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Associated Press (AP)- Texas State (2-0) at No. 25 Texas Tech (3-0), 7 p.m. (FSN)
Line: Texas Tech by 26½
Series record: Texas Tech leads 2-0
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Texas State goes for another signature win a year after coach Dennis Franchione led the Bobcats to their first victory over an FBS school since 2000 with a 30-13 victory at Houston. Now they’re gearing up for their first season in the Sun Belt Conference. Texas Tech is going for its 26th consecutive win over a nonconference opponent at home.
Texas State CB Craig Mager vs. Texas Tech WR Jace Amaro. It will be interesting to see if the Bobcats match their best cornerback against the Red Raiders’ leading receiver. Mager had four interceptions last year and started this season by forcing a fumble and returning it 44 yards for a touchdown against Southern Miss. Amaro has 20 catches for 281 yards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Texas State: LB Mike Orakpo. The younger brother of Washington Redskins linebacker and former Texas Longhorn Brian Orakpo leads the Bobcats with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks. The junior transfer from Colorado State has also forced three fumbles in two games.
Texas Tech: QB Baker Mayfield (thigh bruise) is expected to start again after he was injured and Davis Webb came off the bench to throw the winning touchdown pass against TCU last week. Mayfield had big games against SMU and Stephen F. Austin but struggled against the Horned Frogs.
FACTS & FIGURES
Texas Tech beat Texas State 58-10 last season in San Marcos in front of a record crowd of 33,006 at Bobcat Stadium. … The Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005, when they went to the semifinals in the FCS playoffs. … Texas Tech is facing its fourth straight in-state opponent to start the season for the first time since 1962, when the first seven opponents were from Texas. … Texas State coach Dennis Franchione has 199 career victories but is 1-8 against Texas Tech. … Kliff Kingsbury got the Red Raiders into the national rankings faster than any first-year coach in school history. The previous mark was five games under Jim Carlen in 1970.
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