Just Another Year in Lubbock, Texas

Leroy JenkinsContributor ISeptember 22, 2008

We are approaching Week Five in this wonderful college football season and for some reason I still see Texas Tech lurking around the top 10.  I still cannot see how this season in Lubbock is any different than the rest of the years where they finished well behind Texas and Oklahoma? 

Ok, I get it.  Mike Leach is a genius. The offense is great.  You can't stop the attack being led by QB Graham Harrell (120-186, 1573 YDS, 12 TD) and WR Michael Crabtree (29 for 457 and 6 TD) but was BJ Symons not putting up ridiculous Nintendo numbers four games into the season?  Were Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Jerrod Hicks not doing the same as Crabtree (I'll admit, much less flashy)? 

The Tech defense which was supposed to be so much more improved, is still giving up over 300 yards per game on average to teams like SMU, UMASS and Nevada. 

The special teams have been suspect in the SMU and Nevada games.

Here is my opinion (take it as such) on the results of the remaining Red Raider games.


Oct 4- @ Kansas St.- The defense will be tested to the brink in Manhattan but the offense will get them out of a tough one in a shootout.  Tech 51, Kansas St 45.

Oct 11- Nebraska- The much improved Cornhuskers coming off a tough loss at Missouri show up with defense and enough offense to upset Tech.  Bo Pelini gets his first Big 12 win.  Nebraska 45, Tech 35.

Oct 18- Texas A&M- I'm not clowning on you that bad red raider fans.  Tech wins easy in an empty Kyle Field (just kidding).  Tech 56, A&M 21.

Oct 25-@ KU- Two similar teams.  The only thing is Kansas can play a little bit of defense and can eat more time off of the clock offensively.  Kansas 42, Tech 31.

Nov 1- Texas- A big game at home for the Red Raiders.  Texas will be coming off a tough stretch which included Oklahoma and Missouri and will be hungry for a Big 12 win over a "solid" opponent. 

Mack Brown has Mike Leach's number and it's always hard to put it past the talent that the horns have year in and year out.  Although the one weak part to the Texas team is the secondary Mack Brown's bend but don't break philosophy works out in the hands of the Horns once again making it the 8th straight over Tech. Texas 42, Tech 35

Nov 8-Oklahoma State. Two good offenses but Tech has just enough fire power to get past them in the annual shootout.  Tech 63- OSU 59.

Nov 22-@ Oklahoma.  Actually I think this could get interesting.  Not really.  OU is too much for anyone to handle.  OU 42, Tech 19.

Nov 29- Baylor.  Baylor, pick a number zero through 21.   Tech you pick one 40 to 90.


2008 Texas Tech Red Raiders. 8-4 (4-4). 


Another year in Lubbock, Texas.