TEXAS TECH VS. OKLAHOMA PREVIEW: Can Red Raiders slow down Kyler Murray?
Texas Tech hosts No. 7 Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Sooners are a 13-point favorite and ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives the Sooners a 71.9-percent chance to win.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR Antoine Wesley continued to be a force for the Red Raiders offense against Iowa State. He caught 8 passes for 119 yards and a TD. He’s holding steady at third nationally with 977 receiving yards so far this season.
QB Alan Bowman had a rough outing against Iowa State as he gave up three costly interceptions. But he still passed for 323 yards and an interception. Texas Tech needs his completion percentage (57 percent versus the Cyclones) to come up to have success against Oklahoma.
LB Riko Jeffers got more snaps when fellow LB Jordyn Brooks was ejected for targeting in the first half against Iowa State. Jeffers made the most of it as he posted 11 total tackles with a sack and a forced fumble that resulted in a Dakota Allen recovery for a touchdown.
DT Joseph Wallace was active against Iowa State as he had a sack for a loss of seven yards. He also drew one of those dreaded roughing-the-passer penalties when he was blocked to the ground and managed to get to Cyclones QB Brock Purdy’s legs.
SERIES HISTORY: Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 19-6. The Red Raiders split the eight meetings from 2004-2011, but the Sooners have won six straight since then.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Just how fortunate you feel to be on the field with that many NFL players on both sides. You look at the names and what they’re doing on Sundays right now and it’s incredible. Guys playing on an elite level already early in their careers and they’re all out there on one particular night all making plays that night.” Kliff Kingsbury, reflecting on the Red Raiders vs. Sooners shootout in 2016, which Oklahoma won 66-59.
KEY MATCHUP: Texas Tech LBs vs. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. Texas Tech has played its share of mobile quarterbacks this season, but probably none as accomplished as Murray. Red Raider LBs Dakota Allen, Jordyn Brooks and Riko Jeffers are all having outstanding seasons, but they’ll need to up their games even more to slow down the Sooners’ QB.
--LB Jordyn Brooks was ejected from the Iowa State game for targeting. The ejection came early in the second quarter, so Brooks will be eligible to play the full game against Oklahoma this week.
--RB Da’Leon Ward has been sidelined most of the season with a groin injury suffered in the Ole Miss game. He played briefly against TCU, but missed the Kansas game. He returned to action as the Red Raiders’ primary rusher against Iowa State.
--RB Tre King missed the Iowa State game dealing with an undisclosed illness or injury. Kingsbury said King possibly could have played against the Cyclones, but was held out for precautionary reasons. King will be a game-time decision against Oklahoma.
--DE Tony Jones exited the TCU game with a lower-leg injury and missed the Kansas game. He returned to action against Iowa State and had four tackles, including a TFL.