Kliff Kingsbury is doing a phenomenal job of leading the Texas Tech Red Raiders this season. The new head coach has led the Red Raiders to an improbably 5-0 record to begin the season and the former Texas A&M Aggies quarterbacks coach has made yet another top quarterback out of Baker Mayfield.
On the other side of the field, the Iowa State Cyclones are coming off one of the most upsetting losses in school history. No, it wasn’t a rivalry defeat, it was a loss to the Texas Longhorns at home that should have been a win, but the referees missed a fumble call that would have given the Cyclones their second win of the season.
As I stated earlier, Kingsbury is known for his quarterbacks, like Johnny Manziel from a season ago, and Texas Tech is ridden with talented players at that position. Mayfield is the starter and he could be the best freshman quarterback in the nation, passing for 1,488 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for over 100 yards and two scores. Jace Amaro has given Mayfield a nice target to throw to, catching 38 passes for 463 yards and a touchdown.
Iowa State is also led by a young quarterback in sophomore gunslinger Sam B. Richardson who has 1,019 yards and nine passing touchdowns through four games. Not to be outdone by Mayfield, the sophomore quarterback is also a dual-threat and has nearly 200 yards rushing on the season. Quenton Bundrage has led all receivers with 18 catches for 323 yards and looks to be one of the best receivers in the Big 12 this season.
Defensively, Iowa State ranks 60th in the nation, allowing 393 yards per game while rankings 65th in the nation with 26.8 points per game allowed. Texas Tech’s defense has been a bit surprising in the Kingsbury era so far, allowing just 352 yards and 13.8 points per game to begin the season — a big reason why the Red Raiders are 5-0.
Iowa State will travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be aired on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Iowa State 13, Texas Tech 31