Klein & Wildcats Meet Doege, Red Raiders In Big 12 Tilt

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Texas Tech Red Raiders at Kansas State Wildcats College Football Betting Preview
10/27/2012, 3:30 p.m. (ET) FOX
Opening Lines: Kansas St. -8, O/U 62½
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Texas Tech Red Raiders: Tommy Tuberville and the Red Raiders (6-1 straight up & against the spread) have definitely become a favorite for fans and bettors this season. A week after he and his Raiders defense showed up Geno Smith and West Virginia, Seth Doege filled up the boxscore in a 7-TD passing performance in a 56-53 triple-overtime win at TCU last Saturday.  Doege has now rebounded nicely from a 3-INT performance in Tech's only loss to Oklahoma, throwing 13 touchdowns and just one pick the past two weeks. In a conference that boasts some of the very best quarterbacks in college football, Doege has the most TD passes (28) and is fifth nationally with a rating near 170.  The defense that allowed just 43 points in its first four games combined has been exposed a bit in the loss three weeks ago to Oklahoma and last Saturday's 3OT win at Texas Christian. This is the fourth consecutive ranked opponent on Tech's slate following OU, WVU and TCU, with current No. 25 Texas on deck next week in Lubbock.

Kansas State Wildcats: Collin Klein smoked Geno Smith and the Mountaineers last Saturday night to keep Kansas State (7-0 SU, 5-1-1 ATS) unbeaten and on the Big 12 fast-track to a BCS bowl.  The victory suddenly has Klein a serious part of the Heisman Trophy discussion along with WVU's Smith.  Klein began the season as a 50/1 long shot, but is now listed at 10/1 at many outlets thanks to 14 rushing touchdowns and 10 more through the air against just two picks.  The Wildcats defense certainly rose to the challenge against Smith and the Mountaineers, forcing his first two interceptions of the season and holding the WVU offense to under half of its offensive average (500.7 ypg).  Klein scored four times (3 rushing) in Kansas State's 41-34 win over Tech in Lubbock a year ago to snap a streak of five consecutive wins and covers for the Red Raiders in the series.  The Wildcats have beaten the spread just one time in Texas Tech's last seven visits to Manhattan, and the last four in his rivalry have gone 'over' the total.

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