Texas Tech is continuing their season after a long bye week with the Arizona State Sun Devils, who will undoubtedly try to continue their ground-based attack on the Red Raiders from last year’s matchup.
Kalen Ballage scored eight touchdowns on the Red Raiders at home a year ago en route to a 68-55 victory that felt like it would never end. The game featured seven lead changes, and in the Arizona heat, the Red Raiders seemed to melt in the second half as Ballage and the Sun Devils scored almost at will.
This might be a different Texas Tech team, though. The Red Raiders might have a better hold on the defensive side of the ball than last year, and if they can get some key stops, they should be able to pull out a big home victory.
Texas Tech vs. Arizona State game time, details
Date: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 7:00 PM Central Time
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock
Weather: High of 88 degrees, partially cloudy
Line: No line is available for this game yet
What TV Channel is Texas Tech vs. Arizona State on?
Texas Tech vs. Arizona State will be broadcast on FSN.
How can I watch Texas Tech vs. Arizona State online?
You can watch Texas Tech vs. Arizona State with the Fox Sports Go app.
How can I listen to the Texas Tech vs. Arizona State game on the radio?
You can check in on the Red Raiders on the Red Raider Sports Network on tunein.com. You can also listen to Double T 97.3.
Texas Tech vs. Arizona State preview, keys to the game
- You have to keep Nic Shimonek’s jersey clean. That means you have to have great pass protection, and allow him to get the football to your playmakers in space. Derrick Willies and Keke Coutee had a great first game, now we get to see what they can do against an FBS school. The Texas Tech running game will be of importance as well, but in order for the Air Raid to function, you have to protect the quarterback well.
- Contain the quarterback. Kalen Ballage is going to rack up some yards and score some points, but Texas Tech cannot allow Manny Wilkins to beat them with his legs. If they can make the Arizona State signal caller one-dimensional, it will open up a whole new world on the defensive side of the ball. With Texas Tech, you don’t have to be great on defense, just good, and if the Red Raider defense is good enough, they’ll come out with a win.
- Don’t put too much stock into Arizona State’s early troubles or Texas Tech’s early success. It can be very easy to look at the press clippings and performances against weak teams and think that Texas Tech should win this easily. That shouldn’t be the mindset of the Red Raiders, and if it is, they’ll end up exactly like they did last year. It’s easy to not prepare for a team and then melt in the September heat.