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How and what to watch for Kansas vs. Texas Tech

The Red Raiders will be looking to keep the Jayhawks out of the win column when they play on Saturday.

Quarterback Alan Bowman of the Texas Tech Red Raiders throws against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are looking to bounce back from last week’s tough loss against Oklahoma State when they play the winless Kansas Jayhawks Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Lubbock, TX.

The Red Raiders lost last week in an offensive shootout 50-44 to the Cowboys. Tech’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as quarterback Alan Bowman completed 31-of-46 passes for 384 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Running back SaRodorick Thompson had 133 rushing yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Erik Ezukanma produced seven receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

However the biggest reason why they lost is that they couldn’t stop Oklahoma State running back Dezmon Jackson, who accumulated 235 rushing yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns. Luckily the Red Raiders’ defense will not be facing a potent ground attack in Kansas, who only runs for 104 yards per game this season.

The Jayhawks lost their eighth-straight game last week 59-23 to the TCU Horned Frogs. The defense did an adequate job of in pass defense, but failed the test on the ground. As a team they allowed the Horned Frogs’ rushing attack to gash them for 337 yards, which will not win you many football games.

Running back Amauri Pesek-Hickson was tied as the game-leading rusher with 100 yards on 22 carries. Kansas also had a wide receiver cross the 100-yard receiving mark with Kwamie Lassiter II recording seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Jayhawks will try to attack Texas Tech’s secondary on Saturday, which is giving up 275.9 passing yards per game this season.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Kansas vs. Texas Tech on Saturday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m. ET on FS2, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Kansas vs. Texas Tech (-26.5)
Point Total: 62.5
Money line: Kansas (+1300) vs. Texas Tech (-5000)

  • The Kansas Jayhawks have a record of 0-8-1 against the spread in its last nine games.
  • This season, the point total went over in six of Kansas’ last six games.
  • Texas Tech has a record of 4-12 straight up in its last 16 games, and are 2-6 straight up in their last eight games.
  • The point total has went over in six of Texas Tech’s last nine against the Jayhawks.

Betting splits

Kansas: (34% of handle, 25% percent of bets)
Texas Tech: (66% of handle, 75% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

If the point spread was a tad bit lower, I’d say Texas Tech -26.5. But large point spreads make me worrisome, especially in games such as this which could become blowouts. Therefore the best bet would be the total, as I expect the Red Raiders to put up plenty on the Jayhawks’ road defense which is allowing 50.5 points per game this season.

Pick: Under 62.5

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