Monday, Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m. ET
Texas Tech is in jeopardy of losing six straight games after starting the season 7-0. Beating a ranked opponent in the Arizona State Sun Devils, who were one win away from playing for the Rose Bowl, would be a nice way to stop the bleeding.
For the Red Raiders, that starts with stopping the run. Sun Devils running back Marion Grice has been nursing a lower leg injury, and frankly, Texas Tech needs all the help it can get.
Even though quarterback Baker Mayfield is transferring, Texas Tech will still have its best offensive weapon: tight end Jace Amaro. As long as he and receiver Eric Ward get plenty of touches, the Red Raiders should be able to put up some points. The question will be whether the defense can get enough stops and/or force turnovers.
The Sun Devils struggled mightily against Stanford, a physical and downhill running team. That's not Texas Tech. Arizona State will get it done in San Diego.
Prediction: Arizona State 45, Texas Tech 35