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Can the Iowa State Cyclones defense slow down the Texas Tech Red Raiders offense?
Kickoff time (television): 7:00 p.m. ET (local channels only)
Many college football fans would probably be shocked to know that the Texas Tech Red Raiders were ranked No. 1 among all Football Bowl Subdivision programs in total defense and total offense this season. However, when people take a closer look at their first three opponents, it becomes less befuddling.
The Red Raiders opened up the season with games against Northwestern State University of the Football Championship Subdivision, FBS newcomer Texas State University and the New Mexico Lobos.
While the Red Raiders won all of those games without so much as breaking a sweat, the Iowa State Cyclones will not go down as easily as Texas Tech's first three opponents—especially at Jack Trice Stadium in prime time.
If the Red Raiders don't believe that, then head coach Tommy Tuberville should give Oklahoma State Cowboys head man Mike Gundy a call and ask him how his top-five team fared in Ames, Iowa a year ago.
The Cyclones have only given up nine points in their last two contests against in-state rival Iowa Hawkeyes and the Western Illinois Leathernecks of the FCS.
Iowa State will inevitably give up some points, but if the Cyclones can force some turnovers and get the Red Raiders offense out of sync, their home-field advantage should be enough to help them eke out a victory.
This coming Saturday will be a much better gauge for Texas Tech's offense and defense than their previous three contests.
Prediction: Texas Tech by 4