You hear it every time the Sooners lose: Stoops doesn’t lose back-to-back games. Oklahoma rebounded nicely against Kansas State last Saturday. It seems as if this team is at a crossroads, and the coming weeks will show us the true nature of the Sooners. OU has a score of former Red Raiders on their team: Baker Mayfield played there before transferring and Riley was a receivers coach, who was responsible for the development of Tech legend Michael Crabtree.
Texas Tech is pretty good offensively and simply so-so on defense. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the head of the Red Raiders’ potent passing attack. Tech’s air game is the top rated attack in the Big 12. Mahomes has torn up defenses this season, throwing for 2618 yards at a 64% completion rate. The Raiders boast a big play threat in Jakeem Grant. So far, he’s tallied 719 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 14.7 yards a catch. Wide receivers Devin Lauderdale and Reginald Davis are also favorite targets of Mahomes. DeAndre Washington is also a consistent threat on the ground with seven touchdowns so far.
Tech’s defense is a predictable mess so far. They rank last in the nation in rush defense, allowing 263 rushing yards a game. The Raiders also allow 289 passing yards a game. Tech’s secondary has forced 8 interceptions and have scored two touchdowns. They rely on freshman to get it done: linebacker Dakota Allen has 62 tackles (leading the conference) and cornerback Jah’Shawn Johnson has 49 tackles.
The game Saturday will likely be a shootout. OU has the advantage of being the more complete team, but Texas Tech has proven to be a thorn in the side of the Sooners before. If OU’s defense can mitigate the Raiders’ formidable passing attack, they should be able to pull out a victory.