Texas Tech vs. Cal: Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – December 16, 2023

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 8, 2023

The bookmakers think the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and California Golden Bears will be a relatively tight one, with the Red Raiders favored by 3.5 points. Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana will host the matchup on December 16, 2023, starting at 9:15 PM ET on ESPN. The over/under for the contest is 58 points.

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Texas Tech vs. Cal Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Texas Tech -3.5 -108 -112 58 -112 -108

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Computer Pick

Computer picks for Texas Tech vs Cal
ATS Total Score prediction
Cal (+3.5) Over (58) Texas Tech 31 Cal 29

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Team Stat Comparison

Texas Tech Cal
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 26.8 (70) 31.6 (43)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 27.0 (72) 32.7 (112)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 18 (120) 15 (93)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 12 (71) 17 (13)

Texas Tech vs. Cal Betting Insights

Texas Tech Stats and Trends

  • Texas Tech is 5-7-0 ATS this season.
  • The Red Raiders have covered the spread twice this season (2-2 ATS) when playing as at least 3.5-point favorites.
  • A total of five out of 12 Texas Tech games this season have hit the over.
  • The Raiders 12 games this season have gone over this contest’s total of 58 points six times.
  • Texas Tech’s matchups this year have an average total of 58.5, 0.5 more points than this game’s over/under.

Cal Stats and Trends

  • Cal has put together a 6-6-0 ATS record so far this season.
  • The Golden Bears have been an underdog by 3.5 points or more seven times this year, and covered the spread in three of those contests.
  • Cal games have gone over the point total seven out of 12 times this year.
  • The Bears have combined with their opponents to score more than 58 points in six of 12 games this season.
  • The average over/under for Cal’s outings this season is 54.3, 3.7 fewer points than this game’s total.

Texas Tech Players to Watch

  • Behren Morton has passed for 1,498 yards while completing 61.8% of his throws (155-of-251), with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions (149.8 yards per game).
  • Tahj Brooks has run for a team-high 1,447 yards on 269 attempts (120.6 yards per game) and nine touchdowns.
  • So far this year Cam’Ron Valdez has run for 245 yards on 39 carries (27.2 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
  • Xavier White has 34 catches, leading his team with 495 yards (41.3 ypg) while also scoring one touchdown this season.
  • Jerand Bradley has chipped in with 36 catches for 431 yards and four touchdowns this year. He puts up 39.2 receiving yards per game.
  • Myles Price has 410 receiving yards on 43 receptions, with five touchdowns, averaging 41.0 yards per game.

Cal Players to Watch

  • Fernando Mendoza leads his team with 1,447 passing yards (180.9 per game) and has a 62.4% completion percentage (131-of-210), throwing 13 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
  • Jaydn Ott has taken 229 attempts for a team-leading 1,261 rushing yards (114.6 yards per game) while scoring 11 touchdowns.
  • Isaiah Ifanse has 365 yards on 70 carries (45.6 ypg), with seven rushing touchdowns.
  • Jeremiah Hunter has 59 catches and paces his team with 675 receiving yards (56.3 ypg) while scoring seven touchdowns.
  • Trond Grizzell has chipped in with 510 yards (on 35 catches) and five touchdowns.
  • This season Taj Davis is averaging 35.7 yards per game, with 38 catches for 393 yards and three touchdowns.

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