For more late night fireworks, Texas Tech and Arizona State is worth a look as well. Between Washington State/Boise State and this one, point lovers are going to love what they see on Saturday night. These matchups should actually make for some good football on the field, too. It’s early, but these are already massive games for all four of these schools. A win here could set the tone for the rest of the season. Texas Tech is going to be as explosive as they come in college football. Pat Mahomes was the best quarterback in college football that no one heard of in 2015.
He is back in the Texas Tech offense and looking to pick up where he left off. Mahomes took over as the starter in 2014 and ended up passing for 16 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. It was pretty clear that Mahomes was going to be the main man for the Red Raiders the following year. He impressively passed for 4,653 yards, with 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Mahomes has a bit of Johnny Football in him and can also run and scramble with the best. He ran for 456 yards and 10 touchdowns as well.
With a lot of freshman quarterbacks getting acquainted with their new teams in 2016, Mahomes is part of the group has some experience. He should be right up there, statistically, with the top quarterbacks in college football. Look for him to do damage on both fronts tonight against Arizona State. He is certainly capable of pulling off a dazzling play that will make you want to replay. The Red Raiders operate the air raid and it’s been a perfect fit for Mahomes. They easily cruised past Stephen F. Austin in a tune-up game, a 68-17 blowout on the back of Mahomes, who finished with 483 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Sun Devils got the season started against interstate foe, Northern Arizona. Arizona State started out of the gates slow in the first-half, as they took a 10-3 lead to halftime. Score 10 points against Texas Tech in the first-half here and they’ll be down by more than two touchdowns. Under first-year starter, Manny Wilkins, the Sun Devils decided to err on the side of caution.
Wilkins threw for only 180 yards on 27 attempts, including an interception with no touchdowns. The running game took care of the game, combining for five touchdowns and 276 yards. The Texas Tech run defense is something they will have to exploit in this spot.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Arizona State Sun Devils NCAAF Betting Odds:
Texas Tech +2(-110)
vs. Arizona State -2(-110)
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Texas Tech vs. Arizona State Pick:
Running against Texas Tech last season was like sticking a knife through butter. There just wasn’t any resistance there. The Red Raiders did get some help in the offseason. Ondre Pipkins is a former defensive tackle at the University of Michigan. After tearing his knee in 2013 in the second game of the season, Pipkins season was over. He hasn’t been able to stay on the field, and was even told to retire by the Michigan staff due to his injuries, a claim coming from Pipkins. There was some controversy for a brief time, but now Pipkins is at Texas Tech and should give the defensive line a boost.
Former Notre Dame product Kolin Hill is also playing at Texas Tech this season, after sitting out last season due to transfer rules. Hill figured to be a contributor at Hill before he transferred. So yes, I do see improvements from the Red Raider defense this year. Are they still going to give up points? Yeah, but I see the defense stiffening up more in 2016. The offense is going to score for Texas Tech in this game, they just need to hold the Arizona State rushing game at bay and they should win this.
Arizona State has a young, inexperienced secondary. Northern Arizona was able to exploit this notion a bit, they just couldn’t capitalize when the moment presented itself. Northern Arizona passed for 369 yards on them, an eye opening number against a much inferior offense. The Red Raiders totalled 758 yards against Stephen F. Austin. The Sun Devils with a capable quarterback to spread the Texas Tech defense out here would have done wonders. However, Wilkins is still trying to find his way and shouldn’t put up the numbers to keep up with Mahomes and the Red Raiders. I already took this bet when the line opened at +4.5, but I still like Texas Tech at +2.
PICK: TEXAS TECH +2 (-110)