Oklahoma Sooners (6-3) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +13 -- Over/Under: 62
The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders play Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The Oklahoma Sooners have lost three of their last five games and have sealed their fate for a playoff spot or Big 12 title. Offensively, Trevor Knight and Sterling Shepard remain questionable due to injuries. If Knight isn’t able to go, freshman Cody Thomas will get the nod, and he’s completing 43.8 percent of his passes for zero touchdowns and one pick in limited playing time. Oklahoma has 18 passing plays of 25 or more yards and all of them have come when Knight is the QB. Shepard leads OU in receiving yards despite not playing last week, while Durron Neal and K.J. Young have combined for more than 600 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma’s ground game is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, as Samaje Perine leads the way with 788 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Keith Ford returned to action last week. Defensively, the Oklahoma Sooners are allowing 24.7 points, 401.4 yards, and they’ve forced 16 turnovers and 23 sacks. Dominique Alexander leads Oklahoma with 79 tackles and Eric Striker has 9.5 tackles for loss.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost six of their last seven games and have had two weeks to prepare for this contest. Texas Tech’s defense is the main reason for the struggles, as it’s allowing 41.6 points, 502.1 yards, and has forced 10 turnovers and 18 sacks. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have allowed 30-plus points in 12 of their last 14 regular games. Pete Robertson leads Texas Tech with 63 tackles and Branden Jackson has seven tackles for loss. Offensively, Davis Webb, who is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, is questionable with an ankle injury. Webb has eight touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and Texas Tech has 23 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez have combined for more than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Devin Lauderdale has nine of his 20 receptions in his last two games. Texas Tech’s ground game is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, as DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton have produced more than 1,100 rushing yards.
The Sooners are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Sooners are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings, while the home team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
With or without Knight, the Oklahoma Sooners are by far the better team on both sides of the ball and will simply ware down the softer Red Raiders. Getting this line just under two touchdowns seems to be the pick.