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MVP Draft: Week 5 - Texas Tech

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NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it’s that time again Cowboys fans! This week, Oklahoma State travels down to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a night game at Jones AT&T Stadium.

But first, we need to get the picks for the fifth week of the CRFF MVP Draft. Here’s a reminder of how the scoreboard looks.

Standings after Week 4:

1 - Joel: 6
T2 - Dustin: 5
T2 - Micah: 5
T2 - Pete: 5
5 - Cade: 2


Joel Penfield

Oklahoma State

Offense: James Washington

In three career games against Texas Tech, Washington has 13 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns. That is absolutely absurd, it would not surprise me if he breaks another long touchdown or two against the Red Raiders.

Defense: AJ Green

With as much as Texas Tech throws the ball, the young corners of Oklahoma State will be tested. After getting somewhat exposed last week, I expect Green to step up and make a few plays this week.

Texas Tech

Offense: Keke Coutee

Nik Shimonek will sling the ball all over the field, but Coutee is his favorite target. So far this season he has 28 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Coutee will be a big part of the shootout in Lubbock on Saturday.

Defense: Dakota Allen

Allen had 12 tackles last week against Houston. He is mostly a run stopper, making most of his tackles in the trenches. He will do his best to slow down the running game of Justice Hill.

Micah Allen

Oklahoma State

Offense: Mason Rudolph

This game is going to be a battle of high-powered offenses. I think the quarterbacks are going to be super important in this game. Mason has a good arm and it's going to be vital that he hits his targets and gets first downs. After reading about what he said after the TCU game, I think that he comes in fired up and ready to go.

Defense: Chad Whitener

Whitener leads this defense statistically. With 22 tackles, one for loss for six yards. Whitener has looked good this season. It's gonna be important that we get stops and get the ball back to our defense and I think he shows up.

Texas Tech

Offense: Nic Shimonek

I said that I thought the quarterbacks were gonna be important in this game. Shimonek has done a good job taking over this offense and I think he's gonna be a challenge for the Oklahoma State defense.

Defense: Dakota Allen

If Tech is going to stop this Oklahoma State offense, Allen is going to be how they do it. He's got 27 tackles this season with two for loss. He was also Big 12 Player of the Week this past week.

Dustin Ragusa

Oklahoma State

Offense: Mason Rudolph

Mason threw for 395 yards against Tech last season, and I expect him to have another big day in 2017. This one has all the makings of a shootout, unless we try to control the tempo, and that means the possibility of huge numbers from the Cowboy signal caller. I know it’s on the road, but if Mason can remain calm and “stay in his box”, I think he will run away with the MVP this week. He also needs to make sure his receivers are calm and ready to play before the game, and don’t get down if Tech is keeping up with them in the scoring department. Maybe a pregame pep talk from Mason would help…

Defense: Tre Flowers

First off, I called the Tre Flowers interception last week in my MVP draft writeup #nottobrag. But, in all seriousness, with how much I expect Tech to air it out, I think Flowers has another great opportunity to make a big play. He was also one of the few bright spots on the defense against TCU, so he’s my pick again this week.

Texas Tech

Offense: Nic Shimonek

Shimonek has led Texas Tech to the number two spot in the country in terms of passing yards per game this season. He’s thrown for 384, 543 and 321 yards in their first three contests and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. He’s got plenty of weapons to work with such as receivers Keke Coutee, Dylan Cantrell, Derrick Willies and Cameron Batson. These guys have all made plenty of plays this season, and unless the Cowboys are able to get some pressure on Shimonek, there’s the potential for him to have a solid outing on Saturday.

Defense: Dakota Allen

Going into the season, the Red Raiders’ linebacking corps was considered the strength of their defense. Now, I know what you’re thinking… Does being considered the “strength” of Texas Tech’s defense mean anything? Well, my friend, this season it actually does. Texas Tech hasn’t played the toughest schedule so far, but outside of their second half performance against Arizona State, this Tech defense has played pretty well. And, one of the main reasons for this is the solid play out of their two stud linebackers, Jordyn Brooks and, my pick, Dakota Allen.

Allen has had a strange career at Texas Tech. He was second on the team in total tackles in 2015, but after running into some trouble with the law, he was removed from the team. He then went to East Mississippi Community College, this should sound familiar for those of you who watch the Netflix series Last Chance U, and has found his way back to Lubbock. He’s had a solid season so far that’s included an interception, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass defended, and that’s why he’s my pick this week.

"Pete"

*Editor’s note: Austin will be unable to participate the rest of the season, so his spot will be filled by “Pete”. Pete’s picks will be filled by a different person every week.

Oklahoma State

Offense: Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph is going to play angry. He may just throw for 1,000 yards. But in all reality, Texas Tech has given up some yardage this season, and I expect the Oklahoma State offense to bounce back in a big way this weekend.

Defense: Calvin Bundage

If Glenn Spencer saw the tape and saw the same thing as I did... This Oklahoma State defense is more succesful when Bundage is on the field, and less succesful when he's off of it (which was too often against TCU). This human heat seeking missile has my vote for defensive MVP.

Texas Tech

Offense: Justin Stockton

The Tech tailback does more than just run the ball for the Raiders, he's also a prolific pass-catcher out of the backfield. If Oklahoma State is having trouble getting to the passer like we were last week, Spencer may elect to compensate and drop more in coverage. This will allow Stockton to catch a lot of shallow passes and he has the potential to break them into big plays.

Defense: Jordyn Brooks

Brooks is a young linebacker that I think has a really bright future in Lubbock. He's a little undersized, but he can absolutely lay the wood. I wouldn't want to be a slot receiver coming across the middle this weekend.

Cade Webb

Oklahoma State

Offense: James Washington

Washington has had a touchdown of at least 75 yards the last two times OSU has played Tech, and I think he gets another on Saturday. He's just too good to keep contained for long, and it seems like it's a guarantee that he reels off at least one big touchdown per game. Against Tech, I think he has a massive game. Like, 200 yards+ and 2+ touchdowns big.

Defense: Calvin Bundage

This seems like a perfect matchup for Bundage's skillset. He's fast from sideline to sideline, can assist in run support, and gets after the quarterback well. I could see Bundage racking up 8+ tackles and forcing a turnover.

Texas Tech

Offense: Nic Shimonek

I hate picking the quarterback because it seems like a cheap play, but the quarterback always makes the Tech offense go, and that's no different this season. Shimonek isn't the dynamic playmaker that Patty Mahomes was, but he's still a pretty solid quarterback. OSU better be on their game if they want to stay out of a shootout against a more-than-capable thrower.

Defense: Dakota Allen

I'm a big fan of Dakota Allen. Not only is he a great story (watch season 2 of Last Chance U, and you'll understand), but he's a hell of a linebacker. He made an impact in his first season at Tech in 2015, and now that he's got his head on straight, he's become the guy on the Tech defense. I expect OSU to go over the middle through the air, and also try to run the ball. He'll be in on a bunch of plays.


Make sure and watch as the Cowboys take on the Red Raiders Saturday night. The action gets started at 7 p.m. CST on FOX.