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    CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    Iowa State (1-4) at Texas Tech (4-1) 7:00 PM
    Why to Watch: This is as about as must win is to get to for Texas Tech, after losing its opening Big 12 game of the season two weeks ago to Oklahoma State 49-45. There can't be a slip up of any sort here, with the South big boys still ahead, and a road trip to Missouri to worry about. Coming off a 75-7 win over Northwestern State, everything is humming on offense, and now it's time for the defense to show it can play a little. Iowa State is looking for any sign of life, as the good feelings of the Iowa win have quickly faded after losses to Toledo and Nebraska. The Cyclones are competitive, but they simply haven't been very good. There isn't a breather in the bunch the rest of the way, so it's all about improving and getting better week by week for Gene Chizik's club, and it's all about trying to keep pace with the nation's highest octane offense.
    Why Iowa State Might Win: The defense is playing better than it's getting credit for. The offense is the issue, not the D, that's allowing a mere 179 passing yards per game and has only given up one 200-yard game, coming last week against Nebraska. Texas Tech is going to get its yards through the air no matter what, but this should be the first time all season long that the Red Raiders will actually have to work to steadily move the ball. Unlike the Oklahoma State game, Tech won't be able to rip off 600 yards, so can it throw for 350 yards against a decent defense and still win? Probably, because ...
    Why Texas Tech Might Win: ... Iowa State doesn't have enough scoring pop to keep up any sort of a pace. If the Red Raiders can score on their first few drives, it'll be over. The Red Raider defense is just good enough prevent this from being the time when the Cyclones attack finally breaks out against a decent D. It did a great job of moving the ball against Toledo, but the Rockets can't play defense, and Iowa State still lost. Simply put, Iowa State can't outscore Tech.
    Who to Watch: The only chance Iowa State has of keeping this close is if the running game is rumbling, since the passing game simply isn't working, but that could be a problem if top back J.J. Bass is out for the second straight week with a shoulder injury. At best, he'll be able to split time with Jason Scales, who ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on Nebraska last week. Scales is a small, quick back who could break off a few big runs here and there, while Bass is a big, fast back able to carry the offense.
    What Will Happen: The Texas Tech offense won't blow up like it has over the first several weeks, but it'll go on a midgame run of points that Iowa State won't be able to overcome.
    CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 38 ... Iowa State 17 ... Line: Texas Tech -24.5
    Must See Rating: (5 Paris on Letterman - 1 Singing Bee) ... 2.5


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    Re: CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    Sounds about right.



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    Re: CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    Yeah, I'm impressed with this prediction. Sounds like the guy did his homework.



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    Re: CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    Sounds dejectedly correct. Ugh.



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    Re: CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    We win outright. Don't worry......



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    Re: CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    If the Red Raiders can score on their first few drives, it'll be over.
    One thing of note:

    Tech has scored a touchdown on its first drive in each game this year.

    That said I am looking forward to seeing how Tech does against a quality defense. Tech has a big rivalry game next week against TAMU.



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    Re: CFN Texas Tech/ISU Prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by LC Red Raider View Post
    One thing of note:

    Tech has scored a touchdown on its first drive in each game this year.

    That said I am looking forward to seeing how Tech does against a quality defense. Tech has a big rivalry game next week against TAMU.

    Ha ha, he said quality. We are getting better, but Im more worried about how they handle a potent offense. The is a good test for the direction. This year is a good benchmarking year.



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