Oklahoma desires to increase its streak of successful seasons to 24. To ensure that earlier than the bowl recreation, they’ll must win in Lubbock. Previous OU groups haven’t had a lot bother on the highway at Texas Tech, however this OU crew has confirmed time and again that it’s not tied to any previous developments or historical past. All the pieces is on the desk in 2022. Tech is lacking proficient edge rusher Tyree Wilson, however OU is lacking beginning middle Andrew Raym. Oklahoma’s protection has been higher currently, however West Virginia isn’t good and Oklahoma State’s offensive line is dreadful. If the Sooners can replicate the sort of fanatical defensive effort they confirmed final week in Bedlam, they’ll have an opportunity. If not, it’s develop into starkly clear that the OU offense isn’t able to carrying this crew.
Closing rating: Texas Tech 34, Oklahoma 28
The Sooner protection has been a lot improved over the previous two weeks, however they’ll face a well-known foe once more this Saturday — fourth down makes an attempt. Texas Tech leads the nation with 45 conversion makes an attempt on fourth down, and the Pink Raiders are changing 60 p.c of these probabilities. Nonetheless, quarterback Tyler Shough is Tech’s least-dynamic athlete to take the snaps in Lubbock this season, giving OU’s protection a better goal to trace down within the pocket. With the stress off to make a bowl recreation, Oklahoma’s offense ought to be capable to make the most of the Texas Tech protection lacking star go rusher Tyree Wilson, and Brent Venables will you should definitely handle the clock appropriately late after close to catastrophe in Bedlam.
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Closing rating: Oklahoma 34, Texas Tech 27
As has been the case much more than normal this season, this recreation feels largely like a coin flip. Texas Tech has been a extremely good residence crew this 12 months, solely dropping one recreation in Lubbock all season. On this closing residence recreation of the 12 months, the expectation must be that the Pink Raiders trustworthy goes to be up for this one much more than regular as they try and make the Sooners uncomfortable all through the night time. If Dillon Gabriel and the OU offense can discover some rhythm and the Oklahoma protection can come even near replicating what they did final weekend in Bedlam, this might wind up being a comparatively simple Sooners win. However these are very large ifs. After an explosive first quarter that noticed them get in the long run zone 4 instances final week, Oklahoma did largely nothing offensively the remainder of the way in which. And whereas the OU protection carried out at a really excessive stage per week in the past, it’s arduous to count on them to do it once more after what we’ve got seen most of this season. All that being mentioned, the Sooners protection supplied sufficient encouraging indicators final week — and actually for the higher a part of the final month — to assume that they will do sufficient to get out and in of Lubbock with a win. If OU can discover a approach to get a turnover or two and money in for factors, the Sooners ought to be in fine condition on Saturday.
Closing rating: Oklahoma 31, Texas Tech 27
Earlier than final week’s Bedlam battle, Oklahoma’s protection was placing up some eye-popping numbers. I feel Brent Venables’ unit will carry the momentum into an enormous highway recreation to finish the season and maintain the Pink Raiders in examine offensively. It appeared just like the Sooners have been higher ready formation-wise per week in the past, and if that’s the case once more, gamers can be in the best place to make performs. Oklahoma’s protection intercepted Spencer Sanders 4 instances, and the quantity might’ve been even larger if the Sooners’ protection had held onto just a few extra catchable passes. Lebby and Gabriel want a optimistic offensive week, and controlling the clock is a superb place to begin. Controlling the clock will even be key in retaining the loopy crowd in Lubbock out of the sport.
Oklahoma 28, Texas Tech 17