Texas Tech (@1.72) vs Arizona (@2.15)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Texas Tech will win

Texas Tech – Arizona Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 22:30

The game last year did not feel competitive, and it was the only time in Big 12 play I felt like the Wildcats physically controlled a conference foe. Yes, the programs are completely different now, but there's obviously a great deal of roster carry over. Well, the Wildcats handled Tech in Manhattan a year ago. It's not crazy to project the Wildcats would have a better team than Tech again - specific for this match-up - in 2019.

However, last season was a bitter disappointment as they finished with a 5-7 record which featured a five-game losing streak to end the season. Overall, there were a lot of young players who found significant playing time which will be valuable for the future. That collapse cost the Red Raiders a shot at a bowl game and Kliff Kingsbury his job.

Nic Shimonek threw for 384 yards and 3 scores in their opener. Offensively this team is going to put up points and thats with replacing a Top 10 pick in Patrick Mahomes. The thing is, they are not going to be as dynamic and still have their fair share of concerns with their defense. One that has allowed 500 or more yards and 40 or more points in each of the last 3 seasons.

There are over 500 yards of total offense there to be had by the Sun Devils. The ASU defense should be better than the ASU offense over the first part of the season, and the O might not be quite there yet or at least as effective as itll be in a few weeks but this is still Texas Tech.

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It's easy to make arguments for K-State in that game, or in this one. Ultimately, though, I feel Tech has a little more as far as proven play-makers and gets to play at home, leaving me taking them it what may feel like a heart-breaker. This loss, and the earlier projected home loss to TCU, were the most difficult decisions I had to make on this series throughout the process.

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This kid is the real deal, he just needs to stay healthy. There hasnt been a quarterback Tech has really rallied around since Patrick Mahomes in 2016, but Alan Bowman is generating a lot of hype after an impressive freshman season. I also think a big change is that we actually have some certainty about and confidence in who will be taking snaps under center this season. I think the overwhelming opinion favors the latter. Was it a fluke, or have we found the quarterback of the future?

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Maybe they head into Norman with a surplus of confidence and pull off the upset they came so close to accomplishing last season. The way I see it, even though this is only the third game of the season, a loss here will prevent the Red Raiders from earning a bowl bid. Arizona. (RELATED: The 3 games that will determine Techs bowl eligibility this season) If Tech can start out this season 3-0 with a road win over a Pac-12 team, who knows?

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In David Yosts high-octane, hurry-up offense, no player is as instrumental to this teams ability to move the ball than the sophomore quarterback; whos coming off an injury-plagued yet hope-inspiring freshman campaign. He had a legitimate chance of pulling off an incredible upset over the Sooners before he went down, and the consequence of his exit dramatically changed the trajectory of the season. There were blindingly-bright moments, like when he threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against Oklahoma before exiting the game with another partially-collapsed lung.

That means theyll need to win four out of the seasons final nine games to reach bowl-eligibility. With underwhelming offensive line play and a slew of early season injuries, I dont think Tech will get that much-needed win against Arizona. Who are the four most likely teams they have a chance to beat? Id say the Red Raiders have a...

They will also return starting left tackle Travis Bruffy and right tackle Terence Steele. Junior Jack Anderson enters the season riding 25 consecutive starts and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team in 2018. The offensive line should prove to be a strength of the team. If you thought Andersons consecutive-start streak was impressive, Steele has him beat with 37. Nothing like experience and talent on the O-line.

The unquestioned leader of the unit, Brooks has All-Big 12 potential and a few gifted playmakers in the secondary and on the d-line to help him out in Adrian Frye and Broderick Washington, respectively. In a post-Dakota Allen world, Jordyn Brooks holds the fate of the defense in his hands at the middle linebacker spot. If these three players are successful, theyll keep Tech in some games they should otherwise be losing, but it all starts with that crucial middle linebacker position. The good news for Tech fans is that Brooks was statistically more productive than Allen last year.

Brookss strength is his ability to limit opposing running backs success, and hell need to be sharper than ever this year with guys like Chuba Hubbard, Kennedy Brooks, Keaontay Ingram and Pooka Williams running directly downhill at the veteran linebacker. The Big 12 is obviously regarded as the best passing league in the country, but there are some dangerous backs who can do just as much damage as some of the big-name receivers.