Texas Tech coach Matt Wells marvels a bit when he appears to be like at Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler.
“Arm expertise, sick,” Wells stated. “I imply, the man flips his wrist and the ball flies. He is very correct, he can throw it on the run, he runs effectively within the pocket. … He has received big-time arm expertise.”
Wells and the Pink Raiders will get an up-close familiarity with Rattler on Saturday when Texas Tech hosts No. 24 Oklahoma.
The Pink Raiders (2-3, 1-3 Massive 12) are coming off a 34-27 win over West Virginia.
In that recreation, which snapped a three-game dropping streak, Wells went with quarterback Henry Colombi, a Utah State switch, after Alan Bowman began the primary 4 video games of the season.
Colombi earned one other shot after finishing 22 of his 28 passes for 169 yards and a landing in opposition to the Mountaineers. He additionally rushed for 40 yards and a rating.
“It has been fascinating to see with the brand new man,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley stated of Colombi and Texas Tech’s offense. “I’d suppose they proceed to achieve some confidence in him and proceed to open it for him.
“However they’re doing a whole lot of good issues, they usually’ve at all times been inventive offensively and do an excellent job of blending tempo and completely different formations and difficult you in several methods.”
On the opposite facet, Rattler has had a robust starting to his profession, throwing for 1,518 yards and 15 touchdowns with 5 interceptions by means of his first 5 video games as a starter.
Rattler has been particularly good since he was benched briefly within the second quarter in opposition to Texas on Oct. 10, an eventual 53-45 win after 4 overtimes.
“Popping out and being a beginning quarterback at this stage — particularly at a faculty like this — you must expertise it,” Riley stated.
“As a lot as you possibly can mentally put together guys and do every thing you possibly can to get them prepared and discuss to them and have guys who’ve been in that very same place discuss to them, it is simply experiencing it’s one other factor. I feel he is getting extra used to the feelings, the ups and downs and simply what it looks like.”
The Sooners have received eight consecutive video games within the collection in opposition to the Pink Raiders, averaging simply over 50 factors per recreation and by no means scoring fewer than 38 throughout that streak.
In fact, Oklahoma’s offense has put up a ton of factors on everyone lately, scoring not less than 28 factors in a school-record 57 consecutive video games. Alabama is a distant second with an energetic streak of 18 such video games.
The Sooners (3-2, 2-2) might have a pair key gamers again on Saturday.
Broad receiver Trejan Bridges, defensive finish Ronnie Perkins and working again Rhamondre Stevenson had been suspended earlier than final season’s bowl recreation after reportedly failing an NCAA drug check, they usually have not performed since.
Barring additional problems, Bridges and Stevenson determine to be out there in opposition to Texas Tech. The state of affairs is a little more unclear concerning Perkins, as a result of there have been snags after he had an opportunity to be reinstated earlier within the month, the Tulsa World reported.