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.

As much as I want the Matt Wells era to begin with a postseason appearance, I just dont see it happening. I believe Wells is the right man to bring the Red Raiders back to relevance in the Big 12, I just think hes a year or two away. I think Tech finishes 5-7 in year one, with some bright spots to build on for the future.

The 46-year old from South Carolina is hoping the team will buy in to what theyre selling and establish a new culture of winning in Lubbock in the same way Chris Beard has galvanized the basketball program. Former Utah State coach Matt Wells and his crew have worked tirelessly to implement their ideals, values and strategies in a short window of time.

The overreaction was validated last week when the Eagles lost at home to North Dakota State 13-40. Lets not get too carried away with the Red Raiders blowout win over FCS foe Eastern Washington. I know they obliterated the spread, but I have to feel that was more a lapse by the books. Eastern Washington had gone 12-2 last year with their only losses coming in OT at North Dakota State and by 2-points in the semifinals against Youngstown State.

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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...

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.

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.

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Texas Tech isnt going to offer the same resistance. However, you have to respect what San Diego State has done. They completely took away Arizona State running game, limiting them to 44 yards on 31 attempts. Rocky Longs 3-3-5 defensive attack is something special. With their 2-0 start they are now 23-3 over their last 26 games. I know the loss to San Diego State looks bad because its a Power 5 losing to a Group of 5 team on their home field.

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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.

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?

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.

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.