Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-5, 2-4)
Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-2, 5-1)
When: Saturday, November 12th at 2:30 pm
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium; Stillwater, Oklahoma
TV/Stream: FS1 (FOX Sports Go)
Radio/Stream: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
What Happened Last Week
Oklahoma State went into Manhattan and beat Kansas state by 6 and I think we all know how difficult that is. OSU opened up the year with a loss to Baylor in Waco, but since then, they have been on a roll, beating Texas, Iowa State, Kansas, West Virginia and Kansas State. Oklahoma State might be the second best team in the Big 12 right now and if things go according to plan, that should be a fantastic Bedlam game in December between OU and OSU.
Players to Watch
1. QB Mason Rudolph (6-5/235): Rudolph has completed 65% of his passes for 2,989 yards, 9.1 yards per attempt, 22 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. And Rudolph just got done throwing for 457 yards against Kansas State in Manhattan, completing 29 of 38 with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He should be sufficiently warned up Texas Tech’s defense. And Rudolph really doesn’t throw interceptions at home, only throwing 1 pick with 17 touchdowns.
2. WR James Washington (6-0/205): Washington is a true #1 receiver. He’s had a monster game against Pitt, 296 yards on just 9 catches, and he’s also had 4 games over 100 yards, but he also had over 100 yards the last two games, 117 yards each game and 2 touchdowns against Kansas State. Someone had better be ready to cover him.
3. LB Chad Whitener (6-0/248): Whitener is 3rd on the team with nearly 6 tackles a game. At nearly 250 pounds, Whitener also has 5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 4 passes broken up and I’d guess that he’s the guy that’s going to try to stuff Da’Leon Ward.
4. CB Ramon Richards (5-11/185): Richards is the team’s best corner and we really haven’t seen a big-time cornerback and I’ll be interested to see who he lines up against, as he’ll have to choose between Derrick Willies and Dylan Cantrell. Richards has 45 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 pass break-ups, 2 tackles for a loss and a fumble return. That’s filling up the statsheet.
The Early Line
Via OddsShark, the line opened up at with Oklahoma State favored by11 and immediately moved to 12. That does not bode well for Texas Tech, but neither does playing in Stillwater, where it seems that Texas Tech hasn’t won there in a decade (it probably hasn’t been that long, but it’s been a while).