The Texas Tech Red Raiders are preparing for their first Big XII road test of the season, as they take on the (2-2) Kansas State Wildcats.
The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in total defense in the Big XII. So here are my 3 keys to victory for Texas Tech to beat Kansas State this Saturday.
Play Defense: First the first time in a long time the Texas Tech defense played well. Last week against Kansas, they held a struggling Jayhawk offense to 297 yards and 19-points. Now if they want to win this week, they will have to do something similar. They are facing a Kansas State team that averages 31.8 points per-game, and that likes to run the football. Kansas State averages 178-yards on the ground per-game, and we all know they are going to try boost that average this week against Tech. So the Red Raiders have to be prepared for the run, and they have had plenty of time (10-days) to get ready for it.
Offensive Line has to step up: There is always one key that sticks out to me, and this week it is this one. This will be the one of the toughest tests all season for the offensive line. Coming into this game, the Kansas State defense is ranked #1 in total defense in the Big XII. As well as the #4 total defense in the entire country, so this Wildcat defense knows how to get the opposing offense off of the field. Plus, we aren't sure just yet if Patrick Mahomes or Nic Shimonek will get the start this Saturday. So the offensive line will be vital to the success this week against Kansas State.
Play Penalty free: I know, to play a full game penalty free would be tough. But if they want to win this week against Kansas State, they are going to have to try. Get this, coming into this game Texas Tech has had 39-penalties for a total of 301-yards. That averages to almost 10-penalties a game, and 75-yards. So if Texas Tech wants to beat Kansas State, they can't afford those costly penalties. Because we all know that Bill Snyder, and the Kansas State Wildcats will be disciplined and well coached.
Final Thoughts: Texas Tech is (9-7) all-time, when they face off against the Kansas State Wildcats. But this is where things get bad, they are (2-4) all-time when they play in Manhattan, Kansas. Now the last time Texas Tech went into the "Little Apple" and won, was back in 2008. So if Texas Tech can do these 3-keys, I'd look for them to return to Lubbock (2-0) in Big XII Conference play.
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