We have all heard about star-crossed lovers and those Cinderella stories. Hollywood loves making movie upon movie about those extraordinary stories that defy everyday happenings.
In today’s age, almost anything is possible with hard work and the right odds stacking in your favor, whether it be intentional or not.
Something that all college football sports fans have learned in the past three years is the fact that ANYTHING is possible. Yes, the probable has more of a chance to come to pass, but the possible has a likely chance as well.
Do I sound like Stephen Colbert now?
I’ve been watching too much Adult Swim during my beginning days of a summer holiday.
BUT with a new expansion to the east side of the Jones Stadium, an alumni parking garage to the north, a new coach, and rumors of changes to the team makeup of the Big 12, Tech has an energy growing that keeps fans wishing and hoping for something great.
Texas Tech football program has several claims to fame: It is the only Big 12 team to go to a bowl game every year since the beginning of the conference, it owns the largest bowl collegiate comeback, and it has one of the highest graduation rates in the nation.
That is all well and good, but it doesn’t explain the lack of conference title appearances and a glimpsing shot at the title game in 2008.
THAT is it.
With all the new changes coming Tech’s way, does Tech have a chance at the conference championship game—and even the national title?
If the stars align correctly, here is how it could happen…
This is a home game that Tommy Tuberville MUST win.
I fully believe that the support of the townies and fans depends on how well this game plays out. With Leach’s lawsuit still acting like a cloud over the normally sunny skies of Lubbock, Tuberville has to prove himself.
It is also the third game in the season again. Sept. 18 does not give the team a lot of time to grow and make adjustments to take on a high caliber team like UT.
But with UT losing Colt McCoy as a leader, it may be to Tech’s advantage that UT is looking for a new leader, since UT seems to never play well together without somebody leading the team.
Will Lubbock’s own John Paul Floyd (UT, sophomore QB) be the catalyst to undo the Red Raiders?
Tech has this uncanny ability to do well one week and bomb the next. Perhaps it's because Tech does not have the experience as a program to deal with the limelight.
Because of this, the pressure ALWAYS gets to the players. Leach did not have the experience that Tuberville has to help his players to work through the ESPN pressures.
But you know, Tech has had its own share of ESPN pressures, so maybe it will be different this time around.
It's not like most of us sports fans really care what ESPN has to say in the long run.
This includes both OU (Oklahoma) and OSU (Oklahoma State).
Texas Tech has problems with these two teams.
OSU is at the Jones this year, while OU is in Norman. Tech has not won a game in Norman since 1996. Any of the three teams can play well at each other’s home turf.
This is an advantage and a disadvantage. After Tech’s embarrassing loss in 2008 at Norman, they have a lot to prove.
Tech was embarrassed by UofH’s win at home in 2009, and Texas A&M’s win away in the same year. Two games that are supposed to be shoo-ins were lost.
There were reports of UofH fans going crazy in the parking lot of the Cougars' stadium and harassment of the Texas Tech Goin’ Band while leaving the stadium (The head band director almost got into a fight with a few over-zealous and drunk fans, which led to the band making shirts: “My director can beat up your director.”)
It makes even the most seasoned fan mad and out for revenge.
I treated my younger brother to the Texas Tech vs Texas A&M game in 2009. He, a freshman at A&M, and me, a fifth-year senior freshly from eight years of marching band, were hoping for a good game…but for different reasons.
He wore his maroon shirt underneath a blue jacket (in fear of being kicked out of the student section), while I sported my Tech jersey with my buddy, Brandon Carter’s, number.
My brother ended up running out of the student section to the Corps' side of the stadium when they won. I ordered pizza.
I know I’m out for blood, and you can be sure to spot me at Kyle Field on Oct. 30, 2010.
Texas Tech must win against Mizzou.
The last time Missouri was in Lubbock, it was a rainy Homecoming day in 2007. I remember distinctly that the parade was miserable. It was my junior year at Tech, and I was looking forward to showing the underclassmen what it meant to be a representative of Tech. It ended 41-10.
I remembered why the Goin' Band's policy is to turn your back to a camera if you curse.
The loss didn't hurt any more due the fact that we lost 38-21 in the previous year.
Tech has not won against the Buffalo the past few times they have met up on the battlefield of football.
Mizzou is a force to be reckoned with.
Call it female intuition, but I have a feeling that Kansas State (KSU) is going to be doing well this season.
I don’t have any other proof—just that I have a feeling.
But of course, Nebraska can come out on top for the Big 12 North title again. If that is the case, we know that Tech can beat either team, and that Tech has a good chance of winning the Big 12 title if the matchup does boil down to any of these three teams meeting up.
Of course, this all depends if the other teams f-up in their season at least one or two times.
If Tech wins the Big 12 title, they will have the help they need to show that the Big 12 is a force that can rival the SEC.
I don't claim to be the most analytical writer, but my opinion stands.
If the stars align over Lubbock, Texas, in 2010, Tech may have some real pride, and not just the lyrics from the Dixie Chicks and Mac Davis.