Texas Tech (@1.72) vs Arizona (@2.15)

Our Prediction:

Texas Tech will win

Texas Tech – Arizona Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 22:30

The 46-year old from South Carolina is hoping the team will buy in to what theyre selling and establish a new culture of winning in Lubbock in the same way Chris Beard has galvanized the basketball program. Former Utah State coach Matt Wells and his crew have worked tirelessly to implement their ideals, values and strategies in a short window of time.

Brookss strength is his ability to limit opposing running backs success, and hell need to be sharper than ever this year with guys like Chuba Hubbard, Kennedy Brooks, Keaontay Ingram and Pooka Williams running directly downhill at the veteran linebacker. The Big 12 is obviously regarded as the best passing league in the country, but there are some dangerous backs who can do just as much damage as some of the big-name receivers.

They will also return starting left tackle Travis Bruffy and right tackle Terence Steele. Junior Jack Anderson enters the season riding 25 consecutive starts and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team in 2018. The offensive line should prove to be a strength of the team. If you thought Andersons consecutive-start streak was impressive, Steele has him beat with 37. Nothing like experience and talent on the O-line.

Nic Shimonek threw for 384 yards and 3 scores in their opener. Offensively this team is going to put up points and thats with replacing a Top 10 pick in Patrick Mahomes. The thing is, they are not going to be as dynamic and still have their fair share of concerns with their defense. One that has allowed 500 or more yards and 40 or more points in each of the last 3 seasons.

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As much as I want the Matt Wells era to begin with a postseason appearance, I just dont see it happening. I believe Wells is the right man to bring the Red Raiders back to relevance in the Big 12, I just think hes a year or two away. I think Tech finishes 5-7 in year one, with some bright spots to build on for the future.

Maybe they head into Norman with a surplus of confidence and pull off the upset they came so close to accomplishing last season. The way I see it, even though this is only the third game of the season, a loss here will prevent the Red Raiders from earning a bowl bid. Arizona. (RELATED: The 3 games that will determine Techs bowl eligibility this season) If Tech can start out this season 3-0 with a road win over a Pac-12 team, who knows?

This kid is the real deal, he just needs to stay healthy. There hasnt been a quarterback Tech has really rallied around since Patrick Mahomes in 2016, but Alan Bowman is generating a lot of hype after an impressive freshman season. I also think a big change is that we actually have some certainty about and confidence in who will be taking snaps under center this season. I think the overwhelming opinion favors the latter. Was it a fluke, or have we found the quarterback of the future?

However, last season was a bitter disappointment as they finished with a 5-7 record which featured a five-game losing streak to end the season. Overall, there were a lot of young players who found significant playing time which will be valuable for the future. That collapse cost the Red Raiders a shot at a bowl game and Kliff Kingsbury his job.

The game last year did not feel competitive, and it was the only time in Big 12 play I felt like the Wildcats physically controlled a conference foe. Yes, the programs are completely different now, but there's obviously a great deal of roster carry over. Well, the Wildcats handled Tech in Manhattan a year ago. It's not crazy to project the Wildcats would have a better team than Tech again - specific for this match-up - in 2019.

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It's easy to make arguments for K-State in that game, or in this one. Ultimately, though, I feel Tech has a little more as far as proven play-makers and gets to play at home, leaving me taking them it what may feel like a heart-breaker. This loss, and the earlier projected home loss to TCU, were the most difficult decisions I had to make on this series throughout the process.