Five questions: Texas Tech

In preparation for OU's game against Texas Tech, Raider Power publisher Jarret Johnson stops by to answer five questions about the Red Raiders.

How much of this 7-0 start can be attributed to Kliff Kingsbury's presence? What has he done to turn things around so fast?

Kingsbury has a lot to do with Tech's 7-0 start. In college football it's all about the coach and Kingsbury has reenergized a program, fan base and community that sunk to a new low in three years under Tommy Tuberville. Kingsbury is one of six former Texas Tech players on the staff and it's given them a lot of credibility with a pretty experienced group of players. Kingsbury's aggressive, positive personality has rubbed off on everybody surrounding the program and it shows in the results.

Who is poised for a breakout game against the Sooners? Is there anybody on offense or defense that just feels ripe for a big one?

Senior wide receiver Eric Ward. The one-time OU commit has had a relatively quiet season with 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns. With all the attention paid to Jace Amaro and even Bradley Marquez, the other outside receiver, Ward should see single coverage Saturday. As a player who will go down as one of the Top 10 all-time receivers in school history, the Red Raiders are going to need him to step up to win tough games like the one facing them Saturday.

Does it matter if it's Davis Webb or Baker Mayfield? Would one give Tech a bigger advantage in terms of the matchup against the Sooners?

At this point I think it does. Though Kingsbury declined to publicly name Webb the starter this week, Webb has thrown for a combined 877 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception in his first two starts. Baker Mayfield is more of a threat with his legs when healthy, but Webb has the better arm, can make all the throws and is always looking downfield for the big play.

What makes Jace Amaro such a threat? What has he been able to do at the position to help set himself apart from the rest of the crowd?

That's an easy one. First off, Amaro is 6-foot-5, 265 pounds so defensive backs either bounce off him or are dragged down field. He also runs a 4.5-second forty-yard dash so there aren't many linebackers who can match his speed. He's just a filthy player who habitually beats double teams to the tune of 56 catches for 742 yards.

Fill in the blank. For Texas Tech to win at OU for the second consecutive time, the Red Raiders need to do _____________?

Score touchdowns in the red zone. It would be easy to say in the turnover game, but you could say that for almost every matchup between two good teams. The Red Raiders have moved the ball up and down the field all season but have struggled at times in the red zone. On 43 offensive possessions inside the 20, Texas Tech has scored just 23 touchdowns or 53 percent of the time. That's not going to get it done Saturday in Norman.

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