The Oklahoma Sooners began this season in the top spot of the AP poll, and they've backed that up on the field winning four of their six games by at least 30 points and the other two - over Florida State and Missouri - by ten. Media voters have still dropped them below two SEC clubs, so they'll try once again to impress against a Texas Tech team that began the season 4-0, but has dropped their last two. Those two losses were tough games, a five-point loss to Texas A&M and a seven-point loss to Kansas State, both ranked in the top 20. They also came at home, though, and winning in Norman is next to impossible.
Oklahoma won this matchup last year in Lubbock, 45-10, and whether this one is tighter or not, we should see lots of points. Landry Jones' offensive unit averages 45 points per game. Seth Doege's averages 44, but they also allowed 40 per game to three conference foes (Kansas). The Sooners allow half that, so it will be up to Doege, lead runner Eric Stephens (555 yards, 8 TD in 5 games) and the Tech offense to keep up.
The Sooners' main challenge may be to avoid overlooking the Raiders. It's been a problem for them in previous seasons, and they face A&M and K-State themselves in their next two games, all leading up to their Bedlam showdown in Stillwater on December 6. If their heads are on straight, Jones, Ryan Broyles (815 yards, 9 TD in 6 games), Dominique Whaley (590 yards, 9 TD in 6 games) and the OU offense figure to have a huge night.
Game time is 7:00 Central, with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit calling the action. It's the biggest game in the region this weekend and our Shiner Bock Texas Matchup Of The Week.