Kickoff: 7 PM CT
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium (Lubbock, Texas)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Twitter: Follow @HeartlandPokes for live-tweets during the game
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are a top-10 team in the nation, and as the season is nearing the end, the Cowboys are playing their best football. Last week, the Cowboys crushed the Texas Christian Horned Frogs in a 63-17 bloodbath where the defense put on an absolute clinic and the offense really came alive.
Today, the Cowboys travel to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who have had an up and down season but are currently sitting at 6th in the Big 12 with a 6-4 record. The Red Raiders have lost some tough games against Texas, TCU, Kansas State, and Oklahoma, but they have a couple of nice wins against Houston and Iowa State, so they’re capable of playing some good football.
Today’s matchup features one of the nation’s top defenses against an above-average offense. The Red Raiders average 274.7 passing yards per game, good for 26th in the nation, and 165.9 rushing yards per game, which is 66th in the nation. Oklahoma State has held more opponents to under 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing than they have given up that much.
Meanwhile, the Cowboy offense has been on a roll the last few weeks. Oklahoma State is averaging 47.3 points and 500.7 yards of offense over the last 3 games, while Texas Tech gives up 406 yards per game on the season, including 135.6 rushing yards per game. If the Cowboys can get the run game going early, thus opening up the pass game as well, this could turn into a blowout.
Staff Score Predictions
|Craig||38-10 Oklahoma State|
|Matt||33-25 Oklahoma State|
|Rich||42-21 Oklahoma State|
|Zack||38-17 Oklahoma State|
A Win Today Would…
- Keep OSU on top of the 2021 Big 12 standings and could secure a spot in the Big 12 title game.
- Mark the 10th 10-win season in program history and the seventh since 2010.
- Make OSU 10-1 or better for the first time since 2015 and for the fifth time in the Mike Gundy era.
- Give OSU wins in 12 of the past 13 games and 18 of the past 22 games, dating back to the 2020 season.
- Make OSU 5-1 in its past six away games.
- Make OSU 11-2 in the last 13 games vs. Texas Tech, and 6-1 in the last seven in Lubbock.
- Make the Cowboys 23-23-3 all-time vs. Texas Tech and 8-13-2 vs. TTU in Lubbock.
- Improve Mike Gundy’s career record vs. Texas Tech to 13-4.
Notable Streaks and Trends Entering the Game
- OSU is averaging 47.3 points and 500.7 yards of offense in its last three games.
- OSU has surrendered only one offensive touchdown in the last 12 quarters.
- OSU has held five of its last eight opponents under 100 yards rushing.
- OSU has held six of its last seven opponents under 200 yards passing.
- OSU has held 19 of its last 21 Big 12 opponents under their season scoring average.
- OSU has won 78 consecutive games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points, dating back to Sept. 13, 2003 – the longest active stretch of time in the FBS and longest since at least 1980.
- OSU has held its opponent scoreless on its game-opening drive in 21 of its last 27 games.
- OSU has held its opponent to less than a 50 percent third down conversion rate in 21 straight games.
- OSU has held its opponent to fewer than 20 first downs in nine straight games.
- Malcolm Rodriguez has recorded at least five tackles in 18 straight games.
- Tay Martin has a touchdown reception in three of his last four games.
- OSU is 30-11 in its last 41 games decided by fewer than 10 points.
- OSU is 38-6 in its last 44 games when leading at halftime, dating back to Sept. 17, 2016.
- Dating back to 2005, OSU is 42-4 when not committing a turnover.
- Dating back to 2008, OSU is 68-8 when winning the turnover battle.
- OSU has won three of its last four overtime games.
- OSU has forced 22 turnovers in its past 14 games.