Oklahoma State-Texas Tech: Live updates, score, analysis for Week 5 game (9/30/2017)

Coming off its first defeat of 2017, Oklahoma State travels to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech on Saturday, Sept.  30, 2017. The Cowboys have won eight straight against the Red Raiders.

Oklahoma State (3-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12) opened conference play with a 44-31 loss to TCU. Quarterback Mason Rudolph saw his Heisman chances take a hit with a 2-interception performance. The Cowboys now must likely run the table to make the Big 12 Championship Game. That task begins Saturday against a team they beat 45-44 last year at home.

It won’t be simple. Texas Tech (3-0) is off to a hot start, making it through nonconference play undefeated. The Red Raiders boast the nation’s third-best offense, while the Cowboys are fourth in that category.

Follow along with the matchup below.

Oklahoma State-Texas Tech: Live updates, score

Oklahoma State-Texas Tech football TV channel, time, live stream

Date: Sept. 30, 2017

Time: 7 p.m. CT

TV channel: FOX

Location: Jones AT&T Stadium – Lubbock, Texas

Live stream: The game will be available on FOX Sports GO and the FOX Sports GO app with a cable or satellite subscription.

Oklahoma State-Texas Tech football picks, odds

Line: Oklahoma State is favored by 10 points.

Over/Under: The over/under is set at 85.5.

Picks:

OddsShark: Oklahoma State 54, Texas Tech 28

College Football News: Oklahoma State 48, Texas Tech 42

Athlon Sports: Oklahoma State 41, Texas Tech 33

Keys to the game for Oklahoma State-Texas Tech

1. Don’t try to do too much

There’s no doubt the defense the Cowboys faced last week is better than the one they’ll see Saturday. It won’t take double passes and throws from receivers for Oklahoma State to outgun Texas Tech. The Cowboys still have one of the best quarterbacks in the nation throwing to one of the best receiving corps in the nation. Although the Horned Frogs intercepted Rudolph twice, he’s still in the upper echelon of college passers. He’s second in the FBS in passing yards, yards per attempt and passing efficiency. He’s one of only five quarterbacks with at least 13 touchdown passes. The Cowboys need to let him throw the ball, and the rest should take care of itself.

2. Look competitive on defense

Too often against TCU, Oklahoma State’s defense looked dysfunctional. Following that performance with a matchup against Texas Tech certainly isn’t optimal, but it represents an opportunity to display improvement. The game will be a shootout, with the possibility that whichever team has the ball last wins, but improved defensive results will be key to Oklahoma State’s hope of a Big 12 title and beyond. Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek has thrown for multiple touchdowns and at least 320 yards in each of the Red Raiders’ three games. It’s not unreasonable to expect a similar output against the Cowboys, but if the Oklahoma State defense can make those numbers the result of quantity rather than quality, it would be a good sign for the team’s future efforts.

3. Let James Washington do his thing

Rudolph is in the discussion of best quarterback in college football. For his favorite target, James Washington, the discussion is minimal. Washington has the second-most receiving yards in the FBS, but his 19 receptions are fewer than anyone else in the top 13. He’s had three 100-yard performance through four 2017 games; he had 98 in the other. Having grown about two hours away from Lubbock, Washington has friends and family who are Red Raiders fans, and it’s a team he’s dominated in his career. His 5 touchdowns in three Texas Tech games are his most against any opponent; three of those touchdowns have been on plays of more than 70 yards. Two of his best five receiving totals have come against the Red Raiders, including a 200-yard performance in 2015. Saturday, he’ll try to make it three of the top six.

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