Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 game in our Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma preview and prediction.
7:00 p.m. Central Time, Saturday October 31st, 2020, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas.
Oklahoma Radio: Oklahoma Learfield IMG Sports Radio Network
Texas Tech Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network
Spread: Oklahoma (-14.5)
Fun Fact: Oklahoma has won eight straight against Texas Tech entering this weekend.
QB Spencer Rattler
Despite just being a freshman, Spencer Rattler is a top tier quarterback in the Big 12. His arm talent is beyond his age and he can make NFL type throws that not many other quarterbacks can. In fact, Spencer leads the Big 12 in passing yards and has tossed 15 touchdowns through five games. He also has completed 69.5% of his passes this season as well. Tech struggles against the pass and Spencer has the arm to make them pay.
It would be hard for me to pinpoint one guy because it seems like they have all had some bad moments this season. But between Bookie, Pat Fields, Delarrin Turner-Yell, Tre Brown and a few others, someone or several guys will need to step up and lock some receivers down. Tech has size and playmakers on the outside so this will be an interesting matchup to watch.
QB Henry Colombi
In just his first start in a Tech uniform, Henry was able to help lead his team to a much-needed victory over West Virginia. Henry does not make a ton of splash plays that jump out to you but he seems to be fairly consistent in the mid to short passing game as he has completed over 75% of his passes this season. He will need to make some big plays if Tech wants to pull off the upset this weekend.
DE Eli Howard
If Texas Tech can not clean up the secondary, the pass rush will have to step up. Eli Howard is Tech’s best pure pass rusher and if the Sooners come out swinging, then there should be plenty of opportunities to get sacks.
Texas Tech has the worst pass defense in the Big 12 and if I know that, Lincoln Riley knows that as well. Spencer Rattler took care of the football last weekend against TCU and if he can do that, then the Sooners should have little problem tossing the football all over the place. While there will be some run game mixed in for balancing, the Sooners should spread the Tech defense out and make them cover as many wide outs as possible. Maybe Charleston Rambo has a big game or Marvin Mims continues to burst onto the scene but no matter what, I could see Rattler tossing for nearly 300 yards on Saturday.
As for the defense, I think the focus will be on creating pressure to force Henry Colombi to make big plays. Henry is not a guy who will throw a ton of deep balls and he does not make many mistakes. If the Sooners can rattle him a bit by getting an early lead, it would force the Red Raiders hand and the Sooners talented defensive line can get after him.
The Red Raiders had a ton of guys out last week, but I think they will get wide outs T.J. Vasher and KeSean Carter back this weekend according to head coach Matt Wells. If that is the case, that will help quarterback Henry Colombi tremendously and when you throw in the fact that Oklahoma’s weakest unit is the secondary, I think Tech should be aggressive on offense. This team has nothing to lose so leave it all out on the field and make this game into a shootout.
Defensively, this side of the ball has many issues outside of linebacker. The secondary is still banged up and below average at best. Meanwhile the defensive line is just ok. Overall, the focus should be throwing Spencer Rattler off his game. He is still young so if the defense can force some turnovers, that would be huge.
Oklahoma 42, Texas Tech 24
The Sooners are a young team, but they’re super talented and are getting better every week, as we saw last week against TCU. Tech may be getting better, but it’s baby steps right now in Lubbock for Matt Wells. Oklahoma will take care of business.