Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma (6-1) vs. Texas Tech (4-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Oklahoma isn’t looking a whole lot like a team that’s still in the chase for the College Football Playoff.
The Iowa State loss is now forgivable, the late rallies to beat Texas and Kansas State look great, and the win at Ohio State is still going to give the Sooners a trump card it can play to beat anyone in a debate between one-loss teams.
But it’s been too much of a fight.
The defense has started to struggle too much, and Baker Mayfield has needed to be way too heroic.
And now they have to be ready for a shootout against the Red Raiders before dealing with showdowns against Oklahoma State and TCU.
Texas Tech needs a win, and fast.
The Red Raiders have lost three of their last four, with the lone win the free space game over Kansas. There’s still time to get to six wins and a bowl – playing Baylor should help – but that’s not the point.
A team good enough to beat Arizona State and Houston should be able to come up with a win over just about anyone in the Big 12.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
Baker Mayfield really is playing at a Heisman level, even if the world is in love with Saquon Barkley.
All Mayfield has done is throw for 300 yards or more in every game but the win over Baylor – he averaged 15 yards per pass with three scores in the win over the Bears – he’s hitting 74% of his passes, and he came up with two straight gut-check game-winning drives.
The former Texas Tech Red Raider has owned his former team, throwing for 545 yards and seven touchdowns in last year’s win, and threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in the 63-27 2015 win.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
The Oklahoma secondary has had a nightmare of a time in the Big 12.
The Sooners got hit for 463 yards against Baylor, couldn’t slow down Iowa State, gave up too many yards to a Texas team that’s struggling to throw, and last week, allowed Kansas State backup QB Alex Delton to hit 12-of-14 passes.
Nic Shimonek hasn’t quite put up the sick and twisted numbers most Texas Tech quarterbacks do, but he’s limited his mistakes – spreading out his five picks over the last five games – and he’s hitting everything midrange.
He might have only throw for 207 yards against Iowa State, but he didn’t get any help from the receivers cranking out yards after the catch.
Oklahoma doesn’t come up with takeaways, and Texas Tech doesn’t give many away. If Shimonek is on, the passing game will work, and Oklahoma won’t get many – if any – easy points.
What’s Going To Happen
As always, you hope and expect a shootout whenever Texas Tech plays, but this time it really should happen.
The Red Raiders will give the Sooner secondary a nasty time, but Mayfield is Mayfield. He’ll come through in the fourth quarter – again – whenever the team needs him to.
It’ll be yet another game when he looks like a possible Heisman winner. Eventually, he won’t be ignored anymore.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Prediction
Oklahoma 44, Texas Tech 34
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