Staff Picks: Texas Tech


Jacob RIce

O’Rien Vance tackles West Virginia quarterback JT Daniels on Nov. 5

Andrew Harrington, Sports Editor (5-5)
Texas Tech 22, Iowa State 17

A chance to clinch the staff picks title is on the line. This is one of the two matchups in Big 12 play that I would say Iowa State is better than.

With that being said, I have a feeling my competitors are going to pick Iowa State, so I am going to clinch the title, using the final week to celebrate my victory.

Texas Tech plays as up-tempo as any team in the country, which likely will not cause many problems for the Cyclone defense, but we will see. The Cyclone offense, on the other hand, has had its fair share of struggles.

With sloppy winter weather expected, it is anybody’s game in Ames Saturday.

Hailey Dohnal, Assistant Sports Editor (4-6)
Iowa State 14, Texas Tech 10

As with Iowa State, Texas Tech has kept it fairly close with the teams it has played this season. The Red Raiders are riding in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 standings with a 5-5 record but only have two more conference wins than the Cyclones.

Although they are coming off a big win against Kansas, Texas Tech is 0-4 in away games, giving the Cyclones a little more of an advantage to win.

It seems every game has looked about the same for Iowa State, with small mistakes costing them the game.

While Matt Campbell has talked about the reflection he and the team will do when the season is over, bowl game potential is still there even with a 5-7 record.

So, as always, I’m riding with Iowa State and pushing for them to grab their fifth win.

The game will bring lots of excitement with it being a night game at Jack Trice, but I can see it being a low-scoring game and Iowa State coming away with a win.

Christian Royston, Sports Reporter (4-6)
Iowa State 17, Texas Tech 10

Now I know I said a few weeks ago that Oklahoma was a must-win game, but this Saturday will actually be a must-win game.

If the Cyclones want the season to continue, hitting the five-win mark will be the bare minimum. With 23 other teams fighting for the final 17 bowl-game spots, Iowa State has to come out of Saturday victorious, and it knows that.

Texas Tech seems to be one of the most beatable Big 12 teams in Iowa State’s way. The Red Raiders may be coming off a win against a surprising Kansas team, but now they have to play on the road.

With a night game looming in Ames, the cold atmosphere should play into the outcome of the game. Although I expect it to be a rough game for both offenses, I think Iowa State’s defense will pull out a much-needed win.

Shreya Varrier, Diversity Editor
Iowa State 20, Texas Tech 17

Honestly, I don’t watch or know a lot about football. But, seeing as Iowa State has won one of the last two games they played, I think the Cyclones have the momentum to win.

With Texas Tech not performing well at away games and Iowa State winning the majority of the games they have played against Texas Tech the past few years, it seems like the Cyclones have an advantage.

I expect that the cold weather and the fact that it’s a night game will impact the performance of both teams. Paired with Iowa State’s performance this season, I think the game will be a close one, with the Cyclones winning by a small margin.