Breakdown: Defense

While neither Oklahoma State nor Texas Tech is known for their defensive play, whichever defense steps up on Saturday will have a good chance of walking away with the W. RaiderPower breaks down both defenses to see where each team has an advantage.

Advantage: Texas Tech

Although Texas Tech has a relatively young defensive line, they have been doing a good job of pressuring the QB.  Through the first 3 games, Tech has 10 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss.

Oklahoma State has only managed 4 sacks through 3 games, which will simply not cut it against Texas Tech's Air Raid offense.  If the Cowboys cannot get pressure on Graham Harrell, than it could be very long day for OSU.  One player to watch out for is Jeray Chatham, who leads the team with 4 tackles for a loss.  He'll be key if Oklahoma State wants a chance at beating the Red Raiders.

Advantage: Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State has a tremendous linebacker in sophomore Chris Collins, who leads the team in tackles with 26.  Collins is a potential All Big 12 linebacker who did not play in the Cowboys' last 7 games of 2006 because of a bad knee injury.  Collins has good coverage skills and will be someone Harrell will have to keep an eye on.

The Texas Tech linebacking corps has struggled at times throughout the year.  Quarterbacks have been able to scramble out of the pocket on several occasions, especially on 3rd and long and pick up first downs.  They will face their biggest test so far this season with OSU quarterback Zac Robinson, who is really good at tucking the ball away and running.


Advantage: Texas Tech

The advantage here has to go to Texas Tech.  Oklahoma State was absolutely destroyed through the air by Troy last week.  Troy amassed 562 total yards, 388 of which were passing yards.

On the other side, the Red Raider secondary has been solid through 3 games, allowing 194 yards passing per game.  Tech has had problems at times with covering the pass, especially with Marcus Bunton and Jamar WallChris Parker has locked down his side of the field, but Wall and Bunton need to step up if the Red Raider secondary is going to get where it needs to be.


Advantage: Oklahoma State

The Red Raider special teams will be tested on Saturday by sophomore Perrish Cox, who returns punts and kicks for the Cowboys.  Cox is averaging 15 yards per punt return and over 24 per kick return.  He has the ability to break one at any time, so Tech will need to stay in their running lanes and tackle well.

Texas Tech has not been able to produce too many big plays out of their special teams, even against the sub-par talent of SMU, Rice, and UTEP.  Danny Amendola has been solid returning punts, but L.A. Reed and Edward Britton need to produce more on kick returns.

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