Oklahoma State football: Why Cowboys shouldn’t overlook Texas Tech

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Oklahoma State football (9-1, 6-1) will take on Texas Tech (6-4, 3-4) in Lubbock this Saturday in each team’s second-to-last game of the 2021 regular season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on FOX Sports.

The Cowboys enter this game as the No. 9-ranked team in the nation, according to the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The Red Raiders just parted ways with former head coach Matt Wells last month in just the coach’s third season with the team. OSU is a 10.5-point favorite according to the oddsmakers.

Even though Bedlam is little more than a week away, Oklahoma State football fans shouldn’t be overlooking a dangerous Texas Tech team this Saturday.

The two teams are almost even in their all-time matchups, with Texas Tech owning a 23-22-3 overall advantage. The Red Raiders have beaten the Cowboys in two of the teams’ last three meetings, though the Cowboys won last year’s contest in Stillwater by a score of 50-44. Before the Texas Tech victories in 2018 and 2019, OSU had won nine straight against the Red Raiders.

OSU head coach Mike Gundy is 12-4 overall against Texas Tech.

Last year’s win was especially memorable for OSU running back Dezmon Jackson, who used the opportunity with two injuries ahead of him to burst onto the scene. The El Dorado, Ark. native rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to the win.

There might be a natural tendency for the favored Cowboys to overlook the Red Raiders for this upcoming weekend, with a monster Bedlam matchup looming at the end of the regular season two days after Thanksgiving. The national conversation is beginning to focus more on OSU, too, as a dark horse contender for the CFP and as potentially the best team in the Big 12 due to the dominant defense and the team’s current three-game winning streak.

Here’s why OSU, however, should be fully prepared for Texas Tech on Saturday night:

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