Kansas State University

Kansas State at Texas Tech

What's at stake

In a way, K-State is looking to validate itself in Lubbock. The Wildcats' defense is statistically the 16th-best in the country, but it has yet to go up against an offensive power. And QB Grant Gregory is coming off the game of his life, but can he do it twice? Against Texas Tech, questions will be answered.

Cheers if...

K-State can come through with a touchdown or two on special teams or defense. Scores like that could go a long way in closing the gap on the 17-point favorite Red Raiders.

Jeers if...

K-State doesn't come up with a way to pressure Texas Tech's quarterback. Whether it's starter Taylor Potts or backup Steven Sheffield out there, they will rip any defense to shreds if given time.

Three things about Texas Tech

1. The Red Raiders average 38.6 points.

2. Coach Mike Leach has had quite the feud with Twitter this year. After reportedly being criticized by some of his players on the social networking site, he banned everyone on his roster from using it.

3. Texas Tech has won 11 straight home games. The school record is 12.

Key matchup

Daniel Thomas vs. Texas Tech's run defense. The Red Raiders are going to score. That's a given. What K-State needs to have a chance in this one is for Thomas to run wild and eat up as much clock as possible to keep Tech's offense off the field.

Kellis Robinett's pick: Texas Tech, 40-21

K-State players think it will take more than 30 points to beat Texas Tech. It will take an outstanding defensive effort to keep the Red Raiders below that number and even then, that's a big number to ask from K-State's offense. The Wildcats simply don't have that much firepower.