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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders: Complete Game Preview

Ricky FrechCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2013

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders: Complete Game Preview

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys finally found their running game last weekend in Ames, Iowa, against the Iowa State Cyclones, riding it to a 58-27 victory.

    That said, the offense is still struggling to discover its usual potency through the air, as quarterback Clint Chelf was merely serviceable in the win.

    Still, the Cowboys are poised to make some noise with a road win against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but that victory won't be an easy one.

    Expect this game to be an old-fashioned Cowboys-Raiders affair, with lots of points and a close game until the end.

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

    Time: 7 p.m. ET

    Place: Jones AT&T Stadium (60,454 cap.) Lubbock, Texas

    TV: Fox

    Radio: Cowboy Radio Network

    All-Time Series: Texas Tech holds a 21-16-3 advantage all time.

Oklahoma State Key to Victory

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    Force Three or More Turnovers

    The Oklahoma State Cowboys defense has gotten back to its old habits this year under coordinator Glenn Spencer.

    Spencer has his boys playing aggressive, attacking football and coming up with key turnovers on a weekly basis.

    Those turnovers could be even more important against a Texas Tech offense that wants to throw the ball downfield and uses a freshman signal-caller to do so. Three or more turnovers by Justin Gilbert and Co. could rattle QB Davis Webb, and Tech's high-powered offense might fall apart.

    It isn't going to be easy, but the Pokes defense has to force some takeaways and show why it is one of, if not the best, defense in the Big 12.

     

Texas Tech Key to Victory

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    Turn it into a Shootout.

    Simply said, Oklahoma State's passing offense in 2013 lacks the horsepower to keep up with that of Texas Tech.

    Sure, the Cowboys are 36th nationally in passing offense, but the Red Raiders are third and throw for more than 100 yards more per game than the Pokes.

    If Texas Tech wants a win here, its have to use its superior aerial talents to turn this into a barnburner, where the Red Raiders are sure to have an advantage. They need to get on the scoreboard early and often to negate Oklahoma State's improved running game and force the the Cowboys to go the pass.

    Oklahoma State has struggled in that phase at times this season.

Player to Watch for Oklahoma State

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    Desmond Roland

    Roland turned in an exceptional 219-yard, two-touchdown effort last weekend against the Iowa State Cyclones, something he'll have to try and match this week in Lubbock.

    As mentioned, the Cowboys are struggling the throw the ball this season and, until last weekend, they were also having a tough time in the running game.

    Roland changed that with his performance, but for Oklahoma State to have a chance against the Red Raiders, he'll have to be on his A-game once again.

    If Roland can dominate on the ground for the second week in a row, the Cowboys can control the clock and keep TTU's potent passing attack off the field. It's a tall order, but considering Texas Tech gave up a boatload of yards to Oklahoma's rushing attack last week, it's not out of the realm of possibility.

    Look for Roland to continue to roll, to the tune of 150-plus yards and two scores.

     

Player to Watch for Texas Tech

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys finally found their running game last weekend in Ames, Iowa, against the Iowa State Cyclones, riding it to a 58-27 victory.

    That said, the offense is still struggling to discover its usual potency through the air, as quarterback Clint Chelf was merely serviceable in the win.

    Still, the Cowboys are poised to make some noise with a road win against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but that victory won't be an easy one.

    Expect this game to be an old-fashioned Cowboys-Raiders affair, with lots of points and a close game until the end.

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

    Time: 7 p.m. ET

    Place: Jones AT&T Stadium (60,454 cap.) Lubbock, Texas

    TV: Fox

    Radio: Cowboy Radio Network

    All-Time Series: Texas Tech holds a 21-16-3 advantage all time.

Final Prediction

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    As I mentioned in the opening slide, expect this one to be close, but I actually don't expect a ton of points to be scored.

    Call it a hunch, but I think Oklahoma State's defense is going to get to Davis Webb and force him into quite a few mistakes, while their running game pounds out long drives on the other side of the football.

    Look for Webb to make a few too many costly decisions and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert to come up with at least two game-changing plays.

    In the end, it's still going to be close, but I'm picking the Cowboys to eke out a victory against the Red Raiders.

     

    Oklahoma State 30, Texas Tech 24 

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