Iowa State vs Texas Tech NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 10/19/2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Jones AT&T Stadium
Brock Purdy and the Iowa State Cyclones travel to Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Iowa State opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The Cyclones are 4-2-0 ATS and 3-3-0 when betting on the total. The Red Raiders are 3-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 4-2-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Iowa State Cyclones played the West Virginia Mountaineers and won by a score of 38-14. Running the show from under center for the Cyclones was Brock Purdy who went 19/30 with 229 yards passing and threw 1 TD. He gave away 1 interception on the day. Breece Hall led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 18 yards and he added 3 touchdowns during the game. He scurried for 132 yards by way of 26 carries which had him averaging 5.1 yards per carry. La'Michael Pettway led the team in receiving yardage by earning 81 yards on 8 catches. He earned an average of 10.1 yards per catch for the game. The Cyclones ran the ball a total of 40 times and added 146 yards earning them an average of 3.7 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, they finished with a total of 70 plays for a total of 375 yards. For the game, the Cyclones earned 26 first downs and they had 4 penalties for 30 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. On the defensive side of the ball, Iowa State allowed 19 completions on 25 tries for a total of 149 yards, and a completion percentage of 76.0%. On the ground, the Cyclones allowed 41 yards on 28 tries which gave them an average of 1.5 yards per carry allowed. In the game, they conceded a total of 190 yards and earned 3 turnovers.
The Cyclones step onto the field holding a record of 4-2 in 2019. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 37.7 points per contest, putting them 23rd in D-1. As a unit, they are averaging 157.3 yards on the ground per game which is 9th in the Big 12 Conference. For total yards, they currently sit at 5th in the Big 12 and 30th in D-1 with 2,811 yards. The Cyclones have one of the best defenses in Division 1, allowing 20.8 points per game which has them at 4th in the conference. When talking about yards rushing, Iowa State is allowing 104.5 yards per contest which has them at 2nd in the Big 12 Conference and 21st in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3 yards per rush which has them at 1st in the conference and 16th in Division 1 overall. Overall, they have conceded 627 yards rushing through 6 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Cyclones have allowed 1,867 yards. Opponents are completing 62.6% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.1 yards per try.
In their last outing, the Texas Tech Red Raiders faced the Baylor Bears and lost 33-30. Running the show from under center for the Red Raiders was Jett Duffey who went 31/42 with 362 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He walked away with 2 picks during the game. SaRodorick Thompson led the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 30 yards and he ran for 2 TD's during the game. He rushed for a total of 153 yards by way of 28 carries which gave him an average of 5.5 yards per run. R.J. Turner was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 138 yards on 7 receptions. He notched an average of 19.7 yards per reception in the game. The Red Raiders ran the ball a total of 43 times and racked up 148 yards which earned them an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Overall, the Red Raiders had a total of 26 first downs and they had 8 penalties for 67 yards which shows us how undisciplined this team can be. For the game, they totaled 85 plays for 510 yards. In terms of defense, Texas Tech allowed 24 completions on 38 tries for a total of 352 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.2%. Against the run, the Red Raiders allowed 173 yards on 38 carries which gave them an average of 4.6 yards per run allowed. For the game, they gave up a total of 525 yards and forced 3 takeaways.
The Red Raiders step onto the field holding a record of 3-3. Texas Tech has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 168.3 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 64th in the country. As a unit, they have a total of 1,010 yards rushing through 6 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Red Raiders average 488.2 yards per contest overall which has them at 16th in Division 1 and 3rd in the conference. The Red Raiders are giving up 27.3 points per contest which puts them at 6th in the conference and 68th in the country. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road groups in D-1. They are conceding 247.7 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Red Raiders sit in 8th in the Big 12 Conference. In regard to points given up, they have given up 164 points in total. In terms of yards rushing, they are giving up 185.5 yards per contest ranking them 95th in Division 1 and 8th in the conference. In 2019, they have conceded a total of 1,113 yards rushing and 13.8 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Cyclones/Red Raiders college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cyclones -5.5
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