tied for 119th in passing and 82nd in rushing this year. The Jayhawks have struggled to put points on the board being 79th in the country with 27.7 points per contest. This has seen quarterback Peyton Bender struggle to be a major factor in the passing game with his arm throwing just 681 passing yards with six touchdowns and an interception. Bender has failed to crack 200 passing yards any game this year while he has failed to score more than 28 points four times this season.
This play against Oklahoma State was the 17th receiving touchdown of @stevensimsjr's career, moving him into a tie for third on the #KUfball career charts. He also moved into third place in KU career receiving yards against West Virginia, bringing his total up to 2,271 yards. pic.twitter.com/rnwYOtmXwi
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) October 9, 2018
Bender is coming off a performance where he completed 16 of 25 passes for 191 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the 38-22 loss to West Virginia. Meanwhile, freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. has provided some sort of stability in the backfield with 539 rushing yards and four touchdowns. This has seen him pour in a pair of 1oo yard rushing performances. Williams Jr. has been the one part of the offense that the Jayhawks have been able to depend on a weekly basis to lead the way. If they hope to grab a huge win on the road, it will have to come behind a big outing from him to help offset Texas Tech’s potent offense that has shown that they can fill up the scoreboard in a hurry.
Potent passing attack fueling Red Raiders offense
Through the first six games of the season, Texas Tech has had one of the nation’s best offense that has ranked 10th with 43.2 points per game. This has been led by their passing game with freshman quarterback Alan Bowman has been fronting that charge with his arm posting 1,680 passing yards on 69.3 percent completion rate along with 11 touchdown passes and three interceptions on the season. He had posted more than 270 yards and a pair of touchdown passes in each of the first four games, but he was forced to miss the 17-14 win over TCU last Saturday due to an ankle injury. It put backup Jeff Duffey into action as he put forth a steady outing completing 13 of 24 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and interception.
What a win.
Take in the highlights. LOTS of the #806D in here. 😏
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) October 12, 2018
There is no clarity about whether Bowman will be back in action against Kansas, Duffey has shown to be a capable option under center for Texas Tech. Wide receiver Antoine Wesley has proven to be a huge factor in the passing game as the top option with 41 receptions for 703 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Wesley has posted at least 65 receiving yards in each contest while notching at a touchdown reception three times. Wideout Ja’Deion High has also been a major part of the offense with 32 receptions for 484 receiving yards and three touchdowns. High has recorded more than 60 receiving yards in five out of the first six games played this year. Regardless if Bowman plays in the contest, Red Raiders will lean on their offense to push them toward another win against a Big-12 opponent
- Red Raiders are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Jayhawks are 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Jayhawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Red Raiders may have some questions at the quarterback position concerning the health of Bowman, but they hold a sizable advantage offensively. This should see them take firm command of the game early on to cruise to a comfortable win. What should also be noted is that the favorite in the meeting between these two schools is 4-1 against the spread in the last five games played with Texas Tech holding that spot in those matchups.
Prediction: Texas Tech -18
Full-Game Total Pick
Texas Tech has shown to have a formidable offense that can put points on the board, but this contest should quickly become a one-sided affair in favor. Kansas has had major difficulty displaying any level of consistency offensively this year, which should continue on Saturday afternoon. It also helps that the under is 4-1 in the last five matchups in Texas Tech.