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K-State Wildcats football vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders: Prediction, kickoff time, TV

Five Things to Know: Texas Tech v. K-State

Here are five things to know before the Kansas State Wildcats take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
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Here are five things to know before the Kansas State Wildcats take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The details

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan

TV: ESPNU

Radio: KQAM (1480 AM) in Wichita, KCSP (610 AM) in Kansas City.

Line: Texas Tech by 6 1/2

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Prediction

Kansas State hasn’t allowed a visiting team to score 20 points in four straight home games at Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats may need to keep that streak alive to have a chance against Texas Tech.

This game needs to be played in the 20s, and ideally the teens, for K-State to build on its recent victory over Kansas.

The Red Raiders have one of the nation’s most explosive offenses. If they approach their normal production (41.8 points, 529.4 yards per game) the Wildcats simply won’t be able to keep up.

K-State appears to catch a break going against Texas Tech backup quarterback Jett Duffey instead of starter Alan Bowman. Then again, he threw for 444 yards and four touchdowns last week against Texas.

Skylar Thompson may return at quarterback this weekend, which could help K-State’s sputtering offense. Even so, this is a unit that hasn’t looked good since the second half of a 31-12 win against Oklahoma State on Oct. 13. The Wildcats have mustered just 301 yards in each of their past two games.

Bill Snyder is 4-1 against Kliff Kingsbury, and the Wildcats should once again enjoy a coaching advantage in this matchup. But the Red Raiders have the better team.

Texas Tech 31, K-State 21

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