Beginning the season as an unranked team with no respect given to them, the Texas Tech Red Raiders have proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the wide open Big 12. Kliff Kingsbury has this team ranked in the top-10 and heading into week nine with a 7-0 record — both of which no one saw coming.
On the other side of the field, the Oklahoma Sooners have been solid this season, but lost a tough game to the Texas Longhorns two weeks ago in the Red River Rivalry. If they can rebound and beat up on some teams and maybe hand the Red Raiders their first loss of the season, the Sooners will likely be racing toward a conference title.
Texas Tech is led by one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation in Baker Mayfield as he has been solid in his five games of play. However, the freshman quarterback has been injured for the past two weeks and another solid freshman has stepped up to take the reigns in Davis Webb. He has 1,427 yards and 11 touchdowns in his limited time this season. The two freshman quarterbacks combine to give the Red Raiders the second-best passing offense in college football. Wide receiver Jace Amaro could be the top weapon on offense, catching 56 passes for 742 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma has one of the best run games in the nation, but the passing attack has struggled recently. Seemingly a huge upgrade in the pass game, Blake Bell has filled in for freshman dual-threat Trevor Knight and done a great job. Bell has 1,099 yards and eight passing touchdowns on the season while Knight struggled with accuracy. Brennan Clay and Damien Williams combine to give the Sooners the 17th best run game in the nation with 811 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the Sooners rank ninth in the nation in points allowed per game while ranking sixth in the nation in yards allowed per game — this is one of the best overall defenses in college football. Texas Tech ranks 16th in the nation in points allowed per game while ranking 25th in the nation in yards allowed per game.
Texas Tech will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: Texas Tech 28, Oklahoma 32