College Football Pick Missouri at Texas Tech 11-6-10

November 3, 2010


#12 Missouri Tigers at Texas Tech Red Raiders

Saturday November 6, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: Missouri -4

Missouri suffered its’ first loss of the season last week at Nebraska 31-17. It was only their second road game of the season and could show that the Tigers underperform away from home. The Red Raiders get to come home after a tough 1-1 road trip. They got thumped last week at Texas A&M 45-27. This is only the 3rd ranked team they have played all year and one of those ranked teams at the time was Texas.

Stats to consider:

Missouri Tigers:

  • The Tigers are 7-1 with a 3-1 Big 12 record.
  • They are 1-1 on the road this season.
  • Points against per game: 15.4 (9th)
  • Points for per game: 32.5 (33rd)
  • Passing yards a game: 275.5 (23rd)
  • Rushing yards a game: 138.9 (83rd)

Texas Tech Red Raiders:

  • Tech is 4-4 with a 2-4 Big 12 record.
  • They are 2-2 home record.
  • Points against per game: 32.6 (98th)
  • Points for per game: 31.9 (35th)
  • Passing yards a game: 316.8 (7th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 116.1 (97th)

What to watch for:

  • Missouri last week allowed Nebraska RB Roy Helu Jr. to run for 307 yards and 3 TDs off 28 carries. Missouri is facing the 97th rush game this week, so expect this Missouri defense to come out and play much better this week vs the poor Raider rush attack.
  • Tiger Junior QB Blaine Gabbert was pressured all day last week, which resulted in his poorest performance all year. Gabbert went 18-42 for 199 yards a TD and an Int.
  • Texas Tech will need a big game out of Senior QB Taylor Potts who has 2,388 yards 21 TDs and only 5 Ints.

Missouri has only given up 20+ points three times all season. This football pick favors the Tigers. Missouri had been playing amazing football previously to last week. They are still in question on the road, but I think they will find a way to get motivated in this one. This game has big time Big 12 implications as this is the toughest game for the Tigers remaining on the schedule.

Free College Football Pick: Missouri -4

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