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October 31, 2013No. 15 Texas Tech returns home to take on No. 18 Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Saturday in a game with a lot of Big 12 implications.
In case you haven't been glued to RedRaiderSports.com all week, allow us to get you back up to speed prior of Saturday's kickoff:
• Strong safety J.J. Gaines is expected to be done for the season due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery.
• Head coach Kliff Kingsbury hinted defensive lineman Dartwan Bush is not likely a go this week. The staff hopes he will be ready as early as next week.
• Raider linebacker Terrance Bullitt has been dealing with a rib injury. He's expected to be available.
• Kingsbury said Davis Webb will be the starting quarterback. He added Michael Brewer and Baker Mayfield are available. In Brewer's case, the head coach said he's fully healthy but still trying to get back up to speed.
• Austin Stewart started against Oklahoma in Gaines' absence. He'll likely be the strong safety going forward.
• Bennett Ofor, a Midwestern State transfer, played a considerable amount of reps at nose tackle last week. Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said he has been improving and the staff likes his pass rushing abilities compared to Dennell Wesley's in the absence of Bush.
Five Red Raiders to watch
QB 7 Davis Webb After a slightly shaky start, Webb played a solid game against Oklahoma against a hostile crowd. He looks like he's fitting the traditional Tech quarterback role nicely - his lowest production game was last week with 380 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Oklahoma State has picked off 13 passes this season so the matchup is interesting.
TE 22 Jace Amaro The junior is just one of those guys who comes out with a vengeance after making a mistake. He gave up a costly fumble fighting for extra yardage against Oklahoma. Anticipate Amaro to come out motivated against a squad that has gotten the best of Tech the past four years.
WR 18 Eric Ward This guy is officially back on the radar. Ward hauled in two touchdowns last week and finished the day with 106 yards. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said his squad has not been tested the way Tech will test it. Ward headlines the Red Raiders' more athletic receivers.
DE 91 Kerry Hyder Oklahoma State has averaged only one sack against per game. Maybe Tech's defensive front can change that. If Hyder can plug holes, that's a success against an offense which cut through Iowa State on the ground. Still, the Cowboys strength is its passing game and pressure from a three or four-man rush is the best way to get its timing off without risking things downfield.
CB 24 Bruce Jones Tech's best corner will get tested by the Pokes. Locking down Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart is the single biggest thing Tech can do on the defensive side of the ball. It's up to Jones and a secondary that has looked pretty good most of the season.
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