Oklahoma State at Texas Tech Football Preview

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Seth Doege #7 of Texas Tech looks to throw in the second half against Oklahoma at at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma was upset by Texas Tech 41-38. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma State hits the road again this weekend against Texas Tech and the only thing anyone can really talk about is "Can the Red Raiders pull off the upset?" To be fair, there are some pretty serious implications this weekend for Oklahoma State. As is the case from here on out, lose and the dream is over.

Texas Tech has not been a very good team this year outside of the Sooner ass kicking but they are Texas Tech and the game is in Lubbock. Prior to the arrival of Tommy Tuberville, the general rule was we never beat Tech in Lubbock. Ever.

Welcome to the party Tubes!

 

We’ll see an 11am start on Saturday on ABC and as of right now the Cowboys are favored by 17 points.

You might not realize this if you live in Oklahoma, but Texas Tech is not a great football team. They pulled off the biggest upset of the year so far with a 41-38 win in Norman but that’s really all they’ve done.   The Red Raiders have lost both games since, including a home loss to Iowa State and most recently a 52-20 ass kicking by the Longhorns.

Don Williams at LubbockOnline says the Red Raider defense is at a low point he hasn’t seen since 2003. We beat Texas Tech 51-49 in 2003 so here's to you Don!

Oklahoma State heads in to Saturday’s game fresh off a dog fight with Kansas State. The Red Raiders have given up at least 34 points in 7 straight games. I don’t expect that to change.  I fully expect the usual suspects to play a big role in the outcome. Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Joseph Randle should all have big games.

Look for an especially big game by Joseph Randle. Texas Tech currently gives up over 200 yards per game and has surrendered 13 TD's. Texas gashed them for 439 yards and 6TD's last week. 

Keep your eye on QB Seth Doege. This kid played a phenomenal game on the road against the "Sharks" of OU so the potential is there. He threw for 441 yards and 4 TD’s in that game without an interception. It’s gonna take a similar kind of day for the Red Raiders to pull the upset. The Oklahoma State defense cannot allow Doege to get into a rhythm and build confidence early. 

Ultimately, I think the key matchup here is Weeden & Company vs. the Texas Tech Defense. If the Red Raiders can’t play better than 34 points and stop the run, they have very little chance of escaping with a W. Oklahoma State will keep the ball on the ground more than usual this week and run away with this one. 

Final Score? 56-24

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