Oct 24, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) throws during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Texas Tech set to tangle with Rattler, No. 24 Oklahoma

Texas Tech coach Matt Wells marvels a bit when he looks at Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler.

“Arm talent, sick,” Wells said. “I mean, the guy flips his wrist and the ball flies. He’s very accurate, he can throw it on the run, he runs well in the pocket. … He has got big-time arm talent.”

Wells and the Red Raiders will get an up-close familiarity with Rattler on Saturday when Texas Tech hosts No. 24 Oklahoma.

The Red Raiders (2-3, 1-3 Big 12) are coming off a 34-27 win over West Virginia.

In that game, which snapped a three-game losing streak, Wells went with quarterback Henry Colombi, a Utah State transfer, after Alan Bowman started the first four games of the season.

Colombi earned another shot after completing 22 of his 28 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown against the Mountaineers. He also rushed for 40 yards and a score.

“It’s been interesting to see with the new guy,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said of Colombi and Texas Tech’s offense. “I would think they continue to gain some confidence in him and continue to open it for him.

“But they’re doing a lot of good things, and they’ve always been creative offensively and do a good job of mixing tempo and different formations and challenging you in different ways.”

On the other side, Rattler has had a strong beginning to his career, throwing for 1,518 yards and 15 touchdowns with five interceptions through his first five games as a starter.

Rattler has been especially good since he was benched briefly in the second quarter against Texas on Oct. 10, an eventual 53-45 win after four overtimes.

“Coming out and being a starting quarterback at this level — especially at a school like this — you have to experience it,” Riley said.

“As much as you can mentally prepare guys and do everything you can to get them ready and talk to them and have guys who have been in that same position talk to them, it’s just experiencing it is another thing. I think he’s getting more used to the emotions, the ups and downs and just what it feels like.”

The Sooners have won eight consecutive games in the series against the Red Raiders, averaging just over 50 points per game and never scoring fewer than 38 during that streak.

Of course, Oklahoma’s offense has put up a ton of points on everybody in recent years, scoring at least 28 points in a school-record 57 consecutive games. Alabama is a distant second with an active streak of 18 such games.

The Sooners (3-2, 2-2) could have a couple key players back on Saturday.

Wide receiver Trejan Bridges, defensive end Ronnie Perkins and running back Rhamondre Stevenson were suspended before last season’s bowl game after reportedly failing an NCAA drug test, and they haven’t played since.

Barring further complications, Bridges and Stevenson figure to be available against Texas Tech. The situation is a bit more unclear regarding Perkins, because there were snags after he had a chance to be reinstated earlier in the month, the Tulsa World reported.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Vanderbilt +1 -107

Hawaii -1 -107

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Duquesne

Florida State

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Florida A&M

North Carolina

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Wyoming +8.5 -110

Illinois -8.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Nebraska -10.5 -107

Northwestern +10.5 -107

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

UCONN +29.5 -110

Utah State (24) -29.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Nevada -16.5 -110

New Mexico State +16.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Austin Peay

WKU

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Charlotte +5.5 -110

Florida Atlantic -5.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

North Texas -4 -107

UTEP +4 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Northern Arizona

Arizona State

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Central Michigan +19 -110

Oklahoma State (7) -19 -110

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

West Virginia +7.5 -107

Pittsburgh (13) -7.5 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

VMI

Wake Forest (15)

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

New Mexico State +37.5 -107

Minnesota -37.5 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Penn State -3.5 -107

Purdue +3.5 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Cal Poly

Fresno State

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

St. Francis-PA

Akron

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

South Carolina State

UCF

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Bryant

Florida International (FIU)

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Alabama A&M

UAB

@

Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

Ball State +27.5 -110

Tennessee -27.5 -110

@

Sep 1st, 8:00 PM

LA Tech +16 -107

Missouri -16 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

TCU -9 -107

Colorado +9 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Temple +6.5 -107

Duke -6.5 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Virginia Tech -7.5 -107

Old Dominion +7.5 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Illinois +3.5 +103

Indiana -3.5 +103

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Western Michigan +20 -107

Michigan State (9) -20 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Michigan

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

William & Mary

Charlotte

@

Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Tennessee Tech

Kansas

@

Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Oregon (22) +16.5 -107

Georgia (1) -16.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Arizona +10 -110

San Diego State (25) -10 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Utah State (24) +31.5 -107

Alabama (2) -31.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Cincinnati (4) +7.5 -107

Arkansas (21) -7.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Mercer

Auburn

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Utah (12) -1.5 -107

Florida +1.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Miami-OH +20 -110

Kentucky (18) -20 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Memphis +11.5 -107

Mississippi State -11.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Troy +21.5 -110

Ole Miss (11) -21.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Georgia State +11 -110

South Carolina -11 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Sam Houston State

Texas A&M

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Elon

Vanderbilt

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

UC Davis

California

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Boise State +2.5 -110

Oregon State -2.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Colgate

Stanford

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Bowling Green +3 -110

UCLA -3 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Rice +33.5 -107

USC -33.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Kent State +23.5 -110

Washington -23.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Idaho

Washington State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Southeast Missouri State

Iowa State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

South Dakota

Kansas State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

UTEP +39 -110

Oklahoma (10) -39 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Albany-NY

Baylor (5)

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +39 -110

Texas -39 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Murray State

Texas Tech

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Rutgers +9 -110

Boston College -9 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Bethune-Cookman

Miami-FL

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

NC State (20) -10 -110

East Carolina +10 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

North Carolina -4 -110

Appalachian State +4 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Louisville -2.5 -110

Syracuse +2.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Richmond

Virginia

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

South Dakota State

Iowa (23)

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Buffalo +20.5 -110

Maryland -20.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Colorado State +30 -110

Michigan (3) -30 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

North Dakota

Nebraska

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Illinois State

Wisconsin

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Houston (17) -6.5 -110

UTSA +6.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Central Connecticut State

UCONN

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Massachusetts +31.5 -110

Tulane -31.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Army +3 -110

Coastal Carolina -3 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Northern Iowa

Air Force

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Maine

New Mexico

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Tulsa -1.5 -110

Wyoming +1.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

WKU -7 -105

Hawaii +7 -105

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Texas State +11 -110

Nevada -11 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Portland State

San Jose State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Idaho State

UNLV

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Delaware

Navy

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

SMU -7.5 -110

North Texas +7.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

BYU (19) -13 -110

USF +13 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Liberty -4 -110

Southern Miss +4 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Middle Tennessee +4.5 -110

James Madison -4.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Morgan State

Georgia Southern

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Grambling State

Arkansas State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Florida Atlantic -1 -110

Ohio +1 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Nicholls State

South Alabama

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Eastern Illinois

NIU

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

LIU

Toledo

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Southeastern Louisiana

Louisiana-Lafayette (16)

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Norfolk State

Marshall

@

Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

Notre Dame (8) +13.5 -107

Ohio State (6) -13.5 -107

@