Saturday, November 28, 2020, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma, noon ET
Red Raiders at Cowboys Betting Preview: Red Raiders (+11), Cowboys (-11)
Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Preview
The Red Raiders (3-5, 2-5 Big 12) may have found a spark on offense from a familiar face, and that bodes well this week.
Junior quarterback Alan Bowman came off the bench against Baylor to engineer three late scoring drives and finished with 181 passing yards on 14-of-23 accuracy in Tech’s 24-23 over the Bears last week.
In 2018, in a 41-17 Texas Tech victory in Stillwater, Bowman turned in a strong road start by hitting 35 of 46 for 397 yards and two touchdowns. The challenge figures to be different this time around against a Cowboys’ defense that ranks second in the Big 12 in passing yards allowed (188.1) and per attempt (6.5).
Bowman’s re-emergence last week came after he lost the starting job to graduate transfer Henry Colombi after a dismal performance by both the quarterback and the offense in a 31-15 loss at Iowa State on Oct. 10.
Texas Tech coach Matt Wells pegged Bowman as the starter this week but said Colombi will likely continue to get snaps.
“I think we saw enough to continue to do it,” Wells said of the two-quarterback plan. “Just like I said last week, we’ll play both quarterbacks. As of today, Alan will start the first series, but we need to bring out the best in both of them.”
The Red Raiders are seeking a third straight win over Oklahoma State for the first time since 2000-2002. Tech’s victory in 2018 broke a string of nine wins in a row in the series for the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview
The No. 23 Cowboys (5-2, 4-2) unraveled in the second half of a 41-13 loss to hard-charging Oklahoma last week. While that setback didn’t squash their conference championship hopes, it dashed any chance of staying in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“We’ve got to get rid of that and we got to look ourselves in the mirror and make corrections and see where we made mistakes, see where we got outcoached,” Cowboys’ coach Mike Gundy said. “When things happened that weren’t good, we got frazzled and we didn’t settle in and let something else to happen.”
The biggest issue that plagued Oklahoma State was an anemic rushing attack. The Cowboys ran for 78 yards on 28 carries after coming in averaging 190.2 a contest.
Star running back Chuba Hubbard ranks third in the league with 89.3 yards a game, but he has been banged up and it has taken a toll on the OSU attack.
“We can’t rush the football when we want to rush the football, and as I’ve said for six weeks, that’s a serious problem that we have to fix,” Gundy said.
Spencer Sanders has missed three games to injury but has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for an average of 172.6 yards a game. He has five touchdowns against four interceptions. Tylan Wallace has a team-high 39 receptions for 656 yards and four touchdowns.
Red Raiders at Cowboys Betting Prediction
The Red Raiders have won the last two games in the series, 45-35 last year and 40-17 the year before that, but the Cowboys had won the previous nine. The Raiders lead the all-time series 23-21-3, but the Cowboys lead in Stillwater 13-9-1.
Red Raiders at Cowboys Betting Pick:
Cowboys 35, Red Raiders 28
Red Raiders at Cowboys Best Bet
The Red Raiders scored 56 points in an overtime loss to Texas but have averaged only 31.7 points a game in the six outings since then with a high of 34 in a win over West Virginia.
The Cowboys also lost in overtime to Texas and posted their season-high in a 47-7 win over woeful Kansas back on October 3. The winner has scored at least 41 points in each of the last nine meetings, with a combined 75 points scored in eight of the nine games.
Red Raiders at Cowboys Best Bet: OVER 55.5
–Field Level Media