Somebody gets to put a run of frustrating losses behind them today.
Your Kansas State Wildcats (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) travel to the flatlands of the Llano Estacado to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-6, 2-5 Big 12). Both teams are looking to right the ship as the season nears its close: K-State to improve its bowl destination, and Texas Tech to keep its hopes alive for the postseason. For K-State, 8-4 would feel a lot better than 7-5 or 6-6, and for Texas Tech, even a mediocre bowl game feels a lot better than staying home for the holidays.
The Wildcats are coming off a pair of losses that were tough to swallow in back-to-back weeks, losing at Texas 27-24 two weeks ago and vs. West Virginia 24-20 last week.
Meanwhile, the Red Raiders have lost four of their last five games, including a 33-31 loss to TCU last week. Three of those four losses were by a field goal or less.
A year ago, also in the penultimate game of the season, Kansas State posted its best defensive performance of the season as they held Texas Tech to less than 200 total yards and six points in a 21-6 victory.
K-State holds a narrow 10-9 lead in the all time series, including 10-6 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats have dominated the series, 8-1, since the Big 12 moved to a round robin format (or since the mutiny that left the Dread Pirate Leach marooned, depending on your perspective).
The odds on the game have bounced around a little bit, but they have settled with Texas Tech as a 2.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 55.5. That projects out to a 29-26.5 Red Raider victory.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CST Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium, capacity 60,454, in Lubbock, Texas. Today’s high temperature in Lubbock is supposed to be 62, so expect a cool night by the time the game starts.
Tickets are available in blocks as large as 14 for just $11 at the site linked by K-State, but lower level tickets are only available in one corner of the stadium for $43 and up.
FS1, available as part of most standard cable and satellite packages, will carry the game on television, with Kansas native Aaron Goldsmith on play-by-play and former Wildcat Ben Leber as analyst for the action.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) will call the game for the K-State Sports Network on the radio. In addition to terrestrial radio, the game will be carried on Sirius channel 211, XM Channel 382, and the TuneIn app.
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