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Game Week: Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

Wondering whatever happened to . . .

1. Who is the opponent? The Oklahoma Sooners (3-2, 2-2) are next on the schedule, with wins over Missouri State, a rare home loss to Kansas State, a second straight loss to Iowa State on the road, and then followed up by two wins, one over Texas and last week against TCU.

2. What is the time and date of game? October 31st at 7:00 p.m.

3. How do I watch or stream this game? The game is on FOX prime time with the game being presumably streamed on FOXSportsGO.

4. What’s the opening line? Via OddsShark, the line has not posted there, but on other sites Oklahoma is a 15 point favorite to start the week.

5. Scattershooting, while wondering what ever happened to . . . James Garner. Garner was born in Denver, Oklahoma, but moved to California where he had most of his formative years, including becoming a merchant mariner at 16, enlisting in the California Army National Guard and then spent 14 months in Korea as a rifleman, including receiving a Purple Heart Medal. Garner got his big break as Bret maverick in the TV series Maverick. I mostly remember Garner from The Rockford Files. Garner endowed the James Garner Chair in the School of Drama at Oklahoma and attended many Sooner games. Garner died in 2014 . . . Of course this all starts with the former Red Raider quarterback Lincoln Riley. I always tend to think that Oklahoma let Bob Stoops retire a bit earlier than they wanted because they maybe sensed that Texas Tech would be looking for a new head coach and they didn’t want Riley going anywhere (this is my opinion and I have no proof of that) . Riley is a fantastic play-caller and maybe the best quarterback developer behind Kliff Kingsbury . . . Alex Grinch is the defensive coordinator, coming from Washington State where he had tremendous success under Mike Leach. Grinch runs a 3-3-5 defense, like almost everyone else at this point . . . Shane Beamer is the assistant head coach and tight end coach, son of legendary Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer . . . Bill Bedenbaugh is maybe the best offensive line coach in the Big 12 and maybe the nation. He continually churns out talented offensive lines on a regular basis . . . Dennis Simmons had a cup of coffee at Texas Tech and is another associate head coach and outside receivers coach and the talented wide receivers to roll through Norman is also impressive . . . Former Texas Tech strength coach Bennie Wylie is the strength coach now and I don’t know if he’s been there long enough to know if that’s going to work. Wylie was out of the college coaching circuit for a few years after taking the Texas job a few years ago and that didn’t pan out . . .

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