Lots of news and previews this morning, it's game day and I'm ready for the first real challenge of the year. It sounds strange to say that about a 1-2 team, but it's the first conference game and OSU can still run the hell out of the ball. It should be interesting.
Meet back here for the game day thread at kick-off.
Official DTN high school team, St. Mike's, tore into Johnson City, 41-6. Glad to see there was no let down after last week's loss to Lago Vista. Good work. Up next, Hyde Park Baptist.
Texas Tech Football:
LAJ's Don Williams has his game preview and it sounds like Coach Leach is ready for whatever OSU throws out:
Read the whole thing, it's worth your time. Jeff Walker features OSU quarterback turned safety turned linebacker, Donovan Woods.
In this week's Tale of the Tape, the staff gives the edge to Texas Tech in all but 1 category, special teams.
Finally from the LAJ, the Three Keys to Victory, from the Texas Tech perspective, focuses on Harrell's ability to deal with the crowd, the defense stopping OSU early, and Crabtree and the rest of the receivers exploiting the OSU secondary. From an OSU perspective, they must get behind Zac Robinson, get the ball to Bowman, and force turnovers.
Kick back and enjoy a cup of coffee while reading Tim Griffin's Big 12 Insider. Summary of the Insider: the effect of the clock rule changes, offense and defense combined 3rd down efficiency (interesting stuff), Texas Tech's ability to shut out opponents in the 2nd half, and a ton of other stuff.
In the SAEN's Big 12 Capsules, Griffin thinks Texas Tech sqeaks by.
DMN's Brandon George has his game preview and is predicting a Texas Tech victory. George thinks the key is Harrell continuing to carve up defenses and beating the blitz.
George also has a lengthy and well-written article on the comparisons between Michael Crabtree and Adarius Bowman. Here's George and Harrell on the play of Crabtree:
Harrell said opponents haven't altered their coverage for Crabtree yet, playing him mostly man-to-man. Harrell said he expects that to change eventually.
"I would think teams would start double-teaming him or doing something," Harrell said. "But if they don't, he'll continue to put up big numbers."
Finally from George, he notes the contradiction of OSU's preseason claim that they were the World's Greatest Offense and the current state of the two teams. Captain Leach on the challenge:
Excellent article from The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson on OSU's quarterback Bobby Reid and why he may no longer be the starter.