The Arizona Wildcats football team faces a tough test at home Saturday against Texas Tech.
Can Kevin Sumlin’s team get the win over the unbeaten Big 12 foe?
Arizona is currently a 2.5 point underdog for the game, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
Whet your appetite for the Texas Tech vs. Arizona game with these early picks and predictions.
Spokesman.com: Arizona 45, Texas Tech 42
Theo Lawson writes: “This matchup has offense written all over it. I’d all but guarantee at least 80 points are scored here, but picking the winner is much more difficult. Texas Tech hasn’t faced a true challenge in Year 1 of the Gary Wells era, so I’ll take Arizona by a field goal.”
Cameron Brock writes: “Texas Tech’s defense may be good, but it hasn’t been tested against a passing offense yet. This is going to be a duel of gunslingers in the desert. Tech’s offense has failed to score as many points as it probably should in each of its first two games, but as mentioned earlier, Arizona is 126th in passing yards allowed. Tech is a Kliff Kingsbury team with Wells running the show. Kevin Sumlin runs the same style of air raid. I don’t think Tech slows down its offense too much just because there is a new coaching staff on the sidelines. There will be points. Both defenses are going to be gasping for air by the end of the night. You have two potential Heisman contenders chunking the ball around. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be wild. Someone will probably come from behind. The insanity will be real. In the end, Tech has the better defense and that is the difference in this ballgame.”
Fansided: Texas Tech 56, Arizona 45
Eric Townsend writes: “I do think this one becomes a shoot out, but ultimately the Red Raiders cover the spread in this one. They have too many weapons offensively, and with the struggles we’ve had on defense, I think Texas Tech takes advantage of that. The lack of a consistent pass rush will prove too costly, as Bowman is able to put together a big day for the Raiders en route to the road win.”
Kerry Miller writes: “In terms of total offense, No. 6 (629.5 yards per game) hosts No. 9 (557.5 yards per game) in a nightcap bound to be filled with fireworks. Arizona has also allowed more than 40 points in each of its first two contests, which is about on par with what its defense has been doing for a half-decade. The Red Raiders will probably get the road win, and the over (76) will cash before the end of the third quarter.”