No. 15 Texas Tech is back in town for this weekend’s marquee Big 12 matchup. No. 18 Oklahoma State looks to keep their conference title hopes alive by knocking off the Red Raiders, while Kliff Kingsbury’s guys try to rebound from a close loss in Oklahoma last week by sticking it to a team that’s won the last two matchups by a combined 98 points.
Here’s our Bold Predictions for tomorrow’s game:
Shelby: The boys are going to come out hungry.
- Prime-time matchup, blackout, Raiderville, two days after Halloween; I think about a third of the student section will be in costume. Plus, Kliff is offering cash prizes!
- After making a huge contribution a week ago in Norman, Eric Ward will have another great game…better than his season averages (5.75 catches, 67.6 yards, 0.6 touchdowns per game).
Final score: 42-28 Tech
Austin: Kliff Kingsbury wants it to get weird and it will.
- Oklahoma State sits at 26th in the Nation giving up only 326 yards per game, and Tech will have to have more yards than that to win this game. Texas Tech averages 537 yards a game, and I think they can get away with only getting 400+ yards as Oklahoma States offense hasn’t been as potent as usual.
- I want to see how the Red Raiders respond to their first loss under Kingsbury. They’ve said all the right things, and seem upbeat and ready to learn from their mistakes, so how do they do that? Texas Tech is going to protect the ball. They’ll have 1 TO or fewer this week.
Final Score: The last time Oklahoma State played a night game in Lubbock a top 10 ranked Cowboy squad had a weird outing (like having the bus driver take them to LISD’s High School field instead of Jones Stadium) and Graham Harrell and co. outgunned them 56-20. These Red Raiders might not be as good, but the Cowboys don’t seem to be either.
49-45 Texas Tech
Robert: Give the ball away and you give the game away.
- The Red Raiders haven’t gone a game since opening weekend against SMU without turning the ball over at least once. Between two freshman quarterbacks, special teams gaffes and the occasional fumble, Tech averages more than two giveaways per contest. Couple that with Xerox’s 12 takeaways in the last three weeks and I’m betting right at two turnovers for the Red Raiders.
- There’s a decent amount of buzz around this game on the local and national levels. Tech announced Wednesday night the game is officially sold out, and Raiderville has been going since Monday afternoon, albeit with a population of less than 100 (we had 4,000+ in 2010). This game may be a “sellout,” but I don’t think the stands will be full at kickoff.
Final score: At home, Tech’s defense allows just 16.25 points per game, but that was to teams like SFA, TCU and Iowa State. I think Tech’s inability to take care of the football and Oklahoma State’s penchant for taking it away will wipe out any kind of strong showing the Red Raider defense may be able to put together in front of the home crowd.
30-29, Oklahoma State (can’t wait to be wrong)
There you go, folks. Locked and loaded. Leave us your Bold Predictions in the comments section, #WreckOSU and #LetsGetWeird tomorrow.