Two of the most dynamic offenses in the Big 12 will meet as Texas Tech travels to No. 7 Oklahoma State for what could be a high-scoring game. This game has a good chance of going over its 70-point spread, as each team averages over 35 points per game.
The Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) are coming off their fourth straight game against a ranked opponent, losing 37-25 to No. 20 Kansas State. The Cowboys (4-0, 1-0) opened conference play against Baylor in a rematch of last year’s Big 12 Championship Game, winning their first game against a ranked opponent, 36-25.
Texas Tech Keeps Being Challenged
This is the fifth straight game for Texas Tech against a ranked opponent, going 2-2 in the previous four. The team keeps getting tested while the offense keeps proving itself, averaging 35 points with 475.6 yards.
Most of those yards come through the air, with quarterback Donovan Smith leading the offense. He has completed 66.7% of his passes for 1,475 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Red Raiders beat in-state rivals Texas two weeks ago behind Smith’s 331 yards and two touchdowns, with no turnovers.
However, in their two losses, Smith has struggled with turnovers, throwing two interceptions in both. Last week against Kansas State, despite throwing for 359 yards and two touchdowns, his two interceptions were costly.
Myles Price has been one of Smith’s favorite targets with 31 receptions, 309 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Tyree Wilson has been a leader, with five sacks.
Kansas State’s dynamic run game gashed Texas Tech‘s defense for 343 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Oklahoma State Responds
Oklahoma State won in its first challenge despite letting Baylor back into the game after taking a 23-3 lead. The offense got some help from two great kick returns and the defense made big plays while also giving up a few.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders had one of his worst games, finishing with 181 yards on 29 passing attempts with a touchdown and interception. However, he made an impact with his legs, rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, the Cowboys looked good with 166 yards, two touchdowns and 3.6 yards per carry.
The defense did force two interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the game. However, they allowed Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen, whose season high in a game was 238, to throw for 345 yards. The Cowboys’ secondary has struggled, giving up 285.3 passing yards per game.
A big part of the win was two kickoff returns. One went for a touchdown to open up the half and another put the Cowboys at the 50-yard line, leading to a two-play touchdown drive.
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State Injury Report
Texas Tech has struggled with injuries early in the season, with seven players listed as out for Saturday’s game. Wide receiver Coy Eakin and linebacker Bryce Robinson are listed as questionable.
For Oklahoma State, only two names come up on the injury report in wide receivers Blaine Green and Jaden Bray.
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State Head-to-Head
The series between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State is tied at 23. However, since 2009, the Cowboys have won 11 games, including the last two. The Red Raiders last won in 2019, also winning the previous year.
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
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Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State Live Stream: ESPN
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State Betting Lines
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State Prediction
If there is going to be a top-10 team that gets upset this week, look at Oklahoma State as the possible school. Texas Tech’s’ passing game is the team’s strength while the Cowboys’ pass defense is an evident weakness. On top of that, the Red Raiders have been battle-tested over the last few weeks.
This game feels like it has a strong possibility of being upset, but both teams putting up a great offensive game seems like more of a sure thing.
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