- 10/21/2013, 10:36AM ET
OlderthanDirt said 10/21, 10:36 AM
HA!...made ya look...
another edition of prearranged U pick em games for upcoming week....
NO way Tennessee pulls a repeat upset.Bama by bunches
NC State @ FSU.......FSU
UCLA @ Oregon --Quack Quack..Ducks on the ATTACK..probably win by 17
PSU @ OSU...Buckeyes....
SC @ Mizzou..Tigers can't believe I am picking Spurrier to lose back to back weeks.
Stanford @ Oregon State..Stanford
Texas Tech @ OU...Boomer Sooner! have to pick them or put away my OU stuff
Nebraska @ Minnesota..Huskers
Boise State @ BYU..BYU
Michigan State @ Illinois..Spartans
Okay DJ, you know what to do.....
DJ: Lakers=temporary badness said 10/21, 08:37 PM
Okay, I agree with all these, but going with an upset as my 1 difference.
Texas Tech over the Sooners.
It's in Norman, so it'll be a slight upset...despite Tech being ranked a little higher.
The Sooners have looked less than stellar this season, they have had 3 games which lead me to believe the Red Raiders can win this game.
16-7 win against West Virginia. They won, but they could only score 16 points against WV's defense? They allow 29.7 points per game, 84th in the NCAA. TT posted 37 points on that defense.
I know it's a rivalry game, but they lost to a struggling Texas team this season, 36-20.
The 3rd game was last Saturday against Kansas. The Sooners won, 34-19. TT beat down the Jayhawks, 54-16.
The Red Raiders passing attack is averaging 416ypg, 2nd best in the NCAA. Since taking over as the starting QB, Davis Webb has been lights out throwing for close to 900 yards and 5 TD's in the last 2 games.
OU is going to be in trouble in this game and I think TT wins a barnburner, 31-27.
OlderthanDirt said 10/22, 09:11 AM
I figured that was the game you would select, simply to bust my chops about the Sooners.
Have the Sooners played like a top ten team this year, Hell no.
Do they have enought to beat Texas Tech, yes they do.
Texas Tech came to Norman two years ago and busted the Sooner's bubble of NC hopes and ergo, they will NOT take Stoops' Sooners by surprise this year. Bob and the Boys are well aware of the TT team coming in for this weekends game.
OU and TT games for the past decade have all be very competitive and OU realizes they will be in a dogfight come Saturday. I have been listening to sports radio Oklahoma all week and everyone realizes what a huge game this and the Sooners are taking this game very serious. Their hopes of winning the Big 12 starts with this game. TT undefeated will need to suffer a loss and OU is just the team to make that happen.
OU is ready and looks forward to the underdog role at HOME in Norman. Believe me, all the stats you want to dig up going into this game don't mean squat. The stands will be rocking and TT will face a very noisy Gaylord Memorial Stadium.
DJ: Lakers=temporary badness said 10/22, 10:02 AM
OU hasn't faced an offense like Texas Tech. Let's take a look at their opponents, shall we?
La Monroe, 115th in scoring offense
West Virginia, 91st
Notre Dame, 83rd
Something's gonna give in this game and I think the it will be the Sooners defense. I think Webb is going to have a big game.
Texas Tech is +7 at Norman. OU is favored, despite the Raiders being ranked higher.
I have no doubt it will be noisy, but the Raiders have faced that before. Nothing new there really. Every home team has the "noise factor."
This is the best team Texas Tech has had in a long time while this isn't a great OU squad. They are good (they are 6-1), but they are underachieving again under Bob Stoops. The games against WV, TCU and Kansas have to be cause for concern.
The Mountaineers are a bad team. Not like they were led by a great college QB in Geno Smith, he's currently playing for the Jets (lucky for the Sooners or that would have been a loss). WV's defense is 84th, allowing 29.7ppg. The Sooners offense struggled big time.
OlderthanDirt said 10/23, 09:11 AM
Before anyone gets too light headed with all the scoring Texas Tech has done this year you should at least look at WHO they scored against.
If you break down the games they scored and passed heavily against teams well below their skill level. OU is NOT well below their skill level.
The one good team that they beat in TCU they only scored 20 points.
I KNOW the Sooners have their work cut out for them this week in stopping the pass from TT but if they can force turnovers in the passing game like TT is proned to do, then the Sooners have more than enough offense to move the ball and put up points against TT.
Davis Webb has thrown at least 1 INT every game this season and he has not faced but one good defense with that being the TCU game.
The one game that OU lost this year was primarily due to the fact their starting middle linebacker was out for the season and they could not stop Texas' running game. They do no have to worry too much with TT and the run. TT is 98th in the nation running the ball so You can look for OU to come out with special blitz packages concentrated on stopping TT's passing game.
Good TD. Good luck.
DJ: Lakers=temporary badness said 10/23, 09:33 AM
"the Sooners have more than enough offense to move the ball and put up points against TT."
THEY SCORED JUST 16 POINTS AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA!!!!!
I had to type this again because it needed repeating. Did you expect them to score just 16 points? No. Texas Tech is a hell of a lot better than the Mountaineers.
The running game isn't a strength, but the Sooners run defense isn't that great. WV is 83rd in running the ball, but they ran for 169 yards against OU. Notre Dame is 96th, but they ran for 220 yards. So, the run defense isn't getting better anytime soon and TT just might be able to run well enough to keep the defense honest. Besides, TCU has a very good defense and the Red Raiders beat them without having to run the ball very effectively.
OU's offense is only averaging 30ppg, 63rd in the Nation. They don't have a [B]great offense this season and Tech's defense is one of the best they have ever had. I think the Red Raiders will be able to get the big stops when they need them.
I realize not everybody likes my use of stats, but common opponents is a better indicator and I feel confident looking at the data provided.
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