The Texas Tech Red Raiders and No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys will square off on the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium. The matchup will get going at 7:00 p.m. ET and interested parties can view the action live on FS1.
Betting Preview: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
In this Saturday Big 12 game, Oklahoma State is projected as the big favorite and is currently giving up 13 points. The Red Raiders are also receiving +375 moneyline odds while the Cowboys are -550. There might be some good live betting opportunities during this game, and oddsmakers have placed the over/under (O/U) sky-high at 79.5 points.
The sharp action is siding with the Cowboys, as the opening line was -12. The over/under has yet to move after it was initially posted at 79.5.
The Red Raiders are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) and have gained 0.0 units this season. The team’s posted an Over-Under record of 3-0.
The Cowboys are up 1.0 unit in 2018. The team is 2-1 ATS and has an O/U record of 1-1.
The Red Raiders are 2-1 straight up (SU) and they haven’t faced any Big 12 competition yet. The Cowboys are 3-0 SU overall and are also 0-0 SU in conference play.
The Red Raiders are trying to maintain momentum after a solid 63-49 win over Houston last week in which Alan Bowman completed 43-of-59 passes for 605 yards and five touchdowns. Ta’Zhawn Henry (111 yards on 24 rush attempts, four TDs) led the ground attack in the win while Antoine Wesley (13 receptions, 261 yards, three TDs) and Ja’Deion High (seven catches, 120 yards) shared the receiving duties.
Oklahoma State just got a 44-21 win over Boise State. The defensive secondary allowed the Broncos to air it out for 380 yards and three touchdowns. A.J. Richardson had a productive showing in the loss for Boise State, recording 70 yards on six catches. For Oklahoma State, Taylor Cornelius completed 15-of-26 passes for 243 yards and one touchdown. Cornelius (41 yards on 16 rush attempts, two TDs) and Justice Hill (123 yards on 15 carries, one TD) spearheaded the ground game in the win as Dillon Stoner (five receptions, 68 yards, one TD) and Tylan Wallace (five catches, 105 yards) led all Oklahoma State pass-catchers.
Texas Tech has run the ball on 46.6 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Oklahoma State has a rush percentage of 55.8 percent. The Red Raiders have rushed for 175.7 yards per game and have 13 scores via handoffs this year. The Cowboys are logging 257.7 rush yards per game and have 10 total rushing TDs.
It seems like the Cowboys should own the edge when it comes to RB efficiency. Their backfield has logged 5.7 yards per carry while their defense is allowing 2.1 YPC to opponents. The Red Raiders have tallied 4.0 yards per carry while allowing a YPC of 4.4 to opponents.
The Red Raiders offense has tallied a superb 448.7 yards/game through the air overall and has nine passing scores so far. The Cowboys have recorded 333.3 pass yards per contest and have eight total pass TDs.
Texas Tech has let opponents rush for an average of 161.7 yards and pass for 292.7 yards per game. The Oklahoma State defense has allowed 222.0 yards per game to opposing passers and 74.0 yards per game on the ground. The Cowboys are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 4.87 to opposing QBs, while the Red Raiders have given up a 7.04 ANY/A.
Passing-wise, Bowman has already put up 878 yards this season. He’s completed 67 percent of his 108 attempts with six scores through the air and has yet to throw an interception. He has a 9.07 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 11.98 over the last two games.
For the home team, Taylor Cornelius has completed 40-of-61 passes for 543 yards, six TDs and one INT. Cornelius’ ANY/A sits at 9.11 for the season and 7.92 over his last two outings.
When these two programs met a year ago, Oklahoma State won by a touchdown 41-34.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys NCAA Prediction
SU Winner: Texas Tech, ATS Winner: Texas Tech, O/U: Under