Oklahoma visits Texas Tech on the heels of a big win over their rival Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders are coming off of an ugly win over Iowa State as they continue to have a solid season. Bragging rights is on the line as both teams are out of the Big 12 Championship race. The kick-off between them is slated for 7:30 P.M. EST.
Oklahoma beats bitter rivalAfter losing two straight games, Oklahoma was desperate to secure a win and gain bowl eligibility. The added kicker was that their next opponent was against hated-rival Oklahoma State at home. The Sooners defeated the Cowboys 28-13 in dominant fashion as Oklahoma sits in seventh place with a 6-5 overall record and a 3-5 conference record.
The Sooners were unbelievable to start the game as momentum was solid with the home team. Oklahoma scored four touchdowns in the opening quarter to give Oklahoma a 28-0 lead that they ultimately held on to. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel rushed in for the opening touchdown of the game. He then tossed two touchdown passes. Running back Eric Gray earned the short rushing touchdown to add to the Oklahoma lead.
Gabriel ended with 259 yards on 20-for-40 passing. He threw for two touchdowns and finished with an interception. Gray ran for 90 yards on 20 carries and added a touchdown. Gabriel rushed for 30 yards on six carries.
Oklahoma’s defense forced four turnovers as the secondary secured all of them through interceptions. Oklahoma accumulated 434 yards of total offense in the victory.
“A lot was at stake. Winning the state championship, incredibly important to us — one of our team goals for the season. Having a chance to hand out a trophy, a lot is on the line. You're playing for, again, a trophy. Who knows how many more times, if at all, we'll play. I haven't seen any of the schedules for next year yet with new teams coming in. So having that trophy right now means a lot to these players,” head coach Brent Venables said following the win.
Although it has been a struggle of a season, Oklahoma’s offense has done well in the statistical category. The Sooners are averaging 454 yards per game which ranks 22nd in the country. They have the 13th-best rushing team in the nation, too. They are averaging 217 yards per game on the ground.
The defense has been poor this season as they are allowing 437 yards of total offense per game. Opposing offenses are gaining 191 yards per game on the ground which ranks 115th in the country. They are allowing 27.6 points per game which ranks 85th.
Texas Tech wins uglyTexas Tech enters Saturday’s game in sixth place in the Big 12, they are 6-5 overall with a conference record of 4-4. The Red Raiders are coming off of a close win over Iowa State in their latest game. Texas Tech defeated the Cyclones 14-10 in Ames, Iowa.
The Red Raiders have won back-to-back games following their win over Iowa State. They defeated Kansas by 15 points prior to the Iowa State win. Texas Tech’s Donovan Smith rushed in for the opening touchdown from one-yard away in the second quarter. Smith’s win capped off a 96-yard drive that last over five minutes. The Cyclones answered with a 36-yard field goal on the following drive as the Red Raiders took a 7-3 lead at the halftime break.
In the second half, Iowa State scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to gain a 10-7 lead. Texas Tech answered right back with a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Shough to Baylor Cupp for the win. Shough finished with 141 yards passing as he completed 15-for-21 and threw that lone touchdown that gave his team the win. The rushing attack for Texas Tech accumulated 105 yards as three different running backs went over 30 yards rushing.
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Texas Tech’s defense stopped Iowa State on fourth down twice out of the Cyclones’ three attempts. The Red Raiders only had one penalty in the game which helped them versus Iowas State’s six penalties.
"The stat sheet on offense is not pretty. But the W in that right column for the Red Raiders is definitely pretty. I can't be more proud of our guys,” head coach Joey McGuire said to the media following the game.
Texas Tech ranks 15th in the country in total passing yards as they average 295 yards per game. The offense is scoring 32 points per game which ranks 40th in the nation. The defense has been Texas Tech’s downfall this year as they are allowing 28 points per game which puts them 88th in the nation. They are giving up 228 yards through the air and 162 yards on the ground.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Oklahoma has not been great this season away from home as they own a record of 2-2. The Sooners are 4-7 against the spread this year. They are 3-6 against the spread when they are favored this year. Texas Tech is 6-5 against the spread this year and they are 5-1 straight up at home. The Red Raiders have been excellent in the passing game as they rank 15th in the country in passing yards earned per game. Oklahoma is giving up 246 yards per game through the air which ranks 96th in the country. Oklahoma’s road woes scare me and Texas Tech should be confident at their home place in the last regular season game of the season.
Take the Red Raiders to cover the spread on Saturday.
Full-Game Total Pick
Points, points and more points for these two teams on Saturday. Oklahoma’s defense is allowing almost 28 points per game while Texas Tech is giving up the same amount. These two defenses struggle against the pass which is what they both emphasis. Texas Tech’s offense is scoring an average of 32 points per game which ranks 40th in the country. Oklahoma and Texas Tech will be able to hit this mark easily come Saturday.
Take the over.