If you are familiar with the Big 12, or have even watched a game, then you know there are going to be points, and lots of them! It should be no different on October 16th, as the #20 Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0) take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2). A win for Texas Tech here would be huge for them! Tech is currently 2nd to last in the Big 12 South division, and is in need of a conference win. Oklahoma State sits tied for 1st to Oklahoma for the top spot in the South.
Oklahoma State is coming off a win against Louisiana- Lafayette 54-28. The Ragin’ Cajuns gave them a scare, scoring three times in the 2nd quarter, and lead 21-17 at the half. The Cowboys, however, did come back with the help of running back Kendall Hunter and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Hunter ran for 126 yards and a score, while Weeden had 351 yards and 5 touchdown passes.
Texas Tech also pulled out a win last weekend against Big 12 opponent, Baylor. Texas Tech start the game with an onside kick off, which turned out disastrous as it only went 5 yards, and was then picked up by Baylor, who ran it back for six. It was a pretty competitive game, as Baylor gave Tech a scare, but quarterback Taylor Potts lead the way with 462 yards and 4 touchdowns (also one pick).
Now for Week 7, a battle of 2 high-powered offenses. The question is which defense if going to step up and shut down the opponent’s offense? Oklahoma State is 87th in the country in points against, giving up 29.2 a game. Texas Tech is ranked 98th, giving up 31.6 points a game. The key to this game, in my eyes, is going to be, which defensive line can bring more pressure to the quarterback? Make Potts and Weeden work in the pocket to find open receiviers. A huge key to this game is going to be the running game for Oklahoma State. Kendall Hunter averages 6.4 yards a carry and has 9 touchdowns this season. Texas Tech, on the other hand, doesn’t have a big name running back in their backfield. Baron Batch and Eric Stephens, Tech’s leading rushers, have a combined for 473 yards on the ground, while Kendall Hunter has 700 yards by himself. I see Hunter gaining over 120 yards in this game, easily.
In the end, the focus will be on both quarterbacks, Brandon Weeden and Taylor Potts. It may come down to which of these guys plays better. I give the edge to Potts, slightly. Taylor is a team leader and will keep Tech in this game to the end. I see this being close down the stretch, but Oklahoma State will be just a little too tough.
My Prediction: OKST 45 TTU 35
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Written by Corey Adams