Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Game Preview

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Another playoff appearance and Heisman Trophy appear on the way for the Oklahoma Sooners this year. After winning the last two consecutive Heisman’s and making the playoff as well, Jalen Hurts has the Sooners on track to repeat. They take the field against a Texas Tech team looking to rebound from their loss against Arizona. Stopping Khalil Tate proved to be difficult for the Red Raiders, and Hurts gives them a much steeper test.

Date: September 28, 2019
How to watch: FOX
Start time: 11:00am CT
Line: Oklahoma -27.5
Location: Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK)


Oklahoma Sooners players to watch

QB Jalen Hurts (880 yds pass, 9 TD – 0 INT, 373 yds rush, 4 TD)
RB Trey Sermon (198 yards rushing, 1 TD)
WR CeeDee Lamb (229 yards receiving, 3 TD)
LB Kenneth Murray (22 tackles, 3.0 TFL)

Texas Tech Red Raiders players to watch

WR TJ Vasher (246 yards receiving, 2 TD)
RB Ta’Zhawn Henry (159 total yards, 1 TD)
LB Jordyn Brooks (35 tackles, 5.5 TFL)
S Douglas Coleman (20 tackles, 2 INT)

Oklahoma Sooners keys to the game

  • Big time Hurts
  • Pressure, pressure, pressure
  • Need for speed

Texas Tech Red Raiders keys to the game

  • Shootout or not, keep it close
  • Limit mental mistakes
  • Ball security

Why the Oklahoma Sooners win

Jalen Hurts inserted his name into the Heisman Trophy conversation right away, and it looks like he’ll have another huge game. Oklahoma’s on fire right now, and no one’s been close to stopping their offense. CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo give the Red Raiders issues on the outside, and it’s tough to see them both being shut down in the same game. If they’re covered, Hurts will be able to run the ball. There aren’t many scenarios that show the Sooners losing this game.

Why Texas Tech wins

Losing Alan Bowman really put a damper on things for the Red Raiders offense, but the new quarterback has options at the skill positions. TJ Vasher gives them a receiver with great length, and he’ll give Oklahoma’s secondary problems. If Texas Tech wants to get into a shootout with Oklahoma, go for it. It’s not the most recommended strategy. However, if they can keep it close, it doesn’t matter what kind of game it ends up being.

Prediction

Like we said, there aren’t many scenarios where Oklahoma loses this one. Especially without Alan Bowman running the Red Raiders offense. Hurts and the Sooners are on a mission, and it’s unlikely many Big 12 teams give them any trouble. OKLAHOMA 56 TEXAS TECH 21

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