The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.10.02

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Ran out of time this morning, so it’s just links for the most part.

 Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams: Tech football notebook: Red Raiders try to avoid bite of KSU return game

 Dallas Morning News’ Brice Paterik: Texas Tech prediction: Can the Red Raiders end their long losing streak in Manhattan?

 AthlonSports’ J.P. Scott: Texas Tech vs. Kansas State Football Prediction and Preview

This game could go either way, but I’m leaning toward the team that is better at controlling tempo and taking care of the football — Kansas State. I believe you’ll see Wildcats running back Harry Trotter and diminutive (5-5) dynamo Deuce Vaughn get more carries in this game compared to the first two. That will draw the Texas Tech defense closer to the line to try and stop the run. When that happens, Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thompson can then take advantage of play fakes and do damage through the air. The Kansas State defense will be playing with a lot of confidence after shutting out the Oklahoma offense in the fourth quarter last weekend. Look for that momentum to carry over into this matchup. Prediction: Kansas State 33, Texas Tech 24

  USA Today SportsBook: Texas Tech at Kansas State odds, picks and best bets

Prediction

Texas Tech 45, Kansas State 38

Money line (ML)

The Red Raiders’ high-powered offense will catch the Wildcats on a letdown after KSU’s surprise win over Oklahoma. Take TEXAS TECH +115 for the upset.

Against the spread (ATS)

Both teams are 1-1 ATS this season. Texas Tech covered the one game in which it was the underdog. K-State failed to cover its one game as a favorite. Take TEXAS TECH +3 (-110).

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