Monday Morning News and Notes

Oklahoma currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in total defense and scoring defense.

The Polls
After last weekend's 17-16 win over Texas A&M, Oklahoma moved up to 17th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls. The Sooners are also 17th in the BCS Standings. This week's opponent, Texas Tech, is unranked.

Looking Ahead
Oklahoma and Texas Tech are scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m. (CST) this Saturday in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net. The Red Raiders will come into Norman on the heals of a 55-21 win over Baylor last weekend in Lubbock. Tech is 6-4 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play. They are ranked 6th nationally in total offense (455.90 ypg), 15th in scoring offense (32.40 ppg), 40th in total defense (304.40 ypg) and 65th in scoring defense (22.70 ppg).

By the Numbers
The Sooners come into Saturday's showdown against Texas Tech ranked 25th in scoring offense (29.33 ppg) and 40th in total offense (363.44 ypg). Defensively, the Sooners are 14th nationally in total defense (277.11 ypg) and 15th in scoring defense (15.22 ppg).

Schedule Strength
Through nine games, Oklahoma's strength of schedule against past opposition ranks as the 30th-toughest nationally. Their SOS against future opposition ranks 69th. Texas Tech's SOS against past opposition ranks as the 48th-toughest.

Bowl Projections
Still interested in New Year's Eve in Big D? Both CollegeFootballNews.com and CBSSportsline.com are projecting the Sooners earn a berth to the Cotton Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 1. CFN projects the Sooners will play Tennessee, while CBS says it will be an OU-Arkansas matchup.

Replacing Adrian
Through three games as a starter, junior running back Allen Patrick has rushed for 146.6 yards per game, which would place him 4th nationally if he was eligible for the rankings. Prior to his injury, Peterson was averaging 151.83 yards per game.


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