Texas Tech vs. Arkansas
Time: 7 PM Sat, Sept 19, 2015
Spread: ARK -10
Betting odds courtesy of Bovada
Texas Tech is 2-0 after a Week 1 victory over Sam Houston and a Week 2 win over UTEP. It will face a favored Arkansas Razorbacks team that enters the game as 10-point favorites at Bovada. Arkansas is 1-1 after defeating UTEP in Week 1 but losing 16-12 to Toledo last week. Point totals show the over/under at 70 at Bovada, so expect this game to be a high scoring affair.
Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has thrown for 720 yards through two games this season, completing 64.8 percent of his passes while averaging 10.14 yards per attempt. He has thrown four TDs with just one INT, while amassing a passer rating of 165.7. He has four receivers with 100 yards or more on the season, paced by Keon Hatcher’s 198 yards on 13 catches.
Hatcher also has two of the team’s four receiving TDs on the year. RB Alex Collins has rushed for 181 yards on 32 carries (5.7 yards per) and has scored two of the team’s three rushing TDs.
Rawleigh Williams and Kody Walker have had minimal success with just 67 yards between them on a total of 27 carries. Collins struggled in the loss to Toledo, managing just 54 yards on 20 attempts, good for just 2.7 yards per carry. His standout performance against UTEP was done to the tune of 127 yards on just 12 carries. Collins will have a chance to prove himself against Texas Tech given that his week-to-week performance has been disparate.
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 786 yards on 59.3 percent passing while averaging 9.14 yards per attempt. He’s also rushed for 71 yards on 11 carries and has two of the team’s seven rushing TDs. Mahomes has thrown eight TDs with just one INT and has a passer rating of 164.4. His top receiving targets Devin Lauderdale and Jakeem Grant have both combined for over 400 yards and four TDs between them.
In the backfield the Red Raiders have milked 212 yards from DeAndre Washington on 25 carries, including a 51-yard TD run. No. 2 back Justin Stockton has been effective too with 62 yards on 13 carries.
Mahomes had 361 yards on 33 passes with four TDs in the win over UTEP, and Washington rushed for 138 yards on 12 carries. Texas Tech led 38-17 at the half and limited UTEP to just a field goal on the second half while racking up 31 more points of its own. Arkansas should prove a much tougher test, though it is entirely possible that Texas Tech covers the +10 spread.
The game will air on ESPN 2 at 7 PM EST.