7. Texas Tech
2013 record: 8-5
Last year vs. OU: 38-30, Oklahoma
Why this game is dangerous: Any trip to Lubbock is dangerous, for the simple reason that Lubbock is – and will always be – a very tough place to play. So any trip out to West Texas could be cause for concern. But aside from reaching the field, playing on it could be just at tough. Second-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, who set records as the Red Raiders quarterback, has Texas Tech point in the right direction. Without a five-game losing streak to end the regular season, the Red Raiders could have been headed to a 10-win season last year. Albeit the losing streak was to the top five teams in the Big 12 Conference, the Red Raiders are primed to break through. Still an underdog, Texas Tech seems poised for a big upset this season. It's just a matter of who, and Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma all visit Lubbock this season.
Players to watch: Keep an eye on the Sooners’ secondary and Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Davis Webb in this game. Webb, who threw more than 50 passes five times last year, shined in the Red Raiders’ bowl game with four touchdowns and 400 yards. Then, Webb threw 13 touchdowns with no turnovers in three spring game scrimmages. Zack Sanchez and Dakota Austin will need to be as on point as ever in this game. But more importantly, the entire Sooners' defense will have to defend the pass because Texas Tech will throw it to any of their talented receivers. By this time in the year, the least settled level of the defense should be settled.
Prediction: Fire when ready: It’ll be like the Fourth of July in mid-November. The defenses will show up, but don’t expect the offenses to lie down lightly. Both Texas Tech and Oklahoma will rely on young quarterbacks this season. In this game, every mistake will be magnified because of the potent offense on the other side. Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight and Webb are both sophomores. There will be a mistake in this one. The quarterback who makes the bigger one will be the difference. But at the end, expect the Sooners’ defense to be a better bailout that Texas Tech’s defensive unit. 45-35, thanks to a late turnover.