2013 NCAA football picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free football picks for all of the best games on the schedule. Check out the Texas Tech vs. SMU picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game on August 30th.
NCAA Football Picks: Texas Tech Red Raiders @ SMU Mustangs
Date: Friday, August 30th, 8:00 ET
Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
Week 1 CFB Odds: Texas Tech -4
Texas Tech vs. SMU Live TV Coverage: ESPN
The college football odds, they are definitely sharp in this one. Texas Tech has been coming down all week long, and yet everywhere you look, 55, 60, 65 percent, or even more of the action is on the Red Raiders. Part of the problem that Texas Tech has is that it doesn’t have a single quarterback on the roster that is healthy that has a shred of experience. The man that figured to take over as the pivot this year was QB Michael Brewer, who is having back problems that will keep him out of action in this one. What’s left for Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury are raw freshmen that might have to rotate with a few sets of plays to survive.
More important though, is the meaning of this game for SMU. Forget about the fact that it is a nationally televised game. Forget about the fact that it is the first game for the team in the newly formed American Athletic Association. Forget about the fact that the team hasn’t beaten that many above-.500 teams in the Head Coach June Jones era. This is a squad with a lot of experience, and it is one that has a senior leader at quarterback in QB Garrett Gilbert, who really wants to show the rest of the state of Texas and the rest of the country that he was worth the hype. We saw QB Austyn Carta-Samuels plays well for the Vanderbilt Commodores last night, and we think that we are going to see Gilbert play well in this one. This is a game for the Mustangs to shine, and they’ll come away with an SU victory, helping to save face for the AAC after Thursday’s embarrassment with the Connecticut Huskies losing to the Towson Tigers.
Texas Tech vs. SMU Pick: SMU Mustangs +4
Texas Tech @ SMU Score Prediction: SMU 33 – Texas Tech 28