Big 12 Previews

Texas Tech vs. Iowa State: Preview and Prediction

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones.

GAME INFO

Saturday, November 19, 2022; 6:00 p.m. CT; Jack Trice Stadium; Ames, Iowa

TV: FS1 (Eric Collins, Devin Gardner, Kevin Patterson)

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (Brian Jensen, John Harris, Chris Level); Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters, Eric Heft, Ryan Harklau)

Records: Texas Tech (5-5, 3-4); Iowa State (4-6, 1-6)

Rankings: Both teams unranked

Last Week: Texas Tech 43, Kansas 28; Oklahoma State 20, Iowa State 14

Series History: Texas Tech leads 12-8

Last Meeting: Texas Tech 41, Iowa State 38 (2021)

Favorite: Iowa State (-3.5)

Fun Fact: This matchup with put the Big 12 top passing offense (Texas Tech, 311.3 ypg) up against the conference’s top passing defense (Iowa State, 175.2 ypg).

 

KEY PLAYERS

Texas Tech Red Raiders

QB Tyler Shough

Tyler Shough will start at quarterback for the Red Raiders on Saturday after leading Tech to a 43-28 win over Kansas last week. Shough was the leading passer and rusher in that game, completing 20 of 33 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown, adding 12 carries for 76 yards and a score on the ground. Shough is the most experienced quarterback on the roster for TTU, and his return into the fold should only help the Texas Tech offense close the season on a high note.

LB Jesiah Pierre

There’s a chance that we don’t see star pass rusher Tyree Wilson play in a Texas Tech uniform again, but Jesiah Pierre has started to produce at a high level here down the stretch and should help offset Wilson’s absence. Over the last two games, Pierre has recorded 3.5 sacks with two coming last week against Kansas. If Wilson is indeed gone, Texas Tech will look to Pierre to pick up some of the lost production to get them to a bowl game.

 

Iowa State Cyclones

WR Xavier Hutchinson

Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson leads the country in receptions (97), ranks third nationally in receiving yards (1,059), and is coming off his sixth game in which he topped 100 yards and 10 receptions. Hutchinson is easily the top receiving threat in the Big 12 and will be the focal point of Iowa State’s offense in each of the final two (or three) games of his collegiate career. Texas Tech will need to find a way to keep him under wraps on Saturday.

DL MJ Anderson

In a losing performance against Oklahoma State, MJ Anderson was a bright spot. The junior defensive lineman led the team with three tackles for loss and also added a sack on top of his five-tackle performance. Anderson ranks second on the team in sacks on the year (3.5) behind Will McDonald IV (4.0) and will need to be a vital part of what Iowa State does defensively if they hope to find themselves in a bowl game at the conclusion of the season.

 

KEY STORYLINES

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech is sitting at 5-5 and with a win would clinch bowl eligibility in Joey McGuire’s first season at the helm. However, going into Ames for a night game and coming out with a win in November is easier said than done. Jack Trice will be hopping on Saturday night and the Red Raiders will need to do something that they haven’t done all season: win a game on the road.

Iowa State Cyclones

Can Iowa State rally and take a must-win game at home? The Cyclones weren’t able to take advantage of a hobbled Oklahoma State team last week, and now they must beat both Texas Tech and TCU in consecutive weeks to keep their bowl streak alive. That starts with a tough Red Raiders team at home, and a win would keep the hope alive with the undefeated Horned Frogs on tap next week.

PREDICTION: Iowa State 24, Texas Tech 21

Iowa State does just enough to win this game and a lot of it has to do with the Red Raiders struggles on the road. I’m predicting that Xavier Hutchinson has the best game of his 2022 season and two touchdowns from one of the best wideouts in the country leads the Cyclones to a much-needed win and keeps their hopes for a bowl game alive for one more week.

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