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Big 12 Football Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma State Cowboys: Start Time, Spread, Free Pick


Big 12 football and we will see the Texas Tech Red Raiders travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The game is scheduled for a 12:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on ESPN2. Currently the odds for the game have Oklahoma State favored by 9.5 points, while the total sits at 73. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.

Free Analysis: The Red Raiders opened the 2012 campaign with four straight wins over lackluster competition, and then found the conference slate to be much more challenging. The team had played nationally-ranked opponents over the course of five straight games before catching up with Kansas last weekend. After bowing to Kansas State and Texas in back-to-back outings, the Jayhawks were certainly a welcomed change for Texas Tech, but the squad had to go to double- overtime in order to grab the 41-34 victory nonetheless. It wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination, but the Red Raiders needed a win desperately against Kansas at home and were able to realize it when Eric Stephens took a direct snap, rolled to his right and threw a three-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in the second overtime. Doege finished the outing 45-of-59 for 476 yards and three touchdowns, was sacked once and had a pass picked off. Ward reeled in 12 passes for 180 yards and Moore turned his nine receptions into 74 yards and a couple of scores. However, even though the offense put up some gaudy numbers yet again, the Texas Tech defense was taken to task by the Kansas rushing attack which produced 390 yards and two TDs on 57 attempts. The action on the ground was much more than the Red Raiders are accustomed to because after 10 games they are still giving up 152.3 ypg. 

As for the Cowboys, they've had their share of tough outings this year, of course that doesn't cover the awkward 84-0 win over Savannah State in the opener though. Last week, OSU matched up against one of the two newest additions to the Big 12 Conference in West Virginia, and former Cowboys offensive coordinator and current Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen, and even though the Pokes were down to their third quarterback they still came out with the 55-34 victory for their sixth win of the season. With J.W. Walsh out of action with a knee injury and Wes Lunt taking a seat after suffering an apparent concussion in the loss to Kansas State, the Cowboys turned to fourth-year junior Clint Chelf to command the offense against West Virginia. In his first career start, Chelf converted 22-of-31 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns, brushing off a pair of sacks and an interception. It almost seems as if the offensive scheme for the Cowboys is what has been carrying the team to this point, particularly since the squad is fourth in the nation in both passing (348.8 ypg) and total offense (561.1 ypg), en route to a massive 43.9 ppg which is third-best in the country right now. Obviously not all three quarterbacks that the Cowboys have used are of equal talent, but at least the players around them are able to make them look good week in and week out. With just 0.67 sacks per game allowed (fourth-best in the nation), the offensive line should be getting much of the credit for the success of the passing attack, but then what do you say about the group when you're also down to your third-string QB?

Free Pick: Gonna go with the Cowboys in this one. Oklahoma State has played very well this year, especially at home, where they are 5-1 and have outscored opponents by 30 ppg. In their last 3 home games vs the Big 12 they have gon 3-0 and have won those games by an average of 21.3 ppg. The Cowboy offense has been as explosive as ever this year, ranking 4th in total offense (561.1 ypg) and 3rd in scoring 43.9 ppg. Those numbers are not good news for Texas Tech defense that has struggled of late. For a while Texas Tech had been one of the top defensive teams in the nation, but they have really fallen off of late as they come in allowing 447 ypg and 43.3 ppg in their last 4 games. The OSU defense has not been great overall, but they have played very well at home, allowing just 353 ypg and 20.5 ppg on the year. The Texas Tech defense is very bad right and just won’t come up with enough stops to keep this one close. 

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