Itching to crack the nation’s Top 25, the Texas Tech Red Raiders gun for their third straight victory on Thursday night as they host the No. 24 ranked TCU Horned Frogs at Jones AT&T Stadium.
In their two victories, Kliff Kingsbury’s squad tallied 102 points, including a 61-13 blowout of Stephen F. Austin last week. Freshman walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, and junior Kenny Williams accounted for another two rushing scores, as Tech raced to a 45-7 halftime lead.
Red Raider junior tight end Jace Amaro had eight receptions for 142 yards and a score, as the offense accumulated 731 total yards. While it's early in the season, Mayfield and Tech boast the second best passing game in the country heading into Thursday's showdown.
Despite the thumping of Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech turned the ball over four times, which included two interceptions from freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb in the second half. The Red Raiders will likely do a better job of protecting the football against TCU.
Led by linebackers Will Smith and Micah Awe along with senior defensive back Tre’ Porter, the Red Raider defense did their part by holding SFA to five third-down conversions and 69 rushing yards. They may need just as dominate a defensive performance if they hope to contain a Horned Frogs squad that rebounded off a season-opener loss to LSU.
Dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin tossed two touchdowns, and running backs B.J. Catalon and Waymon James accounted for 108 of TCU’s 169 rushing yards in the 38-17 win over Southeastern Louisiana.
That same corps came within three points of LSU on Aug. 31, but the Horned Frogs defense couldn’t stop a Tigers surge late in the fourth quarter. Last season, TCU had the best defense in the Big-12, led by defensive end Devonte Fields, who is scheduled to play against Tech despite a suspension.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by ESPN, or watch a live online stream at Watch ESPN here.
Betting Odds: TCU favored by 3.5 points.
Over/Under: 63.5 points
Prediction: TCU 30, Texas Tech 27