Per request I took a look at how Texas Tech could attack Kansas State's defense this week.
The Red Raiders haven't fared well offensively or otherwise against Kansas State under Kliff Kingsbury losing the two previous matchups by a combined 55 points.
That being said the Wildcats are coming off a five-game losing streak for a reason and a porous defense is a major reason why. Specifically, Kansas State's pass defense which is giving up 288.4 yards per contest which ranks No. 118 in the country.
In the Wildcats' scheme they try to really protect the middle of the field and force teams to beat them with precision passing on the outside, on the boundary such as both Baylor and TCU did earlier in the season. Now, every Red Raider fan worth his salt knows the outside receivers have struggled recently, but if guys like Devin Lauderdale, Reginald Davis, Tony Brown and Keke Coutee can step up this week they play the hero role because opportunities will be there.
If at least a couple of them do then expect Patrick Mahomes and potent Tech passing attack to shred Kansas State this week.
The Kansas State defense is led by its two primary linebackers Elijah Lee and Will Davis. They are both very good players and a major reason why the Wildcats are allowing less than four yards per rush this season. That being said, there are some things Kingsbury and the offense can do to scheme their way to success.
Going back to the game against TCU, notice how motion with Turpin, think Jakeem or Stockton here, widens out linebacker Will Davis enough for Aaron Green to slide by and off to the races.
I also think there will be a tremendous opportunity for Mahomes to scramble this week. Once again looking at the TCU game, notice how much success Trevone Boykin had as a runner against the Wildcats. I especially liked this this simple read-option play which fooled both Lee and Davis and allowed Boykin to take it to the house. Mahomes doesn't have the top end speed Boykin does, but he accelerates fast and is very shifty. He should rush for 50-plus yards for sure.
If Tech does get the run game going then the play action game should be fantastic as both TCU and Baylor were able to force the Wildcats to drop a safety in the box, something they rarely do, which gave them one-on-one matchups for their receivers. Look for at least one or two explosive plays off play action this week from the Red Raiders.