It's homecoming week for the Texas Tech Raider Raiders, who are coming off of a heartbreaking double-overtime loss last weekend to Baylor and will look to bounce back against an Iowa State Cyclones team that has rattled off back-to-back wins.
Their record may not show it just yet, but the Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) look to be on the upswing under new head coach Matt Wells, as this team was oh so close to upsetting a Top 25 opponent for the second week in a row against Baylor. Throwing the football is still the name of the game for Texas Tech, as they are 11th in the country in passing yards per contest, albeit with a backup quarterback in Jett Duffey. And while the defense has only made marginal improvements, the Red Raiders are tied for the conference lead with 12 takeaways on the season.
Tech will need to force some takeaways on Saturday against a Cyclones (4-2, 2-1) team that looks to be hitting its stride at the midway point of the regular season with consecutive impressive blowout performances against TCU and West Virginia. Both sides of the football are getting it done for Iowa State, as they rank 28th or higher in both total offense and defense nationally.
Iowa State at Texas Tech
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. ET
Spread: Iowa State -7
When Iowa State Has the Ball
We already know about Brock Purdy and the Iowa State passing game, which currently ranks 15th in the country at 311 yards per contest. Now imagine what this offense with a rushing attack to complement that, and the Cyclones may have found that missing piece last week in Breece Hall. In his first extended opportunity of the season, the true freshman broke out against West Virginia for 132 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns in the victory. Those three scores broke the school single-game record for touchdowns by a true freshman, and he also became the first true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a contest since David Montgomery in 2016.