Sooners schedule preview: Texas Tech

October 6, 2012: at Texas Tech

2011 record: 5-7 | 2011 conference record: 2-7 (Big 12)

OU’s all-time against Texas Tech: 13-6

Top returners: QB Seth Doege, RB Eric Stephens, WR Alex Torres, WR Eric Ward, WR Cornelius Douglas, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Leon Mackey, LB Daniel Cobb, LB Cqulin Huber, CB Tre' Porter, S Cody Davis, S D.J. Johnson, S Terrance Bullitt

Key losses: RB Aaron Crawford, WR Adam James, WR Jacoby Franks, OG Lonnie Edwards, OT Mickey Okafor, C Justin Keown, DE Scott Smith, DT Donald Langley

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Eric Stephens* (565 yards)

Passing: Seth Doege* (4,004 yards)

Receiving: Eric Ward* (800 yards)

Tackles: Cody Davis* (93)

Sacks: Scott Smith (5.5)

Interceptions: D.J. Johnson* (2)

Three things to watch:

1. The Sooners should have revenge on the mind. Tech ruined the Sooners’ season by ending OU’s home-winning streak with a 41-38 victory – a final score that could have been a lot worse had it not been for OU’s furious fourth quarter rally. Up to that point, OU had been one of the most impressive teams in the country with a win at fifth-ranked Florida State and a beat down of Texas. But the Sooners were never the same after the Tech loss, and eventually dropped games to Baylor and Oklahoma State in November. Another loss to the Red Raiders would, again, tarnish OU’s season.

2. Will OU be ready to go to Tech this time around? Lubbock, historically, has been an awful place for the Sooners to play. In 2005, OU lost in the final seconds after a series of controversial calls. In 2007, Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game in the first quarter and an OU rally came up short. In 2009, the Sooners were run out of Jones AT&T Stadium.

3. Quietly, Tech has one of the better quarterbacks in the country in Seth Doege, and Doege has his best offensive weapons back from last season, including Alex Torres, who torched the Sooners. Doege will also have running back Eric Stephens, who suffered a season-ending injury early in the year, at his disposal again. The Red Raiders have the pieces to have one of the more prolific offenses in the country, which will make them dangerous.