Texas Tech Red Raiders vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 10/21/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs BYU Cougars
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (+2)
LaVell Edwards Stadium is the location where the BYU Cougars (4-2) will compete against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-4) on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Texas Tech opens as 2-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 51.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders head into this game 3-4 for this year. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Red Raiders played the Kansas State Wildcats and ended up losing by a score of 38-21. Jake Strong connected on 16/28 with 173 yards passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 99.4 and walked away from the contest with 3 interceptions. Tahj Brooks was the rushing leader for the Red Raiders with 17 attempts for 98 yards (5.8 yards per carry). The Texas Tech Red Raiders ran the football 30 different times and had 182 yards, which earned them an average of 6.1 yds per carry. Overall, they ran 79 plays which gave them a total of 480 yards. Texas Tech conceded 14 completions on 18 tries for 163 yds, and a completion percentage of 77.8%. Against the run, the Red Raiders gave up 272 yds on 47 attempts, which averages out to 5.8 yds per rush allowed.
When it comes to scoring points, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are averaging 32.3 PPG. As a team they are averaging 179.3 yards rushing giving them a rank of 44th in college football. The Red Raiders have earned 2,870 yards in total for the season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Texas Tech has compiled 16 touchdowns via the pass and 10 touchdowns via the ground. Texas Tech has amassed 160 first downs offensively, and they have been hurt by 34 penalties for 344 yds. They have turned the ball over 11 different times.
When talking about yards through the air, the Red Raiders are giving up 1,627 yards which ranks them 101st in the country. They have surrendered 232.4 yards per game through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 63.3%. Overall, they have relinquished 379.3 yards/game putting them at 71st in D-1. They have granted 10 touchdowns through the air as well as 9 touchdowns on the ground. They are allowing an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt and 146.9 rushing yards per game for the season. Overall, they have conceded 1,028 rushing yards through 7 contests. The Red Raiders are sitting in 68th in Division 1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 25.1 PPG.
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The Cougars come into this matchup with a record of 4-2 this season. In their last game, the Cougars took a defeat with a final score of 44-11 when they faced the TCU Horned Frogs. LJ Martin ran the football 14 times for 56 yds, ending the game with 4.0 yds per carry for BYU. Kedon Slovis walked away from the game with 152 yds on 15/34 through the air while his quarterback rate was 75.8. He threw 1 pick and his Y/A was 4.5. BYU conceded 27 rush attempts for 137 yards (5.1 yards per carry). The Cougars secondary conceded a completion percentage of 64.4%, relinquishing 447 yards on 38 for 59 through the air. The Cougars finished the contest with a total of 243 yds on 66 plays (3.7 yards per play). BYU rushed for 2.8 yards per tote, totaling 91 yds on 32 attempts.
When looking at their scoring prowess, the Cougars rank 79th in Division 1 holding an average of 27.7 points per outing. The BYU Cougars average 306.0 yards per outing, which has them ranked 123rd in Division 1. The BYU offense has compiled 241 yds of penalties on 30 infractions, ranking them 108th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. They have given away 4 picks while letting opponents recover 3 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 102 first downs. During the season so far, the Cougars currently have a total of 1,431 passing yards as well as holding an average of 238.5 passing yards per outing, putting them at 63rd in college football. They are averaging 67.5 rushing yards per game and have toted the ball for 405 yards in total.
BYU has surrendered a total of 899 rushing yards (149.8 yards per outing) as well as 3 touchdowns on the ground on the campaign. They have allowed 12 touchdowns through the air in addition to 248.2 yards/game, which has them ranked 99th in college football. Their defense has tallied 3 fumbles recovered and 8 interceptions for the year. The Cougars defense has been on the field for 417 plays, which has them ranked 60th in the country. The Cougars are giving up 26.0 points per game, ranking them 72nd in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 156 pts.
Who will win tonight's Red Raiders/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars +2
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