The Celebrate Cotton Game features two intriguing teams looking to keep the positive vibes rolling when Texas State makes the short trip to take on Texas Tech.
The Texas State Bobcats out of the Sun Belt Conference are the obvious underdog in the matchup, but are looking for an upset while bumping their record to 3-0 and giving head coach Dennis Franchione his 200th career win.
Texas Tech is riding even more momentum after beating SMU and SF Austin by a combined score of 102-36. The Red Raiders then put themselves on the map by taking out Top 25 ranked TCU, 20-10.
Tech has won this series the past two seasons by a combined score of 108-20, but it's readily apparent the Bobcats are much improved. Here's everything fans need to know about the contest.
When: Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 58.5 pts
- Spread: Texas Tech (-27.5)
Texas State Injury Report (via USA Today)
No significant injuries
Texas Tech Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Michael Brewer||QB||09/15/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas State||Questionable||back|
|Baker Mayfield||QB||09/15/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas State||Questionable||leg|
|Tony Morales||G||09/15/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas State||Questionable||shoulder|
Can Baker Mayfield Bounce Back?
The Red Raiders may have upset TCU to obtain a ranking of their own and notch their first win in the Big 12 this season, but it took a gritty performance from backup quarterback Davis Webb after starter Baker Mayfield was injured.
Although Mayfield will continue to be the starter, an obvious change was needed against TCU as Mayfield had thrown just one touchdown to three interceptions while hardly completing over half his attempts.
The Bobcats are no TCU, but Mayfield needs to find his rhythm quickly. He's No. 5 in passing yards with 996 and has thrown some outstanding big plays this year:
Passing Leaders Yards 5. Baker Mayfield 996 Yds, 8 TD, 3 INT http://t.co/b6vRxsN6wV— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 17, 2013
While the Red Raiders should have no issues with or without Mayfield against the Bobcats, the schedule gets much tougher in two weeks thanks to a date with Kansas.
Texas Tech is going to need Mayfield to return to form in a hurry. Now is an opportune time for Mayfield to put it all together and get back on track as one of the nation's top passers.
Which team wins?
The statistics here are funny. Texas Tech averages over 500 yards per game, 400 of those coming through the air. Texas State has the No. 4 defense in terms of points scored, allowing just nine points per contest.
Of course, those two games with impressive defensive showings came against Southern Miss and Prairie View A&M.
Not to discredit the Bobcats because they're a seriously intriguing team on the verge of a special season, but the Red Raiders' offense is too much to contain. Mayfield and Co. will run away with this one at home.
Red Raiders win 42-16
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