Staff Picks: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 20, Texas Tech 14

 It’s a game that even given the circumstances surrounding a frustrating season, Iowa State should still win. It’s going to be freezing cold on Saturday night in Ames and personally, I prefer the team with the elite defense, which is Iowa State. Feels a lot like the West Virginia game a few weeks ago. I do have a healthy amount of respect for this next Texas Tech coaching staff and do not believe that the Red Raiders will roll over at any point in this one though. 

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor – Iowa State 10, Texas Tech 3

Give me this Iowa State defense in freezing cold temperatures any day of the week and twice on Sundays. I’m not sure what we will get from Iowa State’s offense. I’m not sure how much it will matter. This feels like a statement game opportunity for Jon Heacock and Co.

Connor Ferguson, Staff Writer – Iowa State 9, Texas Tech 6

This game could see a lot of dropped passes. It might see a plenty of rushing yards – or attempts might be a better word. It could be a beautifully ugly college football game. I think you trust the Iowa State defense. You look at the weather and just hope you’re not kicking into the wind. Iowa State wins a close, low scoring and eventful game.

Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 13, Texas Tech 6

It’s gonna be 10° outside with snow on the ground in a game between 1) an offense who’s shown it hasn’t been able to run the ball and 2) an offense from Texas going against the best defense in the conference. This one is LOW scoring. Cyclones get a win in a zany, fun one that we’ll be talking about for a while.

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 19, Texas Tech 9

Special teams and turnovers again. That is the margin here. Playing a tough defense in adverse conditions can be disheartening. Instead of holding up, I think the defense goes out and wins a game. The offense squeaks in a little progress and the Raiders go home to work on a win next week.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.