With the second game at hand we are starting to see the realization of what this team is capable of. Some have started to back off the idea of a team that will be unstoppable, while others still look at Kingsbury and his enthusiasm as the key to pushing the team over the top. While it is clear after week one that there is possibilities forming for an unforgettable season,with the loss of Kansas St. and the struggles of others in the league, namely WV and TCU. There still remains the powers of the conference that looked dominate, although playing teams that should have been handled easily. I think most people don't want to get their hopes up, and for good reason. While on one hand this is not a team that was horrible and is needing to be turned around, but it is a team that has not made it over the hump yet. This can be the hardest thing to overcome as the idea of being good enough has not been proven, and like most mid level programs lingers in the back of the players minds. Tech has fielded a constant winner for well over a decade which has allowed for respectable talent to fill in every year. It may not be the best but I would take middle of the road Texas talent over any other kind anytime, as middle of the road talent often works harder to prove they belong (Wes Welker). We have depth on the defensive side of the ball, albeit a defense that has shown weakness in the past, but with a coaching staff that chooses not to care about past performances. The backfield is new but has been plugged not with freshman for the most part, but with experienced back ups. We have an offense that even in the hands of an over bearing coach the past three years, has produced at times unstoppable abilities. There is weakness on the team with the offensive line, but only in the depth department, due to youth not numbers. And we have a coach that chooses not to look at what he doesn't have compared to the big two in the conference, which breeds confidence that anything can be achieved if you believe. So I do not believe we can discount this team based on a lack of talent, but with youth and inexperience it is hard to say how they will react. Starting a true freshman at quarterback is never the ideal situation, but I do believe this team has the talent to overcome issues that will occur due to the learning curve of Baker. Tech has the talent to compete for a Big Twelve title, but like everybody else in college football, it all comes down to Injuries, and the belief that it is possible. No team in college football can win at the highest level with injuries taking a toll on the team. Even the big powers have depth issues if only in the experience arena, that can cripple their chances of success. Teams that succeed and win big, almost always have healthy teams late in the season. Many teams that are seen as title contenders early and fall off, often fall off due not to a lack of talent, but to injuries. I do believe Tech has the talent to succeed and overcome inexperience if they can remain injury free.
I often feel like media inflicts ideas of what a team has to be to compete at the highest level, and in doing so instils doubt in teams that do not fit their ideals. Talent does not always win, and nobody can predict what talent will produce on Saturday. Teams like Tech often feel like they don't belong because they have been taught to believe this way. Media likes big time programs and while they do have an overwhelming amount of talent, only twelve at a time can play. So it really doesn't matter how much talent you have unless you are faced with an injury filled season. Tech has talent if only two deep, that can compete with anybody. They are not at the bottom of the talent pool, they have the same talent, just not the depth. What Tech lacks is the belief and having been there before. This will be the true test of Kingsbury, in that he must instill in the players mind that they are good enough. Leach tried and almost had it one season, but that doubt crept back and left the team and fans feeling like Tech didn't belong. Kingsbury's enthusiasm is the key to overcoming this, and I think that could be seen in the win over SMU. The only question remaining is if he can keep that mindset instilled in the players, and the team remain injury free throughout the season.