Saturday, October 10, 2020, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET
Red Raiders at Cyclones Betting Preview: Red Raiders (+12.5), Cyclones (-12.5)
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders have lost their first two Big 12 outings but with a play or two going in their way could be at the top of the league heading into Saturday’s matchup. The Raiders lost in overtime to Texas and then squandered a fourth-quarter lead to lose to Kansas State in their last two outings.
“We’ve got to keep knocking on that door and at some point that door’s going to open and hopefully we don’t just stick our little toe in it and stop it,” Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said.
The Raiders have averaged 37.3 points and 512 yard of total offense in the three-game stretch that started with a 35-33 win over Houston Baptist. Their 56 points in the 7-point loss to the Longhorns represented the most points they had ever scored against Texas.
Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State coach Matt Campbell wants his Cyclones to keep their focus as they come off a big win over Oklahoma that has the Cyclones at the top of the Big 12 standings despite the embarrassing loss to Louisiana in the opener.
“If we want to have the ability to become a team that’s got the ability to have success down the run here and in the long haul, then we’ve got to really work on our precision in our detail,” said Campbell, who is 4-0 against the Red Raiders.
With a 13-5 record against conference opponents, Brock Purdy now has more Big 12 wins than any other quarterback in Iowa State history. He has passed for 465 yards in Iowa State’s wins over TCU and Oklahoma after managing just 145 in the opener.
The big star has been running back Breece Hall, who leads the Big 12 with a rushing average of 132 yards per game (No. 2 in FBS statistics).
Red Raiders at Cyclones Betting Pick for October 10, 2020
Alan Bowman has thrown for an average of 261.3 yards a game this season and he passed for 323 yards and touchdown against Iowa State in 2018 and did not play against the Cyclones last year. He is listed as questionable this week because of an ankle injury sustained in the loss at Kansas State last week.
If Bowman is not able to play at 100 percent, backup Henry Colombi, a transfer from Utah State who was 20 of 29 passing for 221 yards in six appearances for the Aggies last season, would get the nod. He was 30 of 42 passing for 244 yards in relief of Bowman last week.
Red Raiders at Cyclones Betting Pick:
Cyclones 35, Red Raiders 21
Red Raiders at Cyclones Best Bet for October 10, 2020
The Cyclones seem to have recovered from their opening loss and have put together a solid offensive punch with Purdy and Hall and now have tight end Charlie Kolar (nine receptions for 93 yards) back after he missed the opener to injury. KeSean Carter (21-215) is a threat for the Red Raiders in what figures to be an offensive show.
Red Raiders at Cyclones Best Bet: OVER 52.5
–Field Level Media