The Texas Tech Red Raiders will go for their first 3-0 start since 2017 when they host the FIU Panthers (1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders escaped with a narrow win over FCS school Stephen F. Austin last week, while FIU suffered a defeat at the hands of Texas State. The Panthers will be looking to do what nearly all other Conference USA teams have been unable to do, and that's beat the Red Raiders. Texas Tech holds a 14-1 all-time record against C-USA teams with the only loss coming to Houston in 2009.
These teams have faced off once before in which Texas Tech bludgeoned FIU by a 56-3 score in 2005. For Saturday, the Red Raiders are favored by 20 points in the latest Texas Tech vs. FIU odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 54. Before locking in any FIU vs. Texas Tech picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Texas Tech vs. Florida International and just revealed its college football picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see its picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Florida International vs. Texas Tech:
- Texas Tech vs. FIU spread: Texas Tech -20
- Texas Tech vs. FIU over-under: 54 points
- Texas Tech vs. FIU moneyline: Texas Tech -1600, FIU +850
- TTU: Undefeated since 2018 as home favorite (3-1-3 against the spread)
- FIU: 1-9 overall, 4-6 ATS as road underdog under Butch Davis
What you need to know about FIU
Few teams in the nation boast the experience that FIU has at key positions. They are coached by Butch Davis, who won a pair of Super Bowls as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys and also had a four-year stint as the head coach of the Browns. Quarterback Max Bortenschlager is the rare sixth-year senior and has thrown for two touchdowns in back-to-back games. And RB D'Vonte Price is a fifth-year senior who ranks among the top 10 in FBS in both rushing yards (276) and yards per carry (9.9).
The Panthers also have a much improved defensive unit after allowing 32.4 points per game last year on the way to an 0-5 record. They've allowed just three touchdowns in regulation so far thanks to holding opposing QBs to a 54.8 completion percentage and opposing running backs to only 3.5 yards per carry. Three costly turnovers in Week 2 versus Texas State are the only things keeping the Panthers from entering Saturday's game undefeated.
What you need to know about Texas Tech
The days of gashing the Red Raiders on the ground may be over. This season, the Tech defensive front-seven has allowed just 1.7 yards per carry on the ground, and an average of just 54.5 yards per game. On offense, sophomore running back Tahj Brooks has been carrying the load, and nearly mirrors Price's production.
Brooks has averaged 9.6 yards per attempt so far this season, and has four touchdowns of his own. Teams haven't been able to beat Tech's pass coverage over the top this season, either, which could make things difficult for Bortenschlager, who keeps his eyes downfield. The Red Raiders have been the 18th-best defense on third downs in the country to start the year, but FIU has only allowed one sack in two games.
How to make Texas Tech vs. FIU picks
The model has simulated Texas Tech vs. FIU 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning over on the point total, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Texas Tech vs. FIU pick at SportsLine.
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