College Football Picks: Texas Tech vs. Kansas

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:42 PM GMT

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have absolutely dominated their series against the Kansas Jayhawks. The two teams prepare to face off again on Saturday afternoon. What are the betting odds looking like?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Big 12 Conference matchup at Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Moving the football

Texas Tech is certainly capable of moving the football, as it ranks 11th nationally in averaging 520 yards per game, but the program may have a hard time regaining its momentum on that side of the football after a bye week.

Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield leads the conference in passing yards per game, but he’s also been dealing with back issues that have him listed as probable on the injury report.

The Red Raiders are 8-3 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 9-2 in that situation.

Offensive futility

Kansas enters the weekend last in the Big 12 in averaging 19.3 points per game, while it has compiled a 2-1 SU and 0-3 ATS record—failing to cover the number by an average of seven points.

The Jayhawks did have success on the ground in a 41-34 double-overtime loss to the Red Raiders as 24.5-point road underdogs last season—rushing for 390 yards in that affair.

Series domination

College football handicappers need to be aware that the Red Raiders have won 13 of 14 all-time meetings in this series—winning those games by an average of 15.8 points.

It’s also important to point out that the Jayhawks have racked up 21 consecutive losses against conference foes, which includes a 8-10 ATS mark in that situation the last two-plus seasons.

Sims to the rescue?

There’s no question that Jayhawks running back James Sims will need to have a big game in hopes of pulling off a SU victory, as he ranked second in the Big 12 in averaging 93.7 rushing yards per game.

Texas Tech is known for throwing the football around, which could allow Kansas to win the ground battle.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their NCAAF picks, as the weather forecast in Lawrence  suggests blustery conditions with winds out of the WNW at 15-20 mph.

The UNDER is also 7-2 in the Jayhawks’ last nine home games.

College Football Pick: Under 54