Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium – Lubbock, TX
When: Saturday, October 22, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (-14)
Oklahoma extended its winning streak to three games with an emphatic 38-17 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. It was another convincing performance by the Sooners who climbed up to 16th place in the latest AP Top 25 poll. That’s quite a turnaround for Oklahoma who started the season 1-2.
Leading the way for Oklahoma in this victory was quarterback Baker Mayfield. He completed 25 of 31 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the win against Kansas State. That performance comes on the heels of his 390 yard, three-score performance against Texas the previous weekend. Benefiting from Mayfield’s solid play was Dede Westbrook. He torched the Kansas State secondary, nabbing nine catches for 184 yards and three scores on Saturday.
Oklahoma made mincemeat of a K-State side which entered the game with the Big 12’s top defense, surrendering just 17.6 points and 310.2 yards per contest. The Sooners ran roughshod over that vaunted defense, recording a whopping 510 total yards. They managed to pull off that offensive feat even without their star running back Samaje Perine who was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
With Perine still out for the upcoming clash against Texas Tech, the onus is on Joe Mixon to step up his play this coming weekend. He leads the Big 12 with 178.7 all-purpose yards per game this season, which is good for sixth nationally. Mixon showed his versatility in the win against Kansas State, becoming the first Sooners running back since Joe Washington in 1973 to throw a touchdown pass. Mixon and the rest of the Sooners will be licking their chops at the prospect of facing a Texas Tech side that’s allowing 479.2 total yards per game this season, 12th-worst in the FBS.
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (+14)
Texas Tech’s losing woes show no sign of abating as the Red Raiders crashed to their second consecutive defeat with a humiliating 48-17 loss to West Virginia on Saturday. The Red Raiders had difficulty stopping West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard, who accounted for 407 yards and three touchdowns. They were outgained by the Mountaineers, 650-379.
The Red Raiders will look to get their season back on track when they take on the red-hot Oklahoma Sooners this coming Saturday. For Texas Tech to record a major shock and cover the 14-point spread against Oklahoma, it needs to get a huge performance from Patrick Mahomes. He threw for 305 yards and a score against West Virginia, but didn’t look as effective as he did early in the season. Mahomes enters Saturday’s contest as the nation’s leader in passing yards (2,579, 429.8 YPG) and total offense (455.2 YPG). He also leads the Big 12 in touchdown passes (21) this season.
Oklahoma (-14) edges past Texas Tech in a shootout, 51-37.
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