On Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners were announced as a 6.5 point favorite entering the game with Texas Tech. CBSsportsline.com reported that quarterback Davis Webb was the first freshman at Texas Tech to pass for over 400 yards in his first two starts. That means a lot of people think that Webb won’t be able to produce the same numbers against the vaunted Oklahoma defense. It’s true that the Sooners have the best pass defense in the country, but this is the same team that gave up big plays to Texas. Although, the Sooners are playing at home, they might get torched on Saturday.
In all honesty, this game should be a battle of undefeated teams, but Oklahoma let an overmatched team outwit them in an easy victory. That’s the theme for the Oklahoma Sooners these days.
Texas Tech is (7-0) but the country doesn’t quite believe in them yet. Even if the win at Oklahoma, the Sooners might get more blame than Texas Tech gets credit. Last week, they handled the tough environment at West Virginia. It could be a tough task in back to back weeks, but this is the type of game that champions are made of.
No Baker Mayfield, no problem. The Red Raiders continue to put up amazing numbers with Davis Webb as the starting quarterback. Sometimes you do have two quarterbacks, and sometimes they are both freshman. Kliff Kingsbury has done a tremendous job with the offense, and he has the ultimate weapon in Jace Amaro. He is a matchup nightmare for any team. Don’t believe Texas Tech uses the “dink n dunk” philosophy. Their first five receivers all average over 10 yards per catch, and they spread the ball quite a bit.
Defensively, the Red Raiders are going to be in for a long day against the run. It’s a good thing that they are adept at controlling the ground game. If they can force Oklahoma to pass on known passing downs, it will be advantage Texas Tech all day.
The offense can’t afford to have a sluggish start on Saturday. This isn’t Kansas. Blake Bell is their best option, but he didn’t respond well in their only loss. Now that he’s become the starting quarterback, the “Belldozer” package has become null and void. He’s been too busy becoming a quarterback and not a football player. The offense might have to produce explosive plays without turning the ball over. That means they must keep Texas Tech off balance.
The defense really has been stout except for one game. Yet, if they don’t contain the Red Raiders passing game, they’ll have to truly be questioned. With all the pass attempts, Oklahoma will have plenty of opportunities for interceptions. They are going against a freshman quarterback making his third start. This game is on you, defense. The offense you’re facing is the reason why you changed your philosophy.
Oklahoma is going to play well, but at some point in the second quarter, a big play will be made. It doesn’t seem like Texas Tech will utilize the ground game, but they’ll mix it in enough early. Oklahoma is playing at home so this is a must win. Their Big 12 title chances are on the line also.
Texas Tech 31