Tarleton State Texans (0-0) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-2)
Tarleton State Texans vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 9/16/23 – As we approach Week 3 of the college football season, an intriguing matchup awaits us on Saturday, September 16, 2023. The undefeated Tarleton State Texans will be going up against the winless Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7:00 PM ET. The venue for this showdown is Jones AT&T Stadium, and the game will be broadcast on ESP+.
The Texans have come out of the gates strong, and they’re in a prime position to build upon their early momentum. Running back Derrel Kelley III and wide receiver Keylan Johnson have been crucial in powering Tarleton State’s offense. Kelley has accumulated 192 rushing yards on 29 attempts, along with 2 rushing touchdowns. Johnson has displayed big-play capability, averaging an astounding 36.4 yards per reception with 4 receiving touchdowns.
Texas Tech is desperate for a turnaround after a 0-2 start. A lot will depend on running back Tahj Brooks and wide receiver Jerand Bradley if the Red Raiders hope to notch their first win. Brooks has averaged a solid 6.2 yards per rush attempt, and Bradley has notched 13 receptions for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Tarleton State Texans vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 7:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Jones AT&T Stadium|
Victor Gabalis QB vs. Tyler Shough QB
Victor Gabalis has been the engine that makes the Tarleton State offense go. With 645 passing yards, a completion rate of 58.9%, and 7 touchdowns against just 3 interceptions, he’s exhibited exceptional decision-making and arm talent. Gabalis’ ability to connect deep with an 11.5 yards-per-attempt average shows he’s not afraid to take chances. His pocket presence is something to watch; however, he has been sacked twice this season.
Tyler Shough, on the other hand, is looking to shake off a rocky start for the Red Raiders. His 620 passing yards and 6 touchdowns are noteworthy, but the 4 interceptions have been costly. Shough’s completion rate of 64.7% indicates a certain level of efficiency, but the 7 sacks he’s taken reveal vulnerabilities when faced with pressure.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Tarleton State Texans ML, Total Odds: –
There are no established odds for this game yet, which is somewhat surprising. However, based on team performances, it might be a close call with both teams showing strength in different areas. It would not be a shock to see the odds come out quite evenly matched, given Tarleton State’s strong start and Texas Tech’s home-field advantage. Bettors should keep a close eye on the odds as they become available, as early market movements could give a telling insight into how this game is expected to unfold. Moreover, the absence of odds might indicate that sportsbooks themselves are uncertain about how these teams will perform, making for an unpredictable and potentially lucrative betting opportunity.
Tarleton State Texans Betting Trends
Tarleton State is on a hot streak, going 2-0 in their last five games both straight up and against the spread. They have also been road warriors, covering the spread in their lone away game. Recent matches suggest that the offense has been firing on all cylinders, with the totals going over in their last two games.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Trends
The Red Raiders have been struggling, losing their last two games both outright and against the spread. Their performance on the road has also been lackluster, failing to cover the spread in their only away game. The over/under trends are mixed, with totals going over in one of their last two games but staying under in their last home game.
Tarleton State Texans vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Tarleton State is the stronger team on paper, but Texas Tech will be hungry for a win, especially at home. If you’re considering a prop bet, Tarleton State QB Victor Gabalis to throw multiple touchdowns might be a solid choice. It’s tough to recommend an over/under given the teams’ contrasting styles, but with both squads boasting potent offenses, the over might be tempting.
With both teams looking to prove something, expect an intense, high-scoring affair. Ultimately, Tarleton State’s balanced offense and better recent form should help them edge out a win against a Texas Tech team still finding its footing. For more insights and potential betting opportunities, you can also explore some free expert sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Tarleton State 35, Texas Tech 31.