What: Iowa State (4-2, 2-1) at Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2)
When: Saturday at 11 a.m.
Where: Lubbock, Texas
Line: Texas Tech (-7)
Chris Williams, Cyclone Fanatic Publisher
I’m torn on Tech’s defense. It’s rush defense numbers are really impressive when you break it down to yards per attempt. Against the pass though, the Raiders are abysmal. So are the rushing numbers because they are actually that good against the run or do teams just sense how poor they are against the pass? Offensively, you know what you are getting with Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. I just feel like I know more about Iowa State at this point in the season than I do Tech. I’ve gone down this road too many times with that program, where it shines in September and slowly withers into a bad 6-6 bowl game. I’m sold on the Cyclones. Let’s go.
THE PICK: Iowa State 30, Texas Tech 24
Brent Blum, Cyclone Fanatic Columnist
I really like Iowa State’s ability to match up with the high-powered Tech offense. The 3-3-5 is a look that can do as good of job as any against the Red Raiders. Tech is due for a few mistakes as they have been dominant in the turnover game, which has been the biggest key for Tech’s success. As long as Kempt is solid and doesn’t force things, Cyclones get it done.
Jay Jordan, Cyclone Fanatic Football Analyst
Jeff Woody, Cyclone Fanatic Football Analyst
THE PICK: Iowa State 42, Texas Tech 36
Kirk Haaland, Cyclone Fanatic Contributor
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Cyclone Fanatic Contributor
Rob Gray, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer
Was last year’s 66-10 rout of the Red Raiders in Ames an aberration? Yes. Was it important to Matt Campbell’s program? Also, yes. Expect nothing like that to happen here — for either team. Talent matches talent, but Tech’s defense is markedly improved (last week’s meltdown in Morgantown notwithstanding). As much as I’d like the Cyclones to improve to 3-1 in the league, I’m seeing a toss-up game Saturday, which typically favors the home team.