Texas Tech at Arizona NCAA Football Picks and Tips 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Alan Bowman and the Texas Tech Red Raiders head to Arizona Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona opens this contest as 2-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 74.5. The Red Raiders are 2-0-0 ATS and 0-2-0 when betting on the total. The Wildcats are 2-0-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-2-0 against the spread.
Key Texas Tech Red Raiders Injuries
08/22/19 WR Cameron Cantrell Collarbone is out for season
Key Arizona Wildcats Injuries
No key injuries to report
In their last outing, the Texas Tech Red Raiders faced the UTEP Miners and took home the victory by a score of 38-3. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Red Raiders was Alan Bowman who went 30/45 with 260 yards passing and completed 3 TD's. He gave away 1 pick in the game. Armand Shyne paced the team in rushing in the game. His longest run of the day went for 20 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the contest. He rushed for 45 yards on 8 carries which had him averaging 5.6 yards per run. T.J. Vasher was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 78 yards on 6 catches. He notched an average of 13.0 yards per catch in the game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ran the ball a total of 29 times and generated 149 yards which had them averaging 5.1 yards per carry. On the day, they totaled 76 plays which gave them a total of 413 yards. On the day, the Red Raiders racked up a total of 27 1st downs and they had a total of 4 penalties for 50 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Texas Tech conceded 7 completions on 19 throws for a total of 54 yards, and a completion percentage of 36.8%. On the ground, the Red Raiders conceded 77 yards on 38 attempts which means they allowed 2.0 yards per run allowed. Overall, they allowed a total of 131 yards and forced 0 turnovers.
The Red Raiders come into this game with a record of 2-0 this year. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 41.5 points per contest, ranking them 29th in D-1. As a unit, they have an average of 202 yards on the ground per game which is 5th in the Big 12. For total yards, they are currently ranked 3rd in the Big 12 and 9th in D-1 with 1,104 yards. The Red Raiders have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, allowing 6.5 points per contest which has them at 1st in the conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Red Raiders have conceded 700 yards. Opponents are completing 44.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.0 yards per attempt. In regard to yards on the ground, Texas Tech is giving up 102 yards per game ranking them 4th in the Big 12 and 35th in college football. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.8 yards per rush which has them at 2nd in the Big 12 and 28th in Division 1 overall. In total, they have allowed 204 rushing yards through 2 contests.
The last time they played, the Arizona Wildcats faced the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and ended up getting the win by a score of 65-41. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Wildcats was Grant Gunnell who went 9/11 with 151 yards through the air and completed 3 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Gary Brightwell paced the team in rushing in the game. He broke a long run for 94 yards and he notched 1 TD for the game. He ran for a total of 141 yards by way of 5 carries which means he ran for an average of 28.2 yards per tote. Thomas Reid III was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 75 yards on 1 catch. He notched an average of 75.0 yards per reception in the game. The Arizona Wildcats ended up running the ball 46 times and racked up a total of 431 yards giving them an average of 9.4 yards per run. For the contest, the Wildcats racked up 31 1st downs and they totaled 11 infractions for 127 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. In the game, they ran 74 plays for 720 yards. In terms of defense, Arizona gave up 28 catches on 48 throws for a total of 373 yards, and a completion percentage of 58.3%. In the running game, the Wildcats gave up 69 yards on 27 attempts which gave the opponent an average of 2.6 yards per attempt allowed. For the game, they conceded a total of 442 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
The Wildcats step onto the field holding a record of 1-1. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Wildcats have one of the most prolific offenses in D-1. Arizona has shown the nation they have a formidable rushing attack by averaging 304.5 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 9th in Division 1. As a team, they have compiled a total of 609 yards rushing through 2 contests, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Wildcats average 629.5 yards per contest overall putting them 6th in the nation and 1st in the conference. The Wildcats are giving up 43 points per contest which puts them at 12th in the Pac-12 Conference and 126th in Division 1. In regard to points allowed, they have given up 86 total points. In discussing rushing yards, they are conceding 114 yards per game which puts them at 45th in the nation and 4th in the Pac-12 Conference. For this season, they have conceded a total of 228 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the worst groups in the country. They are conceding 404.5 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Wildcats are ranked 12th in the Pac-12 Conference.
Who will win tonight's Red Raiders/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Raiders -2
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