The Oklahoma State Cowboys began the season with high hopes that included a possible national title. It looks as if the Cowboys are likely out of the national title race, but they are still 6-1 and very much alive in the Big 12 title race. Oklahoma State will be poised to make a run at the title with three ranked teams left on the schedule.
On the other side of the field, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are coming off their first loss of the season at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas Tech has been a completely different program with Kliff Kingsbury at the helm and it will also be looking to continue its Big 12 title hopes.
Oklahoma State is one of those teams that has been searching for an answer at quarterback all season long. J.W. Walsh has been starting all season long, but Clint Chelf got a shot in week nine and seemingly blew his opportunity, completing just 10 of 26 passes for 78 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Walsh has 1,324 yards and nine touchdowns on the season with a near-60 percent completion rate. Josh Stewart hasn’t quite played up to his potential this year, catching 34 passes for 483 yards and two scores — he is one of the best wide outs in the nation.
Texas Tech is looking like a serious contender in the conference and it’s been a while since something like that has been said about this team. The Red Raiders have been led by two of the most talented freshmen in the nation this year at quarterback in Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. Mayfield had played in the first five games of the season, passing for 1,488 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for over 100 yards and two rushing scores. Webb has passed for 1,812 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year while playing in all but the first game of the year. Wide out Jace Amaro has thrived from the quarterbacking success that Texas Tech has had, catching 64 passes for 861 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Texas Tech ranks 26th in keeping teams out of the endzone, giving up just 21.1 points per game, while ranking 40th in the nation in yards allowed per game. Oklahoma State ranks 19th in yards allowed per game as well as 32nd in points allowed per game in the country.
Oklahoma State will travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 30, Texas Tech 37