Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech: Sooners a Lock to Earn First Big 12 Win at Red Raiders

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 08:   Quarterback Landry Jones #12 and quarterback Drew Allen #15 of the Oklahoma Sooners take the field before the game against the Florida A&M Rattlers on September 8, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma won 69-13. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners (2-1) have an opportunity to avenge a 41-38 loss last season to the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The Sooners enter the matchup fresh off a loss to No. 15 Kansas State that saw Oklahoma unable to jumpstart its No. 26-ranked rushing attack, as they ran for a mere 88 yards last week.

Texas Tech, on the other hand, is coming off a 24-13 victory against Iowa State, where senior QB Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite the Red Raiders owning the No. 7-ranked passing attack in college football, I still like the Sooners' chances to improve to 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

After fumbling inside his own 5-yard line and throwing a pick on another drive in the loss at Kansas State, I'm looking for senior QB Landry Jones to have a bounce-back performance at Texas Tech, and as Oklahoma's official twitter account tweets, he'll have some added motivation:

Landry Jones seeking to become only 4th #Big12 QB to register 10,000 pass yds & 100 TD passes. Has 12,837 yards & 98 TDs. #BeatTech

— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 5, 2012

Another reason I like the Sooners in this game is because they have never lost back-to-back games while Bob Stoops has been at the helm and I'm sure Oklahoma players don't want to feel the wrath of Stoops if that does happen on Saturday.

Oklahoma's defense should be better suited to contain Doege in 2012, as opposed to last season when he tore the Sooners' D apart for three touchdowns in the first half while on his way to a 441-yard day.

On the offensive side of the ball, the rushing game is the key for Oklahoma. Damien Williams and Dominique Whaley need to have outstanding performances on Saturday after combining for a mere 85 yards and zero touchdowns on 19 touches.

If Williams and Whaley get into a groove, it'll open up big opportunities for Jones and junior wideout Kenny Stills in the passing game, thus making Oklahoma a lock to earn its third victory this season.


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