Given that Week 2 following the greatest opening weekend ever is pretty bad overall, this late-night #Paction game might actually be entertaining. Both teams started off 2016 on the right foot -- Kliff Kingsbury and Co. beat Stephen F. Austin last week, and Arizona State got a victory over Northern Arizona.
Tech's Air Raid offense put up a whopping 758 yards during its 69-17 victory last week, but the defense still allowed 370 total yards. The Sun Devils offense is led by quarterback Manny Wilkins, who showcased his dual threat ability last week, throwing for 180 yards and rushing for 89 yards and a score.
Saturday will mark the third all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Arizona State. The two schools have split the previous meetings with Arizona State defeating Tech, 31-13, to open the 1999 season before the Red Raiders responded with a 37-23 victory in the 2013 Holiday Bowl.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. Joe Davis will be on the call alongside analyst Brady Quinn with Jenny Taft on the sidelines.
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Arizona State is just a 5-point favorite currently.
Three big things to know
1. If Texas Tech wants to compete for a postseason game, this matchup is crucial. Note how I said "game," not necessarily bowl. No, I'm not saying "Tech will go to the playoff!" but given that the Big 12 favorite Oklahoma got beat down by Houston, and Texas upset no. 10 Notre Dame in double overtime, the Big 12 race looks pretty open. Regardless, winning a late-night game against a Pac-12 team during Week 2 will undoubtedly boost the Red Raiders' resume.
2. Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a nightmare to defend. Last week, the junior completed 70 percent of his passes while tossing four touchdowns and racking up 483 passing yards. Oh, and he only played about a half. Mahomes had over 4,000 yards in the air a year ago, so he can undoubtedly sling it. The Sun Devils' secondary lost some key members, but gaining JUCO transfers like J'Marcus Rhodes and Bryson Echols should help fill those gaps.
3. Arizona State fares well historically against the Big 12. Arizona State holds a 13-5-0 all-time record vs. current Big 12 teams. It also holds a winning record against each of the eight teams it has played from the conference, with the exception of Texas Tech (tied 1-1) and Texas (0-1).