2011 College Football Preview | Texas AM vs Texas Tech

Texas AM vs Texas Tech

The No. 25 Texas A&M Aggies will try to avoid another meltdown when they visit the undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders who are trying to move into the top 25 rankings for the first time this season.
Aggies v Red Raiders

Venue/Stadium: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas
Time/Date: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 8, 2011
NFL Odds From: Betonline.com
Spread (ATS): Texas A&M -9
Over/Under: 70.5

Then-No. 13 Texas A&M let a big halftime lead slip away for the second consecutive week as No. 18 Arkansas rallied for a 42-38 win Saturday in Arlington, Texas. This after wasting a 20-3 lead against Oklahoma State just one week before.

Arkansas narrowed the deficit 35-17 in the first half and then began chipping away, scoring 18 unanswered points to tie the game in the fourth quarter, before driving 80 yards on nine plays to score the game-winning touchdown with 1:41 remaining.

The Texas A&M defense gave up just 71 yards on the ground, but the secondary was embarrassed, allowing Razorbacks’ quarterback Tyler Wilson to set a school record with 509 passing yards. He completed 30-of-51 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the second straight week an opposing quarterback set a school record for passing yards against Texas A&M.

Meanwhile, the Aggies up-tempo, no-huddle offense performed as usual during the first half as they scored rushing touchdowns on five of their first eight possessions and finished with 628 yards of offense, led by Christine Michael’s 230 yards on 32 carries However, Randy Bullock’s 23-yard field goal with just over four minutes remaining was the Aggies’ only score of the second half.

As for the Red Raiders, unlike the Aggies, they were on the opposite side of a 20-point rally that included four consecutive scores that pushed the visitors aheadmidway through the second quarter, as quarterback Seth Doege threw three touchdown passes and Texas Tech came out on top of a 45-34 shootout over Kansas on Saturday to open Big 12 conference play.

Eric Stephens added two touchdown runs for the Red Raiders who record their seventh straight win dating back to last season.

The Raiders’ defense held the Jayhawks (2-2) to just seven points in the fourth quarter, but gave up 478 total yards to so-so Kansas offense.

It was the second time Texas Tech rallied for a win, following a come-from-behind victory a week earlier in their 35-34 win over Nevada.

Doege was the hero of that game as well, after connecting with Eric Ward on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left in the game.

Once again the defense was shaky, allowing the Wolf Pack to roll up 562 yards of offense.

Matt’s Prediction: Texas Tech 45, Texas A&M 35–
Although I am not totally sold on the Red Raiders here, there’s no way I’m going to take an unpredictable Aggies team by seven points. I think there’s a great chance Texas Tech wins and covers in this one at home.

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Matthew Martz

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