NCAA Football Odds Oklahoma at Texas Tech

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 22, 2016 in

The Oklahoma Sooners look to stay on the path toward a Big 12 championship when they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders out in Lubbock on Saturday night. The Sooners come in riding a three-game winning streak, after barnburner victories over TCU and Texas and then a spanking of Kansas State. Texas Tech took a 48-17 pasting from West Virginia at home in their last game. In 2015, these two teams met in Norman, and the Sooners rolled to a 63-27 rout on their home field. Check out all of our college football betting picks for this weekend.

NCAA Football Odds Oklahoma at Texas Tech

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
TV: FOX
Radio: Texas Tech Red Raider Sports Network / Sooner Sports Radio Network
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go
NCAAF Odds: Oklahoma (-13.5), O/U 56.5

 

Why should you put your money on the Sooners?

Oklahoma’s offense has played just as well as advertised this season, ranking #11 in the nation with 525.5 yards per game and scoring an average of 40.2 points per game. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has continued his strong play from last year, completing 71% of his passes and posting 16 touchdowns against just five picks.

The problem for the Sooners comes on defense. They give up 33 points per game and rank #107 in the nation in passing defense. That explains their loss to Houston in Week 1 and the ease with which Ohio State dispatched the Sooners before OU’s bye week. If the Red Raiders get some momentum going, they could easily hand the Sooners their third loss.

Why should you bet on the Red Raiders?

I would hop right on that Texas Tech bandwagon and take them to cover (if not win straight up) if they hadn’t made a pig’s breakfast out of last week’s matchup against West Virginia. All of the elements of a Red Raider home upset sat right in line: a visiting favorite team that generally underperforms on the road; a visiting team with issues in their secondary. Those usually form the ideal circumstances for a Texas Tech win. However, West Virginia pummeled them on both sides of the ball, limiting an offense that averaged over 600 yards per game on the season to just 379 yards. The Sooner defense, though, has not shown as much starch as the West Virginia defense has, so the Red Raiders should have more room to operate.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Oklahoma to come in and win, but by two touchdowns? That line makes this a tough call. Given the ease with which West Virginia pulled off a rout, I like the Sooners to have similar success. I predict a final score of Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 24.