(The Spread) – Can Texas Tech hang with Oklahoma in a battle of Big 12 teams on Saturday night?

Odds: Oddsmakers have installed Oklahoma as a 28.5-point favorite over Texas Tech, while the over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 70.5 points. The Red Raiders come into this contest with a 4-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark against the spread, while the Sooners are 6-0 overall and 4-2 against the number.

Line Movement: The Sooners opened as a 28-point favorite but with the public seemingly backing one of the top teams in the nation, the spread jumped to 29 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The over/under total has also climbed from 69.5 to 70.5 as kickoff nears.

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Public Betting: Of the 4,400-plus wagers on today’s game, 62% of college football public bettors currently favor Oklahoma. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link provided to ensure that you’re viewing the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

College Football Free Pick: Take the Red Raiders. According to latest college football trends, the Sooners are just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous outing and are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous contest. Texas Tech, meanwhile, is 9-1-1 against the spread in its last 11 games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in its last seven games as a road underdog of 10.5 points or greater. Considering the Red Raiders are likely heading to a bowl, it’s surprising to see Tech as a four-touchdown underdog. While the Raiders can’t stop anyone defensively, they usually score enough points offensively to keep things close.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 UNDERDOG PICK OF THE WEEK: TEXAS TECH +28.5

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