NORMAN, Okla. – Needing a win to right what critics say is a sinking ship, Oklahoma's first preference probably wouldn't be a trip to Texas Tech.
More often than not in recent years, strange things have happened when the Sooners visit Lubbock. The Red Raiders haven't lost at home to Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1 Big 12 Conference) since 2003. And the Tech hex spread to Norman last year, when an unheralded squad knocked off the Sooners 41-38, snapping Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak.
To be fair, Oklahoma has had some big wins over Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0) in recent years, most notably in 2008, when the Sooners won 65-21 en route to reaching the BCS national championship game. But there's little doubt the 17th-ranked Sooners will be challenged Saturday to avoid losing consecutive games in the same season for the first time since 2003.