College Football Week 12 Predictions: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears
Saturday, 11/16/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Baylor -24.5
Current Betting Line: Baylor -27
Opening Total: 85
Current Total: 85
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Texas Tech faces its most difficult test of the 2013 season, as it looks to snap a three-game losing streak, which includes a 49-26 defeat to the Kansas State Wildcats as 2.5-point home favorites last Saturday. The Red Raiders hold a 36-34-1 SU advantage in this series, including a 15-2 mark when meeting as Big 12 Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 12. Offensively, the team has scored 20 or more points in 25 consecutive games dating back to the 2011 campaign. Texas Tech is 4-11 SU and 6-9 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 11-4 in that situation.
The Red Raiders aren’t sure who will be under center in this affair, but it’ll likely be Baker Mayfield, who was 34 for 44 for 276 yards and two interceptions in last week’s loss as a replacement. Texas Tech’s top two signal-callers have combined to thrown 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. “They’re young,” commented Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury. “You have to grow with it.”
Baylor has not lost in more than a calendar year and owns a school-record 12-game winning streak, which includes the first-ever 8-0 start for the program. The Bears have outscored opponents by a 319-49 margin in the first half this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page. Offensively, the team leads the country in averaging 686.0 yards per game, which has led to scoring 61 points a contest. Baylor is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS as favorites of 21.5 to 31 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 4-1-1 in that situation.
The Bears are ninth in the country and first in the Big 12 in averaging 295.4 rushing yards per game, with Lache Seastrunk leading the way. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty makes the offensive unit balanced, entering with a pass efficiency rating of 210.6, which leads the country. His main target is junior wide receiver Antwan Goodley, who is first in the conference in averaging 121.1 receiving yards.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bears due to the Red Raiders being 1-9 SUATS in November the last two-plus seasons.
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