NORMAN, Okla – After a devastating loss to Texas in the Cotton Bowl and a scare by Kansas, the Sooners are hoping to find their rhythm against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday.
For the first time this season, OU will take on an opponent that is ranked higher in the polls as it meets the undefeated Red Raiders on Owen Field.
No. 9 Texas Tech is coming off a 37-27 win over West Virginia, while the Sooners hashed it out with Kansas for a 34-19 win.
Texas Tech’s undefeated status is thanks in part to its high-powered offense that will surely put the Sooner defense to the test.
The Red Raiders are second in the country in passing offense, averaging 416.4 yards per game.
Tech will be firing against a young, but extremely efficient defense.
In fact, OU’s defense has held opponents to just 149.7 yards of offense per game this year, making it the best pass defense in the country.
In his last game, quarterback Davis Webb became the first Texas Tech freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in his first two starts.
In last week’s game against West Virginia, Webb threw for 462 yards and two touchdowns to tight end Jace Amaro.
In addition to the pass, Tech also scored on the ground with two touchdowns coming from running back Kenny Williams.
Texas Tech coaches are expecting the Sooner defense to try and break up passes and cash in on turnovers.
Last week, two fumbles cost them the lead by halftime.
The Sooner defense will likely have their eyes on Amaro, who has recorded at least eight receptions in the last six games.
Also, the defensive line, led by Eric Striker and Charles Tapper, will be tasked with rattling the freshman quarterback.
Stoops has already said that a lot of the pressure will be on the Sooner offense to stay on the field and take advantage of every snap.
Quarterback Blake Bell must be consistent in passes to receivers Sterling Shepard, Jalen Saunders and Jaz Reynolds.
The Sooners will also try and wear down the Raiders’ defense through the run game behind Damien Williams and Roy Finch.
Either way, both teams stress that it will likely be a hard-fought battle to the finish.
However, OU head coach Bob Stoops hopes the Sooners will be able to use one weapon that Texas Tech will not possess.
The excitement of the crowd.
Stoops says he is hoping the crowd will be able to recreate the atmosphere that was seen during the game against Texas Tech in 2008.
OU will take on Texas Tech at Gaylord Family- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on Fox.