Smart College Football Pick for Texas Tech vs. Kansas Big 12 Clash

David Lawrence

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 6:44 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 6:44 PM UTC

The Texas Tech Red Raiders got back on track in their most recent game. The Kansas Jayhawks have been off track all season. Will these teams go, and our college football pick.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders had to play the two best teams in the Big 12 – Baylor and TCU – in consecutive weeks. A lot of teams would lose two straight games, so it’s not as though the Red Raiders were the exception – they were the rule. Nevertheless, a two-game losing streak isn’t any fun, so it had to be a relief to play Iowa State last weekend and score over 60 points. It’s kind of amazing that Texas Tech scored 66 points, for the reason that’s going to be provided next:

Kansas allowed 66 points last weekend in its loss to Baylor.

While Texas Tech can now think that it is bouncing back, Kansas is getting bounced around by the rest of the Big 12 and everybody else on the schedule. As you’ll see in the injury section below, the Jayhawks can’t keep their quarterbacks healthy, and so with all the limitations this team had going into the season, everything’s being compounded and multiplied in the first half of the college football season. The second half is likely to be worse for a team that has to go through the teeth of the Big 12. Kansas is starting over under head coach David Beaty. Not only is this not a quick fix; it’s not a three-year fix. It’s something that’s going to take at least four or five years to rebuild.


Line Moves
Texas Tech started as a 28.5-point favorite, but the college football odds have moved way up to 31 points. The betting public sees how awful Kansas is and how the Jayhawks’ quarterback injuries are leaving the team in a powerless position.


Notable Injuries
Texas Tech has wide receiver Devin Lauderdale listed as probable for this game with an upper body injury. Defensive lineman Talor Nunez is out for the season with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Justin Murphy is questionable with an undisclosed condition. Wide receiver Ian Sadler is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Linebacker Andre Ross left the team. Defensive back Derrick Dixon is out indefinitely for personal reasons. Wide receiver Jakeem Grant is probable for this game with a head injury.

Kansas has quarterback Michael Cummings out for the season with a knee injury. Two other quarterbacks have been knocked out – Deondre Ford is out for the season with a thumb injury, and Montell Cozart was recently knocked out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

Beyond these debilitating injuries, Kansas also has wide receiver Bobby Hartzog questionable for this game with a knee injury. Defensive end Damani Mosby is questionable with an elbow injury. Wide receiver Tre Parmalee is questionable with a concussion. Wide receiver Jeremiah Booker is questionable with a collarbone injury. Wide receiver Joshua Stanford is questionable with an ankle injury.


Handicapping The Game
The Jayhawks have no chance, and Texas Tech can score a bunch. This is a 31-point line which should be covered, or else something will be wrong. Take Texas Tech with your college football picks.

College Football Pick: Texas Tech -31 at Pinnacle

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