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Texas Tech Monday Morning Notes - They Should Win Edition

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Finally, were getting much closer. Check out the poll, here and to your left in the sidebar. Don't forget SB Nation's new hub for all things BCS, with links to other blogs, scores, stories, etc.

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And not that you need any motivation, but if you did, this is a good place to start.

Don't forget that the men's team has a basketball game this evening, on the TTTN, tip-off at 7:00 p.m. There will be an open thread and preview a couple of hours before tip-off.

Texas Tech Football:

A relatively quiet week on the BCS front as there was no major changes and Texas Tech remains at #2.

LAJ's Don Williams writes that safety Darcel McBath is not letting his team talk about national championship:

"We have leaders, and we won’t let anybody get ahead of ourselves," McBath said. "I take an active role. I’m going to be the first person to say something (if anyone mentions the chance at a national championship), just because one game a week means so much to all of us. That’s why we’ve been so successful."

Quarterback Graham Harrell understands that the Big 12 is a tough conference and that Texas Tech has never beaten Texas and Oklahoma in the same season:

"We understand that the Big 12 Conference is a tough conference, and you’re going to play some of the elite teams in the country every year," Tech quarterback Graham Harrell said. "We don’t think about, We’ve never done this, we’ve never done that in the same season.’ Since any of us (Tech players) has been alive, we’d never been 10-0, but we’ve done that."

DMN's Chuck Carlton writes that Texas Tech will get the chance to prove any doubters wrong:

As Fox unveiled the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday, Switzer quickly analyzed Texas Tech's game Saturday against Oklahoma. You know, the contest that's expected to crystallize the Big 12 South and half of the national championship picture; the one that's drawing ESPN's College GameDay to Norman.

After exploring the virtues of quarterbacks Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, Switzer got to the bottom line.

"Oklahoma is a better team. They should win. They have better players," Switzer said.

Of course, Switzer might be a little biased, since he won three national titles at Oklahoma and the complex that houses the football offices and other facilities bears his name.

FWST's Jimmy Burch writes that Texas Tech is trying to maintain focus for Oklahoma. Much like the article above, McBath is making sure that the players understand the tast at hand:

Instead, McBath said the Red Raiders’ mantra of "one game per week" has been a driving force in helping the team stay focused and achieve milestones never before reached in Lubbock. Among them: Tech has posted its past three victories over Top 25 teams, a program first, and has taken down three Top 10 teams in the past calendar year, another fresh wrinkle for a team that could reach 11-0 for the first time in school history by knocking off the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

"Taking one game per week means so much to all of us," McBath said. "That’s why we’ve been so successful and we know it."

Behind Enemy Lines: All articles are from NewsOK.com -- OU feels that there is no bigger game that with Texas Tech . . . OU writers talk about what Texas Tech will do to stop the Sooners, on offense and defense . . . ESPN's College GameDay will be in Norman . . . A look at Captain Leach . . .

Texas Tech Basketball:

DT's Alex Ybarra details Friday night's win over St. Francis (PA), while LAJ's Jeff Walker previews tonight's game against Sam Houston St. and this Texas Tech team remembers what happened last year. Here's guard Alan Voskuil:

"I feel we have a little chip on our shoulder. I know I do especially," Tech senior Alan Voskuil said. "Losing up there (last year), we shouldn’t lose to a team like that. So, we’re going to come out there and give it our all and see what we can do."

Assistant coach Bubba Jennings talks about the Bearkats:

"There are a lot of things that are the same about them this year," Jennings said. "They’re very athletic. They get up and down the floor and they like to shoot the three. Their post play is a little different. Last year, they used Bright down there, and everything revolved around him. They’ve got a couple bigger kids this year, and they don’t play on the perimeter as much as Bright did. They come down and get in position in the post."