Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday, 28 November, 2020 – 12:00 PM ET at Boone Pickens Stadium
For being the No. 21 team in the country, things have not been going well for Oklahoma State for the past week.
The Cowboys got pounded in the annual Bedlam rivalry game against Oklahoma as the NCAAF odds had suggested, losing to the Sooners by a lopsided 41-13 score. Adding injury to insult, one of the OSU trainers suffered injuries after a confrontation with Oklahoma fans at the game.
Oklahoma State will look to get things back on track this week at home against Texas Tech. The Oklahoma loss was the second in three games for the Cowboys, who opened the year with four straight wins. The Red Raiders have also lost two of three, although they’re coming off a 24-23 win over Baylor. Texas Tech is 3-5 on the year and looking to start a successful stretch run—Kansas is next—to turn the season around.
Coaching Woes for OSU
Head coach Mike Gundy took responsibility for the disappointing showing against Oklahoma, saying he wasn’t happy with the team’s game plan for the Sooners.
“I didn’t think that we did a very good job of coaching,” he said in his weekly press conference. “I thought the players played hard and competed. I thought we could’ve done a better job of coaching. I don’t think that we had the plans that we needed to give our players the best chance for success, in my opinion.”
Gundy said that everyone—players and coaches—were still “down” as game week began for the Texas Tech contest.
Further depressing the OSU mood is the injury situation. Running back Chuba Hubbard has an ankle injury, and quarterback Spencer Sanders missed a large portion of Bedlam after getting knocked out of the game. This is worth monitoring before making your college football picks.
Oklahoma State’s passing game has struggled, and it will be facing a Texas Tech secondary that has allowed just 226 passing yards in the last two games combined
Scouting Texas Tech
For the eleventh year in a row, the Red Raiders will not have a winning season. Although by winning out, Texas Tech can at least finish at .500.
Texas Tech has been shuffling players in the lineup in the hopes of finding a spark. The Raiders made a change at left tackle before the Baylor game, replacing veteran starter Etan Carde with true freshman Caleb Rogers. Tech also benched starting quarterback Alex Bowman earlier in the season but appear to be ready to finish out the year with him.
Needless to say, the offense is not doing well. This is not going to be one of those Big 12 shootouts we’re accustomed to seeing. Both teams are having trouble passing and putting up points. Texas Tech has been held to less than 400 total yards in four of the last five games and hasn’t passed for 300 in six outings.
The Red Raiders have also averaged 30 points per game for the last 20 seasons, the longest string in the Big 12. It’s a streak that’s in jeopardy this year, as Tech has managed just 28.9 points so far this year.
Oklahoma State is not as bad as it looked against Oklahoma. The defense should be able to shut down a struggling Texas Tech offense. The Red Raiders already made a change at one tackle and the other side of the line is having almost as much trouble. Look for OSU to be able to generate a pass rush and control the Red Raiders run game.
While OSU may not have the potential of lighting things up, it should be able to shake off the injuries from last week and move the ball on the ground, which could open things up in the air. Look for Oklahoma State to cover the 11-point line set by online sportsbooks.