Texas Tech is visiting Oklahoma State after after losing a shootout to Kansas State. Oklahoma State, on the other hand, made a statement against Baylor on the road last week. This could be another shootout for both teams too, which should make it an interesting matchup. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State Odds
Oklahoma State comes into this game as a 9-point home favorite while also being at -325 on the money line. The over/under is also at 70. Oklahoma State being favored by that much means oddsmakers are respecting Texas Tech a lot so far this year. Oklahoma State might be the best team in the Big 12, but Texas Tech has shown a lot of fight this year. The number that makes a lot of sense is the over/under. Being at 70, it may seem high, but these offenses are both very explosive. Expect a typical Big 12 shootout here and because of that the total makes a lot of sense.
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State Prediction
The Pick: Oklahoma State -9
The Cowboys have been playing like the best team in the Big 12 up to this point in the season. They just made a statement on the road against the defending Big 12 champions too. They are being lead by their offense and averaging 48 points and 478 total yards a game across the four games they’ve played so far. Spencer Sanders has lead the way in particular at the quarterback position. He leads this high-scoring Cowboys offense and has improved significantly from last year. Last year, he was very inconsistent and was sometimes the difference between Oklahoma State losing and winning games all on his own. The difference, at least so far, has been night and day with Sanders’ being extremely consistent at the quarterback position. Texas Tech has had a bit of a roller coaster season up to this point. Joey McGuire has infused a good amount of energy into the program, with getting huge wins against Houston and Texas, but also having losses against NC State and Kansas State just last week. The Red Raiders clearly seem to be headed in the right direction under McGuire, but aren’t there yet in year 1. Take the Cowboys here, the Red Raiders are close, but not there yet and are in a bad spot against the potential Big 12 favorites.
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State Key Matchups
Can the Texas Tech secondary slow down Spencer Sanders at all? Will Donovan Smith be able to take advantage of the Oklahoma State secondary?
Spencer Sanders vs the Texas Tech Secondary
Spencer Sanders has improved a lot since last year. He has 1,097 passing yards on the year with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has a 66% completion percentage. His best game was on Week 1 when he passed for 406 yards and had four touchdowns. Sanders is the key for the Cowboys offense and is what makes them go. The Texas Tech passing defense has given up 205 passing yards a game up to this point, with the most coming against Texas at 277 passing yards. Spencer Sanders is the key for the Cowboys, and if the Red Raiders can do anything to slow him down they have a chance.
Donovan Smith vs the Oklahoma State Secondary
Donovan Smith is still the starter at quarterback for the Red Raiders since Tyler Shough is still out with an injury. He has 1,475 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has a 67% completion percentage. Smith has been decent in Shough’s place, but has had issues with turnovers. His best game was last week against Kansas State when he threw for 359 yards. Smith has had a tendency to turn the ball over, so if he can fix that the Red Raiders have a shot here, but Oklahoma State’s defense has been better than it started.
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