No. 24 Oklahoma at Texas Tech
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
TV: Fox (KOKH-25, Cox 12/HD 712, Dish 25, DirecTV 25, U-verse 25/HD 1025)
Line: OU by 15
Scouting Texas Tech
Record: 2-3, 1-3 Big 12
Best player: Right guard Jack Anderson has been really, really good for the Red Raiders after missing most of last season following a shoulder injury. Texas Tech’s offense has been middle-of-the-road in the Big 12, but they’d be in a much more difficult position without Anderson, who could’ve left for the NFL in the offseason. He chose to stay after being one of the most high-profile recruits to sign with Texas Tech in recent memory as part of the 2017 class.
The case for Texas Tech: Texas Tech coach Matt Wells decided to make a quarterback change recently, inserting Henry Colombi into the lineup in place of Alan Bowman. Colombi’s numbers weren’t overwhelming — 169 passing yards and a touchdown, 40 rushing yards and a touchdown — but he did seem to inject some energy into the Red Raiders. And Colombi knows the scheme of Matt Wells and David Yost, having played for both at Utah State. And though the Red Raiders have lost eight consecutive games to the Sooners, the last three games in Lubbock have been decided by an average of eight points. This OU team has played in plenty of close games already, so if the Red Raiders can hang tight until late, there’s always a chance.
The case for Oklahoma: The Sooners have the second-best offense in the Big 12, behind only Texas and Spencer Rattler has shown signs of growth after being benched briefly against Texas. OU has also been much more effective running the ball the last two games. Texas Tech’s defense is allowing 337.8 yards per game — worst in the Big 12 by nearly 70 yards. Texas Tech’s offense figures to struggle to keep up, especially with the way the Sooners’ defensive line has played recently.