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Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma: Preview and Prediction

Here’s everything you need to know in our Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma preview and prediction!

Broadcast Info

When: Saturday November 3rd @ 7 P.M. CT

Where: Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas

TV: ABC

Radio: OU/TTU IMG Radio Network

 

Key Players

Oklahoma

QB Kyler Murray- Much like I have said all season long, Kyler Murray is a Heisman caliber quarterback and is the best quarterback in the Big 12. He is averaging 291.1 passing yards per game and has thrown 28 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. Kyler also has an outstanding completion percentage of 73.2% and averages about 60 rushing yards per contest along with 6 rushing touchdowns. He can run, pass and probably could sell popcorn at the concession stand if he wanted to because he is that damn good.

WR Marquise Brown- Anytime this man has the football in his hands, usually something special happens. By that I mean defenses usually see plenty of the back of his jersey because he is running right by defenses with his elite speed. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is averaging 92.2 receiving yards per game and has found the end zone 7 times already this season.

CB Trey Brown- I truly believe that Trey Brown is probably the best corner on this Oklahoma defense. His play earned him more playing time on the field and he leads Oklahoma in pass breakups. Trey will have plenty of chances to compete for balls because Tech loves to sling the football around.

Texas Tech

QB Alan Bowman- Even though he is just a true freshman, Alan stepped up this season and has been fantastic for Texas Tech. He has battled some injuries this season, but he is still averaging 344 passing yards per game and has thrown 15 touchdowns to 7 picks while completing 68.4% of his passes. He looked a little jumpy last week against Iowa State trying to get rid of the ball quickly, so he wouldn’t take any more hits with his lung injury but if he can get more comfortable, watch out.

WR T.J. Vasher- Standing at 6’5, T.J. is a guy who can go up and get the football. He may be only third on the team in receiving yards, but he is a show stopper when it comes to making acrobatic catches. Oklahoma has struggles against big wide outs, so I think T.J. Vasher will most definitely be an impact player in this game.

LB Dakota Allen- This defense will have their work cut out for them against a high-powered offense such as Oklahoma’s. Turnovers will play a huge factor and as the team’s defensive captain, can Dakota Allen make those game changing plays? This will be his toughest test of the season on Saturday.

 

Key Storyline

Who can get Key defensive stops?

The last time these two teams met in Lubbock, it was probably the greatest shootout I have ever seen, and both teams put up recording shattering offensive numbers. While both defenses were atrocious in that game two years ago, Oklahoma was able to get only one stop in the second half. Well, it turned out that that was the only defensive stop that either team would have in the second half because there were a combined 10 consecutive touchdown drives. It may seem small, but that one stop was the difference in the game. So here we are two years later and guess what? This game has the same exact feel as it did nearly two years ago except Texas Tech is probably a little better of now. Tech’s defense has been a bend but don’t break defense so far this season, but can they keep the Sooners high flying offense from lighting up the scoreboard? What about Oklahoma’s defense? They have struggled all season long against big wide receivers and with Tech having no shortage of big wide outs, the Sooners will have their hands full in this one. The question is, which team can get crucial stops whether it’s late in the game or in the red zone?

Prediction

Oklahoma 48 Texas Tech 35

I believe this one will be another wild west shootout in Lubbock. Throw in the fact that this is a night game, THINGS CAN GET WEIRD. I mentioned earlier that Tech sometimes struggles defensively between the twenties but tighten up when offenses get in the red zone. Well, Oklahoma is a completely different animal offensively and with Kyler Murray running the show, it’s hard for me not to pick Oklahoma to win this game. Not to mention, I really like the way that Sooner offensive line is playing right now.

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