Date | September 21, 2013
Time | 6:00 pm CST
Good Guys | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys | Texas State Bobcats
Location | Jones AT&T Stadium | Lubbock, Texas
Weather | Sunny, High 84, Low 61
TV | FSN
Radio | Affiliates
LINKS | Good morning and a happy good morning.
- Beating the Odds | I'll try to do a better job of keeping track of odds as they open and at the end of the week, but the Texas St. vs. Texas Tech game opened with Texas St. getting 25 points. Here's a fun fact that you can impress your friends and is in the link, Texas Tech is 3-6 against the spread in their last 9 games. Those three wins all occurred this year, which means that Texas Tech is 3-0 against the spread in 2013. Vegas is about to get angry.
- Game Preview | The official site has your game preview, including the PDF version with the depth chart. I write "updated" but there doesn't appear to be much, if anything updated at all other than Demetrious Alston is backing up behind Kerry Hyder. I don't recall that. I also wonder if Hyder and Alston are supposed to be at tackle, while Branden Jackson and Dartwan Bush are supposed to be at end. Probably just a typo.
- Little Recognition | I only link to things that mention Texas Tech, not things that don't (because that's what's shows up in the the the news search) and some of you mentioned that you all were disappointed that Texas Tech didn't get much recognition on Sunday for the Thursday night win. I have never once felt slighted that an news organization does or doesn't recognize Texas Tech for whatever, I've never thought, "Dang, Texas Tech really deserved an ESPN Helmet Sticker." Generally speaking, I really only care about linking to sites and things that I think you all will care about clicking. I can't worry about the things that don't happen. Maybe I should be upset or slighted as it probably means that Texas Tech isn't receiving credit for playing an outstanding game, but luckily . . .
Lots of Recognition | Your very best friend, FSSW's David Ubben has plenty of mentions. He writes that Texas Tech had the Best Team Performance for this week and stated that Texas Tech could play much better. Ubben has Texas Tech at #4 in his weekly Big 12 Power Rankings. And then Ubben went and wrote this:
Texas Tech is well-positioned to be the surprise team in the Big 12. It was Oklahoma State in 2010 and Kansas State in 2011 and 2012. This year, Texas Tech has looked the part of massive overachiever, and may crash the top 25 very soon. The Red Raiders have regained that oft-mentioned "swagger" under Kliff Kingsbury, who has his team playing loose and believing it can make plays in tight spots. It showed that ability numerous times against TCU on Thursday night and pulled the upset against the Frogs. Kingsbury's crew is likely to be favored in each of its next four games and if it runs up a 7-0 record heading into an Oct. 26 date against Oklahoma, don't be surprised if Tech is knocking on the door of the top 10.
Coordinator of the Week | FootballScoop named the Texas Tech defensive staff as their defensive staff of the week:
Defensive Staff of the Week - Texas Tech. Let's be honest, this wasn't a banner week for defensive football. Our award this week goes to a staff that got the absolute most out of its talent and inspired a complete 60-minute effort to earn a key win in the short history of the Kliff Kingsbury era in Lubbock. In building a 10-0 halftime lead en route to a 20-10 win over TCU, the Red Raiders posted a first half shutout of a conference opponent since October 10, 2009, and held a Big 12 foe to 10 points or less for the first time since October 17, 2009.And Athlon Sports also thought that Co-DC Matt Wallerstedt was the coordinator of the week:
Coordinator of the week: Matt Wallerstedt, Texas Tech
A former Air Force defensive coordinator and Texas A&M linebacker coach, Wallerstedt proved why he was a key hire for Kliff Kingsbury’s first staff at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders held TCU scoreless for 37:29, the longest scoreless stretch for the Tech defense since 2008. Tech limited TCU to 3 of 16 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth to go with two turnovers in the 20-10 win Thursday. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/big-12-week-3-recap-and-awards#sthash.ID3W4u1I.dpuf