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Game day greetings, Sooner Nation! The Oklahoma Sooners kick off Big 12 conference play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders this morning in Norman.

Since starting quarterback Alan Bowman is out for a while with a shoulder injury sustained two weeks ago in a loss against Arizona, Texas Tech first-year head coach Matt Wells will take the two-QB approach into Owen Field to face OU in a rooster kickoff clash between the former Big 12 South rivals.

Head on down to the comments section for the game thread, where we’ll be asking questions, making predictions and discussing the day’s action with y’all.

Coverage Info

TV: FOX 11:00 A.M. CT

Live Stream: FOX Sports

TV Commentary: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

Radio: OU Radio / TuneIn / SXM 200 / Español

Unfortunately, the game will not be available on DISH Network and Sling due to a contract dispute with FOX. But fans lucky enough to also have an HD antenna can watch the game via their local FOX affiliate stations.

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OU Game Notes

Texas Tech Game Notes

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Prediction

Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells plans to deploy dual-threat junior Jett Duffey and Rice graduate transfer Jackson Tyner behind center today in Bowman’s absence. These rooster kickoffs can be tricky sometimes, and the Red Raiders appear to have a decent defense this season under defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, an Oklahoma native who previously held the same position under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia in 2013. All signs point to an Oklahoma blowout, but following a bye week and given the unpredictability of a two-quarterback scheme it could be interesting early.

That said, the Sooners should have things in hand by halftime. This game could’ve potentially provided one of the more compelling matchups of the weekend with a healthy Bowman at the helm for TTU. But two relatively inexperienced signal callers with lesser talent being thrown to Alex Grinch’s hungry defense on the road will be no bueno for the tortilla throwers from Lubbock.

On the other side of the ball, there’s little doubt the Oklahoma offense makes a statement from the start. Despite Patterson’s success in Lubbock so far, Jalen Hurts and company should continue their strong starts and create scoring opportunities on nearly every possession. While the first quarter could see a little back and forth as Grinch’s unit gets a feel for Texas Tech’s dual-QB game plan, there’s really nothing that should frighten the Oklahoma fan base about the Red Raider personnel or potential for an upset.

Long gone are Mike Leach’s potent, sleeping-giant Texas Tech teams, and it may take a couple of seasons before Wells (possibly) gets this program to a higher level than his predecessor, Kliff Kingsbury, was ever able to get. Grinch’s Speed D pressure will turn this into a rout in the second quarter with a forced turnover or two, and for the third game in a row the Sooners will be fielding backups to close out a contest. Red Raiders keep it within a touchdown early before the Sooners blow it open and cruise to victory at home to open conference play.

Score: OU 45, Tech 24

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