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Posted at 10:45 AM EST odds are subject to change.
Oklahoma @ Texas Tech +114
Jones AT&T Stadium and Cody Campbell Field – Lubbock, TX
7:30 PM EST. As we approach the holidays, a few things will be going around the fireside in addition to candied yams, stuffing, and cranberry sauce: bowl opt-outs, coaching carousel conversations, and transfer portal decisions. For a blue-blood like Oklahoma, a little bit of all the above may be served up, as this has been an atypical year under the first captainship of Head Coach Brent Venables but it is definitely one the Sooners would like to forget. OU went from a top-six ranked outfit at its apex to a program that may finish the season with just six wins on the docket. With such an outlier of a campaign for the Sooners, the Crimson and Cream faithful may still be willing to forgive Venables for the regression, as this was a transitional year with respect to the new regime and his first year at the helm. What transpires with bowl opt-outs and transfers is yet to be seen, but we are not here to circumspect. We are here to highlight the propensity for Oklahoma to leave its boots hung for this one. Verily, Oklahoma was flat-left by Lincoln Riley for the sunny shores of Southern California and he took their standout quarterback Caleb Williams with him, who is having a Heisman finalist-like 2022. Nevertheless, Oklahoma is a team with a pedigree and if it is not competing for a Big 12 title, a College Football Playoff berth, or even a New Year’s Six bowl, the Sooners may be very well looking to put this season behind it and move onto 2023. Oklahoma’s motivation in this game is 100% in question. We cannot say the same for the Red Raiders.
Those that wear the Wreck Em Red and Black will undoubtedly hear about “The Streak.” This is a reference to Oklahoma’s present 10-game win streak against the Red Raiders. Though Tech has come close to ending this streak in previous iterations, this may perhaps be the best time for Texas Tech to get Oklahoma. After five losing seasons and two head coaches later, the Red Raiders were able to finish out 2021 on a high note under Interim Head Coach Sonny Cumbie when the Red Raiders won the Liberty Bowl and wrapped up a 7-6 campaign accordingly. Now, the Red Raiders under new boss Joey McGuire come into this game not only with the chance to match last year’s high watermark but also take down the bully of the Big 12 while doing so.
With home cooking behind them, the Red Raiders will be turning it up for this game and their motivation levels will not be in question like their counterparts. Moreover, both teams are 6-5 heading into this tilt but the resumes of both parties are far contrasting. Texas Tech has faced six ranked teams this season and won two of those games while three of those four losses were by 10 points or less. The four losses incidentally all came on the road at NC State, TCU, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State. In Lubbock, the Red Raiders are unscathed. They defeated both Houston and Texas who were ranked accordingly. Oklahoma has faced two ranked teams and won these contests but the situation was different, as Oklahoma caught Kansas on a down-swing after it lost to TCU and they also got a beat-up Oklahoma State at the end of the season; both of whom came to Norman for the proceedings. If one removed Oklahoma’s name from the team that represents it, we wouldn’t be shocked if they were the underdog in this game but because of OU’s namesake and winning streak in this series, the wrong side is favored. Tech outright is the call.
Texas Tech +114 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.28)