Kliff Kingsbury has turned the Texas Tech Red Raiders into serious Big 12 contenders in 2013. It didn’t look like this team was going to do much prior to the season, but after a 4-0 start and an easy possibility of starting at least 7-0, the Red Raiders look poised to take down some Big 12 Goliaths as the season continues.
On the other side of the field, the Kansas Jayhawks will easily be seeing their first true test of the season in Texas Tech. They are 2-1 right now, but have yet to play a team of any real substance nationally. Although they are 2-1, they are not ready to compete in the conference for a title.
Baker Mayfield has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Raiders has he has passed for 1,120 yards and eight touchdowns while leading the third-best passing attack in the nation. Oh yeah, and he’s just a freshman. The run game is the exact opposite, ranking 105th in the country in rush yards per game, with no running back gaining more than 105 yards on the ground. Jace Amaro has been the top target and best offensive weapon on the young team, catching 29 passes for 367 yards and a touchdown.
Although Kansas has a winning record, its offense has been mediocre at best. The Jayhawks are one of the worst teams in the nation on this side of the ball. Ranking 101st in passing yards behind Jake Heaps‘ 546 yards passing and three scores, they have had a hard time getting the ball into the endzone — averaging just under 20 points per game. The run game has been the only bright spot — if you can call it that — of the offense as James Sims has racked up 281 yards and two touchdowns through three games on the ground.
Defensively, the Red Raiders have allowed just 371 yards per game while also giving up just 13.3 points per game. This unit has been improved from a season ago, but conference play is still young. Kansas has been a bit better on this side of the ball yardage-wise, allowing 366 yards per game along with 15.7 points per game. Neither squad has been tested heavily.
Texas Tech will travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Texas Tech 35, Kansas 14