Undefeated Texas Tech is on the road to face Oklahoma in a Big 12 showdown on Saturday, Oct. 26 at The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The Red Raiders feature one of the nation's top offenses, and they have taken down a few good teams this season. However, this game kicks off the hardest stretch of the year, as Texas Tech will play against Baylor and Oklahoma State in the next few weeks.
The Sooners were shocked by Texas two weekends ago in the Red River Rivalry, but bounced back with a win against Kansas to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Oklahoma easily beat Texas Tech last season, 41-20, and the Red Raiders are out for revenge. With an undefeated record on the line, this game will surely be hotly contested.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 59 pts.
- Spread: Oklahoma (-7)
Texas Tech Injury Report (via USA Today)
|SaDale Foster||RB||Ques Sat - Hip - 10/22/13|
|Carlos Thompson||WR||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 10/22/13|
|J.J. Gaines||DB||Ques Sat - Arm - 10/20/13|
|Baker Mayfield||QB||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/20/13|
|Tony Morales||OL||Ques Sat - Shoulder - 10/20/13|
|Dartwan Bush||DL||Out indefinitely - Knee - 10/18/13|
|Jalen Barnes||DB||Out for season - Shoulder - 8/23/13|
Oklahoma Injury Report (via USA Today)
|D.J. Ward||DE||Ques Sat - Stomach - 10/20/13|
|Trey Metoyer||WR||Out indefinitely - Disciplinary - 10/16/13|
|Corey Nelson||LB||Out for season - Pectoral - 10/6/13|
|Jake Reed||OL||Out indefinitely - Suspension - 8/26/13|
|Jordan Smallwood||WR||Out indefinitely - Foot - 8/17/13|
|Kendal Thompson||QB||Out indefinitely - Foot - 8/14/13|
Is Texas Tech a Contender or Pretender?
The Red Raiders enter this game ranked higher than the Sooners and with an undefeated record. However, a look at the betting line shows Oklahoma is favored to win by a touchdown.
The biggest game Texas Tech has played this season was against TCU, which was ranked No. 22 at the time. However, the Horned Frogs haven't been good this year—going 3-4 to this point—meaning the Red Raiders really haven't faced at top team at all.
Featuring a potent offense and stingy defense, this team has won by an average of 22.4 points a game. The Red Raiders rank No. 2 in the nation passing the ball, averaging 416.4 yards per game, but they'll be tested against Oklahoma's stingy pass defense.
A big win on the road would solidify Texas Tech as a legitimate national contender, while a loss would surely be followed by a big tumble in the rankings.
As impressive as Texas Tech's offense has been this year, Oklahoma's defensive secondary will present a tough challenge. However, nobody should expect the Red Raiders to go completely cold.
Which team will win?
Given Texas Tech's prowess on defense against the run, the Sooners will have a tough time making plays on the ground. This puts pressure on Blake Bell to have a big game from behind center, which hasn't been a given of late.
Oklahoma's offense doesn't have the firepower to keep up with Texas Tech in a shootout. The only way the Sooners will win at home is by winning the battle in the trenches and by shutting down the explosive offense of Texas Tech.
Unfortunately, it's not going to happen.
Texas Tech wins 42-31
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