Texas Tech begins their 2012 conference football schedule in Ames, Iowa on Saturday night at six o’clock central time. The Red Raiders are a three point favorite in the game. When the Texas Tech (3-0) and Iowa State (3-0) kickoff, the Red Raiders will finally have a chance to show what kind of team they are. This feels like a must win for both teams.
Can Texas Tech lose this game and still make it to a bowl? Maybe they can, but this team should have their sights set higher than that. They also do not want to lose their conference opener with Oklahoma and West Virginia coming up next.
If Texas Tech wants to be relevant this year, they have to win this game. Losing this game, will let the national pundits dismiss this team as being the same team as they saw last year. A win at least puts Tech in the conversation about the top twenty-five teams in the country. A loss drops them back to irrelevance. Coach Tuberville is already on the record as saying this is his best team since he has been at Texas Tech.
How will the game play out? It all comes down to Texas Tech’s number ranked, but untested, defense. If the defense can hold up against the run and force Iowa State to beat them strictly through the air, Texas Tech will have a huge edge. Texas Tech needs this to come down to which team has the best quarterback and passing game. Iowa State needs to run the ball to be successful. That is what the Red Raiders have to stop.
This is also a huge game for Coach Tuberville. He is winless against Iowa State since coming to Texas Tech. After all, how can the Texas Tech coach hope to beat Texas more than twenty percent of the time if he can’t even beat Iowa State more than twenty percent of the time? Everyone knows that Tommy Tuberville is coaching for his job this season.
Prediction: Look for the Texas Tech defense to struggle a little bit stopping the run, but do enough to prevent Iowa State from running down their throats. Seth Doege and the Texas Tech offense should have early success against the Iowa State secondary, opening up the running game in the second half. Iowa State will put up some points, but not enough to win.
Final Score: Texas Tech 37 Iowa State 27