The Texas Tech Red Raiders are playing host to the Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 college football action on Thursday night. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. The college football odds for the game have the Red Raiders favored by four touchdowns to pick up the win.
College Football Odds
Texas Tech -28
Total: 80 points
The total in this game is certainly interesting. Texas Tech is a team that scores a ton of points and they have been known to give up quite a bit as well, but Kansas is terrible.
The Red Raiders are 2-1 and each of those three games has seen at least 86 points scored and in two of them the total ended in triple digits. Just when is Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury going to figure out how to put together some type of defense?
Arizona State just knocked off the Red Raiders a few weeks back in a 68-55 game. Louisiana Tech scored 45 points last week on Texas Tech, piling up 572 yards of total offense in the process. Any team that is going to compete on a major level cannot be giving up that kind of yardage.
For the year, opponents are gashing Texas Tech for 531 yards per game. The Red Raiders are piling up better than 678 per game themselves, plus they come in scoring 61 points per game. Only Louisville is averaging more points per game at 63.5 points. Defensively, Texas Tech ranks fifth-worst in the country in allowing 43.3 points per game.
Patrick Mahomes has been throwing the football all over the yard. He's pitched it for 483, 570 and 470 yards in the three games this season. Odds are he is up near those numbers again.
Can Kansas put up any type of fight in this one? The Jayhawks are giving up more points (28.7) per game than they score (27.7), which isn’t a recipe for much success.
The total could be reached here even if Kansas doesn’t score a ton of points. The Red Raiders should be able to post a big number here, especially with the suspect Jayhawk defense.
Free Pick: OVER 80 points scored
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