College football gambling expectations have fallen for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they dropped significantly in NCAA football gambling esteem without coach Mike Leach.
The Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX will host the TicketCity Bowl between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Texas Tech Red Raiders with a start time on noon on January 1 and a telecast on ESPNU. Sports-Gambling opened with TicketCity Bowl odds of Texas Tech as a 9.5 point favorite and with a total of 60.
Northwestern has a record of 7-5 straight up and 3-9 with the NCAA odds while going over the total 8 times. The Wildcats were just 3-5 in Big Ten play to finish in a 7th place tie. Northwestern lost 5 of their final 7 games and blew Big leads against Purdue, Michigan State, and Penn State to prevent a far better record and bowl berth.
The Wildcats will be missing junior quarterback Dan Persa in this one as he is out with an Achilles injury suffered while throwing a winning TD pass against Iowa in the 10th game of the season. Northwestern finished 92nd in the nation for total defense while ranking 74th for scoring offense.
Texas Tech has a record of 7-5 straight up and 5-6-1 with the NCAA football lines as they had an even 6-6 split on over/unders. Coach Tommy Tuberville inherited a talented and experienced roster from the fired Leach but could not take the Raiders to the next level. Defense, the supposed strength of Tuberville, was the problem as Tech finished 112th nationally for total defense while ranking 16th for total offense.
Taylor Potts passed for 3357 yards and a 31/8 TD/INT ratio with a 66% completion rate. The Red Raiders lacked spark for much of the season and their big drop on defense was particularly disturbing after a solid performance last year.
Northwestern has covered just 2 of their last 7 non conference college football gambling matchups and just 1 of their last 6 games versus teams with a winning record. Texas Tech has gotten the money in just 2 of their last 7 neutral site games and in just 1 of their last 5 bowl games.