It can be argued, that over the course of the last decade no one in the Big 12 has been a bigger pain in the side for the Oklahoma Sooners than the Texas Tech Red Raiders. True, Texas has beaten the Sooners 5 times since 2004, while the Red Raiders have only won 4 times, but that is only because of Texas’ win in the Red River Rivalry earlier this month. Since 2004, the Red Raiders and Sooners have alternated wins each year with Texas Tech winning in 05, 07, 09, and 11 and the Sooners winning in 04, 06, 08, 10, and 2012.
That would seem to set the Red Raiders up perfectly for a win this year right? After all, it was the Red Raiders who snapped OU’s 39 game home win streak in 2011 with a team who wound up missing out on a bowl game. The all-time record in this series dates back to 1992, with the Red Raiders and Sooners playing every year until now except for 1995. The Sooners lead the all time series 14-6, but the two teams are just 4-4 against each other in the last 8 years.
- The largest win by the Red Raiders came in a 41-13 route in 2009 in Lubbock, while the Sooners largest victory came in a 60-15 mauling of the Red Raiders in 2002.
- That 45 point defeat doesn’t hurt anywhere near as bad as the 2008 loss, where a #2 Red Raider squad met easily the most amped up stadium I’ve ever witnessed. If you were to make a horror story of Texas Tech losses, the theme song would easily be “Jump Around, Jump Around” with the entire Oklahoma football team and their fans celebrating a slow and painful death for the Red Raiders. With Texas Tech coming off blowout wins against # 23 Kansas ( 63-21) and # 9 Oklahoma State (56-20) sandwiched around the upset of # 1 Texas, they walked into a buzz saw in Norman, Oklahoma as the Sooners raced out to a 42-7 halftime lead and cruised from there.
- On the flip side of that, ask any Oklahoma diehard ” if they are in” and watch them spin into a tornado of anger that you’ve never seen before. Of course I’m referring to Taurean Hendersons dive into the endzone as time expired in 2005. Was he in? Was he out? The refs said he was in and that’s good enough for me.
- Oklahoma has been ranked in 14 of the 20 games they have played against Texas Tech, while the Red Raiders have only been ranked 3 times. In games where OU is ranked, Tech is 2-12, but against unranked Oklahoma squads the Red Raiders are 4-2. Just take a look at the Top 25 polls this week…. No Oklahoma? Good news for the Red Raiders.
- Texas Tech has only been ranked 3 times, where they are 1-2 against the Sooners. Number 4 is coming up Saturday.