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Kansas State vs. Texas Tech: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Texas Tech

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 match up in our Kansas State vs. Texas Tech preview and prediction.

Game Info

2:30 p.m. Central Time, Saturday October 3rd, 2020, Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas. 


Texas Tech Radio: TTU Sports Network

Kansas State Radio: K-State Sports Network 

Spread: Kansas State (-2.5)

Fun Fact: In their last nine meetings, Kansas State is 8-1 against Texas Tech. 


Key Players

Texas Tech

QB Alan Bowman

Outside of the interceptions, Alan Bowman played a solid game against the Texas Longhorns as he threw for 5 touchdown passes and over 300 yards. It is no secret that Texas Tech has weapons on the outside and if Alan Bowman can limit the mistakes, he can put up plenty of points. 

The Wide Receiver Trio

It is hard for me to just pick one guy but between T.J. Vasher, Erik Ezukanma and KeSean Carter, the Red Raiders have some good options to get the football to. I cannot just pick one guy because I think all of them bring plenty to the table and one or more of them could have a big day. 

LB Rico Jeffers and LB Krishon Merriweather 

Both Rico Jeffers and Krishon Merriweather are good linebackers. They are one and two in terms of leading the team in tackles and together, they make a solid duo. Kansas State loves to play the power run game and that should give plenty of opportunities for them to make plays. 

Kansas State

QB Skylar Thompson 

There was little doubt who the MVP of the Kansas State/Oklahoma game was last weekend. It was Skylar Thompson who used his arm for 300 plus yards while adding 3 rushing touchdowns last weekend. If he can keep that type of play up, Kansas State will be in good hands. 

RB Duece Vaughn 

While he has yet to reach 50 rushing yards in a game, Duece’s speed is what separates him from others. Even though he is just a true freshman who stands at 5’5 and 169 pounds, he is capable of making big things happen with the football in his hands. 

DE Wyatt Hubert

Against Tech’s heavy passing attack, Wyatt should have some success getting some pressure against Alan Bowman. Wyatt is Kansas State’s best pure pass rusher and when you match that up with Tech’s average offensive line, this could be a game where he has more than one sack. 


Game Plan

Texas Tech

I do not think that there is any question as to what Texas Tech wants to do offensively here. They are going to let Alan Bowman try and pick apart the Kansas State secondary and pick on their defensive backs as much as possible with his big and speedy wide outs. The Red Raiders wide outs are a mismatch for a lot of secondaries, and I am sure Alan Bowman will air it out plenty. As for the defense, they will have to focus on stopping the ground game for Kansas State or else it will be a tough day for the defense as they will get gashed with run and run. 

Kansas State

I think the focus of this game will be on the Kansas State defense against the Texas Tech offense. Why? Because I think the Wildcats will be able to control the clock against Tech as they will run the football to control the tempo of the game. And if Kansas State’s defense can keep Tech to under 30 points, I really like Kansas State’s chances a lot more in this game. 


Kansas State: 31 Texas Tech: 28

I do not often include a reason for my score, but I feel like this game is a coin flip and due to Kansas State playing at home, I will take the Wildcats by three.

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