LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Red River Rivalry has held more national-title implications.
Bedlam is more prestigious.
But for the last decade, Oklahoma's series against Texas Tech — which visits Norman on Saturday — has been its most competitive conference series.
Since 2004, the Sooners and Red Raiders have alternated wins each year, with Texas Tech victories in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
All of those OU losses, except for 2011, came in Lubbock.
The last time Texas Tech visited Norman, the Red Raiders snapped Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak with a 41-38 triumph that wasn't nearly that close.
“We're excited to play a good team,” Sooners center Gabe Ikard said. “They came to Norman two years ago and knocked us off so we obviously respect them and their team and their players. We're going to have to have a great week of preparation and get ready for a battle on Saturday.”
In the Bob Stoops era, only Texas has beaten the Sooners more than Texas Tech and only then because of the Longhorns' win earlier this month. If Tech wins Saturday, both will have beaten OU six times since Stoops took over in 1999.
“There's common threads any time you lose a game, whether it's (Texas) Tech or anybody else,” Stoops said last year before playing the Red Raiders. “There are turnover issues, injury issues, execution issues. … There isn't anything spiritual or spooky about it, OK? It's just playing ball.”
The Sooners have turned the ball over five times over the last two weeks, have lost two of their best defenders for the season over the past three weeks and have been inconsistent offensively for much of the season.