The Primer: Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech

Date: October 31, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium | Lubbock, Texas
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 20% Chance of Rain, High 64, Low 44
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Vegas: The line opened with Texas Tech getting 1 and now Texas Tech is getting 3 by all of the books (via OddsShark)
Official Site Release: Texas Tech

Last Week: Oklahoma State throttled Kansas (ESPN box score) at home for their homecoming. And good thoughts to the families that were affected by that horrific crash during the homecoming parade. I just can’t even imagine. Back to the game, the Cowboys only allowed 30 rushing yards on the day and 191 through the air. Mason Rudolph threw for 305 yards and a touchdown, while J.W. Walsh threw for 68 more yards and 2 touchdowns. The OSU running attack was pretty good overall, although they ran 47 times for 202 yards, no player had more than 51 yards on the day.

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What’s at Stake: Oklahoma State is undefeated and it seems like it’s been years since Texas Tech has been able to get a win, either in Stillwater or in Lubbock. Texas Tech is coming off of a pretty lousy game against Oklahoma. It’s also going to be interesting as the top four teams all play each other the last four weeks of the season

Four Key Players:

  1. QB Mason Rudolph (6-4/220): Rudolph hasn’t been as totally awesome as maybe they thought before the year, but he’s been pretty good, completing 64% of his passes for 314 yards a game with 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The interceptions has been the toughest thing, I’m guessing. Walsh has spelled Rudolph and will come in down in the redzone and he’s completing 78% of his passes and has 7 touchdowns and no picks.
  2. WR David Glidden (5-8/185): There really isn’t just a dominating receiver, and that might be part of the problem with Rudolph. Glidden is the best of the bunch, with 34 catches, 548 yards for 16 yards a catch and 3 touchdowns.
  3. DE Emmanuel Ogbah (6-4/275): Ogbah is incredibly athletic and he makes a ton of plays. For the year, Ogbah has 34 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks on the year. Go ahead and add 12 quarterback hurries and 2 forced fumbles and you have an All-American on your hands.
  4. FS Jordan Sterns (6-1/205): Sterns leads the team with 57 tackles and 2 passes broken up. He doesn’t get his hands on the football, but I’d guess that he’s one of the better players on the team.

Miscellaneous: Maybe the most troubling stat for Texas Tech fans is that OSU is converting 95% of their redzone opportunities. I haven’t looked to see what it is as far as touchdowns, but I’d guess that it’s pretty high and that’s a problem for Texas Tech . . . Oklahoma State hasn’t been as explosive on offense this year, only going for about 150 yards a game and that’s 96th in the nation . . . the defense though has been fantastic, ranking 21st overall, but against the lone offensive minded team, West Virginia, they allowed 443 yards . . .

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