Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma State (3-1) vs. Texas Tech (3-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
These two don’t mess around.
Oklahoma State pulled off a thrilling 45-44 win last year, and won a 70-53 firefight in 2015.
How insanely fun have the OSU-Texas Tech games been? The 2014 game – 45-35 Cowboys. They also win the 2013 firefight 52-34 as part of an eight-game winning streak.
How hard has it been for Texas Tech to slow down the Cowboy machine? Oklahoma State has averaged over 56 points a game in the last six meetings. This time around, the Cowboys have to fire up the attack again after the 44-31 loss to TCU, because all is hardly lost.
There’s still plenty of time and lots of chances to get the groove back. Win out, and OSU is in the Big 12 Championship. Win that, be 12-1, get into the College Football Playoff.
But for Texas Tech, this is the biggest moment of the Kliff Kingsbury era.
Coach Handsome has a defense now, and he has two really, really nice wins over Arizona State and Houston to build off of. However, with three of the next four games on the road – including dates at West Virginia and Oklahoma – breaking the losing streak to the Cowboys is a must.
One Reason Why Oklahoma State Will Win
Yeah, the Cowboys lost to TCU, but the offense is still a killer, especially on third downs.
This is a high-octane, explosive team that can strike from anywhere and put up massive numbers, but it can also simply keep the chains moving, too. OSU is connecting on 55% of its third down chances, with the efficient passing attack and total offense to more than keep up the pace.
Even in the loss, Mason Rudolph threw for 398 yards and two scores, Justice Hill ran for 102 yards and a score, and receivers James Washington and Marcell Ateman went wild.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
This isn’t your normal Texas Tech team.
Oh sure, Nic Shimonek and the passing game are going off – WR Keke Coutee was tremendous against Houston, catching 11 passes for 161 yards and a score – but there’s even more of a running game and there’s a lot more defense than normal.
The Red Raiders managed 200 rushing yards against the Cougars, and he defense camped down when needed in the tough fight. They proved they could get through a 27-24 battle.
The defense has been great at taking the ball away – coming up with nine takeaways – and the team is currently second in the nation in turnover margin. Considering Oklahoma State is coming off a four giveaway game, Texas Tech wins this if it’s +3 in turnover margin.
What’s Going To Happen
Ohhhhhhhh, wow, will this be a blast.
Both teams will fire away at will, with Rudolph and company doing just enough to overcome a 400-yard day from Shimonek in a back-and-forth battle that will come down to the team that has the ball last.
Demand well over 1,000 yards of total offense, a whole lot of big plays, and a game that makes you want to keep watching Big 12 football.
Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech Prediction
Oklahoma State 48, Texas Tech 42
Oklahoma State -9.5, o/u: 81
5: “U bum” – 1: “Dotard” … 2.5
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