Texas State vs. Texas Tech: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

Sep 12, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (21) rushes against the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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

Television: Local

Live Stream: ESPN3

DALLAS, TX - AUGUST 30: Bradley Marquez #4 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Southern Methodist Mustangs on August 30, 2013 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images
Cooper Neill/Getty Images

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 BrewerQB09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas StateQuestionableback
Baker MayfieldQB09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas StateQuestionableleg
Tony MoralesG09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas StateQuestionableshoulder
 

 

Can Baker Mayfield Bounce Back?

Sep 12, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) calls signals against the TCU Horned Frogs in the first quarter at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

 

Prediction

Aug 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Texas Tech won 41-23. Mandatory Credit
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

Final Score 

Red Raiders win 42-16

 

 

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