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Texas Tech Red Raider Notes for 09-15-2007: Rice Gameday Notes

DTN News:

I've had a hard time getting excited for this game, and the one thing that I'd like to take away after today is that Setencich has found a defensive front four and a rotation of linebackers that are effective. The more I think about it, the more I think he needs to tinker today and find out which players work best with the other players, something that he'll be able to stick with for a good part of conference play.

Here was the DTN preview from earlier in the week.

Damn't. DTN's official high school football team, St. Mike's in Austin lost their first game of the season. Kmac, keep you head up, it's just one game.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams has his preview of today's game with Rice. coach Leach thinks that Rice is improving with each game:

"I think us and them are both teams that are changing dramatically," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "Do I think Nicholls State can beat them every time? No. I think they got ambushed in a similar fashion to what Michigan did. They're certainly a better team than that game.

"They played Baylor pretty tough at times; like their coach said, they had trouble on some key plays. So they could very well be better than that game and just settling into the transition."

Leach does mention later in the article that the offense that Rice runs, a spread offense, is similar to what A&M runs:

"I would say it's pretty different," Leach said. "I would say it's more like what (Texas) A&M does. A&M does spread-set stuff and runs a lot of stuff out of it, a variety of stuff, and tries to get the quarterback involved in the run game. I would have to say they're a little more like A&M or West Virginia."

Don and the rest of the LAJ staff also brings you the following:

DMN's Chuck Carlton previews the Texas Tech and Rice matchup, and predicts a 52-17 tail-feather whipping.

SAEN's Tim Griffin previews today's game and picks Texas Tech to win 52-20. By the way, Tim's done an outstanding Big 12 Insider, which I will spend more time with later in the week. There's a ton of good stuff there, including an all-time Texas Tech team. We'll spend more time with this after the game.

The FWST previews all of the Big 12 games, no prediction.

College and Big 12 Football:

O . . . M . . . G . . . Are you kidding? Oklahoma State loses to Troy, not by a little, but by a lot. This is the team that the media was picking to win the Big 12 South? Huh. One other thing, Texas Tech faces OSU next week and I wonder how an arse whipping by Troy is going to play into their psyche . . . the FWST previews all of today's Big 12 games . . . SMQ gets into the bidness of college football and previews this week's best games . . .