Take Arkansas +3 vs. Texas Tech With College Football Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 8, 2014 8:21 PM GMT

The betting odds are tight for the clash between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, so how should sports bettors look to place their college football picks in this matchup?

The Arkansas Razorbacks have one of the top running back duos in the country, which makes them dangerous road underdogs against the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday. Find out why we are looking to this game with our college football picks this weekend.

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Bielema is a Fast Starter
Bret Bielema’s teams have compiled a 29-6 straight-up record during the month of September over the course of his career, which is important to consider when making your Week 3 sports picks, as Arkansas comes off a 73-7 victory over Nicholls State as 41.5-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Razorbacks hold a 28-7 record against the Red Raiders, but the previous 35 meetings were all Southwest Conference games before Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992.

It’s important to point out that Bielema has never faced an active Big 12 opponent at the time of the game, while the program hasn’t faced such a foe since posting a 29-16 win over Kansas State in the 2012 Cotton Bowl.

 

Waive the Yellow Flag
Texas Tech is fortunate to enter this week with a 2-0 record, as it has been penalized 25 times over that span—a statistic that could prove troublesome against a Bielema-coached team.

The Red Raiders have put together a 42-82-3 SU record against current SEC members, but they haven’t faced off against such a team during the regular season since 2003.

College football handicappers will find that the squad is 2-6 SUATS in its last eight games versus SEC opponents.

 

Run the Football
Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams form one of the best running back duos in the country, as they rank fifth and sixth respectively in the SEC in averaging 99.5 and 88.5 rushing yards per game.

Arkansas will try to pound the ball behind an offensive line that averages 320.8 pounds—a group that has actually allowed just nine sacks dating back to last season if quarterback Brandon Allen gets an opportunity to strike in the passing game.

 

It Starts Up Front
The Red Raiders are capable of scoring points with sophomore Davis Webb under center, but they’ll need to take advantage of their opportunities, as the Razorbacks will certainly win the time-of-possession battle in this matchup.

Texas Tech’s defense must get off the field, but that depends on a defensive that’s relying on a couple of 300-plus pound linemen that are playing just their third game at the Division I level.

During the team’s five-game losing streak to end the 2013 regular season—opponents ran the ball an average of 52 times for 283.4 yards.  Arkansas is capable of matching that type of production.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Razorbacks to cover the short betting odds,as they have gone 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games versus Big 12 Conference opponents.

College Football Picks:  Arkansas Razorbacks +3 at Pinnacle Sports