Our game by game season preview of Texas Tech carries on, as they return home to face Kansas State.
Last season, Kansas State got the better of Texas Tech in Manhattan, and they did so in typical Kansas State fashion. The Wildcats scored on a kickoff return and a pick six, clawing their way to a 44-38 victory despite being heavily out-gained by the Red Raider offense.
Relatively speaking, the Texas Tech defense held up relatively well and probably did enough to win the game. In 2017, Texas Tech should again have more firepower and weapons on offense than Kansas State. Guys like Keke Coutee and Derrick Willies at wide receiver should present serious problems for K-State.
But Bill Snyder and K-State have made a living by winning without the talent enjoyed by other programs in the Big 12. Quarterback Jesse Ertz showed significant improvement towards the end of last season and seems primed to lead Kansas State to new heights. Many have speculated that the Wildcats could be a dark horse conference championship contender.
This will be a tough game for Texas Tech, but appearing to be the more talented team on paper and with home field advantage, they certainly have a chance. The Red Raiders should be motivated to keep their season alive if our predictions to this point in the season hold true.
Assuming the Texas Tech defense is even slightly improved since 2016, and considering Kansas State doesn’t seem to have tons of depth and talent on offense, the Red Raiders are primed for their most significant victory to this point in 2017.