For the second year in a row, the Red Raiders will be making their way to Norman to play the Sooners. Yes, the second year. Due to Nebraska and Colorado leaving the Big XII, the schedules had to be fixed accordingly, so Texas Tech drew the short straw and has to travel to Norman two years in a row.
It’s also Homecoming week in Norman. One of the best weeks of the football season. The weather has finally started to cool, the campus is buzzing with people and several events are happening around campus everyday.
The events on Saturday for the game are listed as:
Saturday, October 22:
4 p.m. : CAC Homecoming Parade presented by The President’s Office and Student Affairs (Runs along Boyd Street between Elm Avenue and Asp Avenue)
7 p.m. : Football : OU vs. Texas Tech University (Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium)
Football Halftime : Homecoming Royalty Coronation sponsored by Housing and Food (Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium)
Norman is usually packed with people on gamedays, but this number will almost double with homecoming happenings.
For a full list of homecoming week events, click here.
Texas Tech comes to town right in the middle of all this chaos. The Red Raiders are coming into this game though with a top-10 nationally ranked offense. Red Raider QB Seth Doege is one of the leaders in the Big XII in total offense, and four of his receivers have 20+ catches on the season. Their defense is a different story, especially the rushing defense, which is 111th in the country. Total defense they are 82nd, and their pass coverage is pretty solid. But, with that being said, and the Oklahoma offense’s ability to pick up on defensive weaknesses, the ground game will be rolling Saturday night.
The Sooners main issue coming into this game is the offensive red zone performance. The Sooners are ranked an embarrassing second to last in Big XII red zone and 83rd nationally. Only a 56 percent of red zone possessions so far this season have ended up in a touchdown. The Sooners have been lucky, their worst red zone performances came against Mizzou and Kansas, two teams that they could easily contain on offense.
Once the quality of team gets better, with say a Texas A&M or Oklahoma State, the Sooners are going to need to buckle down and solve the issue. It doesn’t help much with QB Landry Jones being as slow as he is, and not utilizing a tight end or full back in red zone situations. Whatever this issue is, hopefully is being addressed soon, the Sooners have a stretch of difficult games coming up after this weekend.
Unfortunately for Texas Tech, they are in the catagory of easily containable if the red zone issues continue saturday night.
The key to winning the game is to contain Seth Doege and the Red Raider offense. With the Homecoming crowd and being back in Norman, the fans are going to be loud and proud that night. I hope Doege brings earplugs to drown on the noise. If not, this might happen..
Not that anyone in Norman would complain of having the same outcome from that 08 beatdown. Just for the record, Oklahoma and Tech have played 18 times since 1992, and the Sooners DOMINATE the series 13-5.
The game is set to kickoff at 7:00 PM and will be aired on ABC regionally, with perfect football weather in the forecast.