College Football Week 6 Predictions: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, 10/5/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Texas Tech -17
Current Betting Line: Texas Tech -17.5
Opening Total: 53
Current Total: 53.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Texas Tech will take a perfect 4-0 record on the road to Lawrence, as it prepares to play the second Big Ten Conference game of its season. The Red Raiders are 13-1 SU all-time against the Jayhawks, including wins in the last six meetings, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA football odds page. Defensively, the unit is allowing just 13.3 points per game this season, which is far different than the 31.8 it surrendered in 2012. Texas Tech is 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS in October the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-4 in that situation.
The Red Raiders have averaged 39.2 points per game during their last five years following a bye week, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 6. Texas Tech is tied for sixth in the conference with seven takeaways, which puts its on pace to move past the 11 total turnovers it forced a season ago. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is the player to watch on the offensive end, as he leads the Big 12 in passing yards per game.
Kansas is also coming off a bye week as it focuses on trying to snap a 21-game losing streak to conference opponents—dropping those games by an average of 25.5 points. The Jayhawks have one of the better running backs in the country in James Sims, who is averaging 93.7 rushing yards per game, while he compiled 127 yards in last year’s meeting in this series. Kansas is 5-9 SU and 7-7 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-4 in that situation.
The Jayhawks rushed for 390 yards in last year’s 41-34 double-overtime loss to the Red Raiders, which happens to be the program’s highest total in that particular category since joining the Big 12. Kansas has gotten after the quarterback this season—racking up three sacks in all three games this season. The defense has also been defending the pass better this season—something that was a priority during the offseason after surrendering a program-worst 289.2 passing yards per game last year.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 7-2 in the Jayhawks’ last nine home games.
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