The Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0) travel to Tucson on Saturday for a high-flying offensive showdown with the Arizona Wildcats (1-1). Kickoff is set for 10:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 14th at Arizona Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 3 college football odds, Arizona opened as a 2.5-point home underdog earlier this week. That line has shifted by half a point after early betting, as the Wildcats are currently listed at +3. The total for the game is sitting at 77 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Arizona vs Texas Tech
Texas Tech improved to 2-0 on the season last weekend after crushing UTEP 38-3 at home. The Red Raiders scored 21-unanswered points in the first half and never looked back, as the Miners didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. QB Alan Bowman played well, going 31/46 for 277 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite targets in the receiving game were Dalton Rigdon and T.J. Vasher, as the tandem combined for 161 yards and three touchdowns. RB Armand Shyne led the way on the ground for Texas Tech, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and finding the end zone in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard run.
The Red Raiders defense was relentless against UTEP in Week 2, limiting the Miners to just 55 yards passing and 77 yards on the ground. Texas Tech also didn’t allow a single passing play to go for more than 13 yards all game long and would have had a shutout if UTEP hadn’t hit a field goal in the final 15 minutes.
Arizona managed to get back to .500 on the season last weekend after beating Northern Arizona 65-41 at home. The Wildcats offense exploded in the first half, scoring 51 points in just two quarters of action. Neither side of the ball was quite as sharp in the second half, as the Lumberjacks found the end zone on several occasions during garbage time. The quarterback tandem of Khalil Tate and Grant Gunnell played well, combining for 289 passing yards and five touchdowns. Arizona also benefited from another dynamic duo, as Gary Brightwell and J.J. Taylor combined for 243 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries total. WR Tayvian Cunningham also had a monster outing, hauling in three passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wildcats defense looked quite good in the first half against NAU, holding the Lumberjacks to just 13 points. However, Northern Arizona did have some success offensively in the second half, although that may have been at least partly due to the fact that the game was already out of reach.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Texas Tech -3
I’m actually quite surprised that I only have to lay a field goal with Texas Tech, as I think the Red Raiders should roll on the road in this matchup. Not only have they won two straight games to open the season, they outscored their opponents by a combined 78-13 margin. Of course, UTEP and Montana State are both well below average programs, which does give Arizona some hope to keep within striking distance at home on Saturday. Still, the Wildcats are only 1-1 overall after losing to Hawaii by a touchdown in Week 1. Their play on defense has been atrocious, as their opponents have combined for 86 points in just two games.
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The Wildcats are also 0-2 so far this season against the spread, which doesn’t bode well for a matchup against a Texas Tech team that is still undefeated against the spread two weeks into the season. I also have a little bit more faith in the Red Raiders defense, although they certainly will face their toughest test so far this season here in Week 3. This should be a highly entertaining game with plenty of offensive highlights on both sides – with the spread currently sitting at just three points, I’m going to roll with Texas Tech in the late game on Saturday night. They should find a way to close this game out down the stretch and remain unbeaten to start the year – give me the Red Raiders!