Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma Sooners: Big 12 Conference Betting Preview

Texas Tech Red Raiders at No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, 10/22/11, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  ABC
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma -28
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma -28.5
Opening Total:  69.5
Current Total:  69.5
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Big 12 preview
The Oklahoma Sooners have won 39-straight home games entering Saturday

Texas Tech will head to Norman looking to snap a two-game losing streak, coming off home losses to Kansas State and Texas A&M.  “I would say Sunday we were kicking ourselves quite a bit, especially through that film,” commented Red Raiders wide receiver Alex Torres about the seven-point loss to Kansas State.  The team has been one of the more effective ones in the country inside the red zone, scoring touchdowns on 27 of 33 drives.  Texas Tech was handed a 45-7 loss in last year’s meeting with Oklahoma as 16.5-point road underdogs.

The Red Raiders aren’t just about throwing the football these days, amassing 969 rushing yards and averaging 161.5 yards per game.  The amount of yards gained on the ground is the most through six games in over 11 years for the program.  Quarterback Seth Doege is still the main weapon offensively, ranking second nationally in averaging 375 total yards of offense, facing off against another signal-caller in this contest that ranks fourth in that particular category.

Oklahoma will be looking to win its 40th consecutive home game before playing three of its final five games on the road against teams that are or have been ranked this season.    “It’s a tradition.  We can’t lose,” commented Sooners linebacker Jaydan Bird.  “I mean, we can. One day, one bad play.”  During the streak, Oklahoma has outscored foes by 1,128 points, averaging 44.7 points and giving up just 14.6.  Over the last two-plus seasons, the program has tallied a 10-9 ATS mark versus conference opponents, while the ‘under’ is 12-8 in those contests.

The Sooners are led by the pass-catch combination of quarterback Landry Jones and wide receiver Ryan Broyles.  Both have enjoyed record-breaking careers in Norman, especially Broyles in becoming the NCAA’s career leader in receptions.  He has tallied 100-plus yards receiving in 18 of his last 23 games, while grabbing a touchdown catch in 16 of 22.  The offensive line has been a major strength for the team, allowing just three sacks and 25 tackles for loss.  On the defensive end, opponents are completing just 51.3 percent of their passes against the Sooners.  For the season, the unit is allowing just 317.2 yards per game, 15.8 points and 4.6 yards per play from scrimmage.

Bettors will likely back the Sooners due to the home team being 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, while the Red Raiders are 2-7 ATS as a road underdog.

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