12:00 PM ET, October 12, 2013
Jones AT&T Stadium, LUBBOCK, TX
Coverage: FOX Sports 1
This game has much more to offer then just a change in each team’s record, Texas Tech is currently ranked 20th overall and with no losses on their record, the Cyclones are coming into this game with a 1-3 record and a possible jump into the top 25 with a convincing win over the Red Raiders. This will not be an easy game, the Red Raiders are known for their hard hitting defense as well as a good running game while the Cyclones depend mostly on their ability to pass the football over the middle as well as their wild cat options for the QB.
The Cyclones are coming into this season having lost their last outing against Texas, then dominating poor Tulsa at home. Quarterback Sam Richardson will have a lot of work to do in order to prepare for the Raiders given the specific type of defense they bring. Richardson Has thrown for 203 yards on 15 of 25 passes with 2 touchdowns while the team’s best running back Aaron Wimberly carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards and an additional 2 scores. Iowa State will really have to protect their QB in this game in order to have a fighting chance, moving over the middle and running the correct routes will be key if the Cyclones want a victory.
Texas Tech felt insulted after being left out of the top 15 to start this season off, they took care of their first two opponents with ease and aside from Iowa State they really won’t see much difficulty until October 19th against West Virginia then #14 Oklahoma. QB Baker Mayfield has thrown for 780 yards over the last 2 games with 7 scores including 82 additional yards running of 21 attempts and another touchdown. Texas Tech is known for their power hitting defense, quick off the line and excellent in the secondary.
Your inside scoop:
Texas Tech will take this game over with its command of the offense and smooth defensive transitions, Iowa State will be in for a long evening if they can’t find a way to get their running game started. Expect the ball control to be in full control of the Red Raiders, they have a punishing defensive line that attacks from every corner, the Cyclones will really have to work together to protect the ball and their QB in the pocket for them to even stand a chance.