After Arizona lost at Hawaii to open the season, despite closing as a double-digit favorite, there was a collective wonder as to how many other games the Wildcats would be favored in this season.
Turns out Texas Tech won’t be one of them.
The Wildcats are currently 2.5-point underdogs at home for Saturday’s game against the Red Raiders, which if it stays that way will be the ninth time Arizona has been a home dog since the start of the 2017 season. It would be just the second time since 2012 Arizona wasn’t favored at Arizona Stadium against a nonconference opponent, the other instance coming in September 2017 when Houston closed as a 2-point favorite.
Houston won that game, 19-16, though recently Arizona has fared well as a home dog. Dating back the 2016 Territorial Cup, the Wildcats are 6-3 as a home dog with five outright wins (the only loss being last year’s fourth-quarter collapse against ASU).
The over/under for the game is currently at 74.5, and it figures to rise. Arizona has allowed 86 points in its first two games, while scoring 103, and Texas Tech played six games with at least 70 total points scored last season.
Arizona’s last five games, dating back to the Friday night home win over Colorado, have all gone over.