Sep 7, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Ty Zimmerman (12) is congratulated by teammate Randall Evans (15) following an interception return for a touchdown against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kansas State won the game 48-27. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Wildcats to Try for Upset at Texas Tech



Time: 11 a.m.


Radio: 810 AM WHB

History: Texas Tech leads the series 8-5

Line: Texas Tech, -3



1. Secondary

David Webb and the Red Raiders are going to air it out, that’s just what they do. It is going to be up to K-State’s secondary to keep the big plays to a minimum.

2. Turnovers

Saturday will feature the two worst turnover teams in the Big 12 when it comes to giving the ball away and taking the ball away. Tech has turned the ball over 22 times in nine games and have not shown any signs of rectifying that problem of late. K-State has to win the turnover battle if they want to beat Tech on the road.

3. Running Game

Tech allowed 281 rushing yards to Oklahoma State last week with quarterback Clint Chelf racking up 88 yards on only six carries. Big plays are available in the running game if K-State decides to commit to it.


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1. Points, Points, Points

Kliff Kingsbury’s offense is averaging 39.1 points a game even though they are turning the ball over almost three times per game. Limiting their passing game, which ranks ahead of Baylor’s in Big 12 play, is going to be a challenge for K-State.

2. Red Zone

While Tech moves quickly offensively, they are not necessarily a big play offense. Tech is first in Big 12 play in red zone appearances with 36 in six games. When there they’ve scored 19 touchdowns and kicked 11 field goals.

Defensively, Tech ranks next to last in scoring percentage at 91.3 percent.

3. Run Game

Defending the run is not something K-State is going to have to worry about often on Saturday as the Red Raiders are last in rushing attempts. At 3.6 yards per carry, they are not much of a threat even when they do decide to run.


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