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October 25, 2013

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State Football Preview Capsules


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Oklahoma City —

No. 10 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) 

at No. 17 Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1), 3:30 p.m. (FOX)

Line: Oklahoma by 6  1/2.

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 14-6.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Texas Tech has shot to the top of the Big 12 under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, though Saturday will mark its most difficult test so far. The Red Raiders, who are 1-6 in Norman against Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, begin a difficult four-week stretch against the Sooners — who hope to jump back into the conference title race with a win. 

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma’s secondary vs. Texas Tech quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. The Sooners lead the country in pass defense — allowing an average of 149.7 yards per game. Mayfield and Webb, meanwhile, lead a Raiders’ offense that is second in passing offense with an average of 416.4 yards per game through the air.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas Tech: QBs Mayfield and Webb. Mayfield was the starter for Texas Tech’s high-powered offense before a knee injury on Oct. 5 against Kansas sidelined him. The freshman has completed 132 of 201 passes (65.7 percent) for 1,488 yards this season. Since then, Webb — also a freshman — has stepped in and not missed a beat, throwing for 462 yards in last week’s come-from-behind win over West Virginia. Kingsbury has declined to name a starter against the Sooners.

Oklahoma:  CB Aaron Colvin.  One of the nation’s best defensive backs, he has 32 tackles, five behind the line of scrimmage, and has broken up three passes. He might see duty on Red Raiders TE Jace Amaro.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stoops, with a 155-38 record at Oklahoma, is three wins away from passing former Sooners coach Barry Switzer for the most coaching victories in school history ... Stoops is 15-2 at home against ranked opponents ... The only other ranked team Texas Tech has faced this season was then-No. 24 TCU on Sept. 12 ... Red Raiders TE Jace Amaro leads the Big 12 with an average of 8 catches per game. The junior has 56 catches for 861 yards this season, including a 9-catch, 136-yard effort last week.

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No. 19 Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) 

at Iowa State (1-5, 0-3); 11 a.m. (FSN)

Series record:  Oklahoma State leads 26-18-3.

Line: Oklahoma State by 13.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Oklahoma State need to win to keep pace with Texas Tech, Texas and Baylor, all of whom enter the weekend unbeaten in the Big 12. The Cyclones have to win five of their last six games to be bowl eligible for the fourth time under coach Paul Rhoads.

KEY MATCHUP

Iowa State’s defensive line vs. Oklahoma State’s offensive line. The Cowboys haven’t announced whether J.W Walsh or Clint Chelf will start at quarterback, but neither of them will be very effective if the line can’t protect them. Iowa State hasn’t been great at getting at the quarterback though, with just 10 sacks through six games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma State: WR Josh Stewart. He had 265 yards in last week’s win over TCU, including a 95-yard punt return for a score. Stewart’s prowess as a returner could help spark Oklahoma State’s offense, which struggled against the Horned Frogs.

Iowa State: QB Sam Richardson. He was pulled for the first time in last week’s 71-7 loss to Baylor. Richardson will start against the Cowboys, but a rough showing could quickly land him back on the bench.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma State, which has ranked in the top three nationally in scoring every year since 2010, has scored 24 points or less three times in six games...Iowa State is last in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 36.7 points a game after allowing 113 points in its last two outings ... Oklahoma State would be bowl eligible for the eighth year in a row if it beats Iowa State ... Four of Iowa State’s five losses were by eight points or less.