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Texas Tech Saturday Morning Notes - Eastern Washington Game Day Edition

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It's game-day. Thank goodness. I'm at home for this game (DFW area) and will be listening intently on the radio. It appears that the weather may not cooperate tonight, but let's hope that it does. I've got my fantasy football draft at noon today and the open game day thread goes up around 4:00 p.m.

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Texas Tech Football:

The LAJ came out online with all of their preview material yesterday, so if you're needing to get your Red Raider football fix on a Saturday morning then here you go:

LAJ's Don Williams features running back Baron Batch as he is ready for his comeback from 7 ankle surgeries. Batch is one of my favorite players on the team and so I'm openly cheering for him to succeed, as I am with all of my Red Raiders, but especially with Batch. Good things should happen to good people and I'm convinced that Batch is a good person. Anyway, here's Batch on his maturation:

"Especially my first year up here," the Texas Tech running back said. "First one in the club, last one to leave. Tried to be a player (socially). Tried to have as many girls … Tried it all, and found no satisfaction in any of that.

"I bring that up, because it was the old me," Batch went on. "I did not get any satisfaction out of any of that. It led to a road that brought emptiness."

Now Batch is a changed man.

"I was up in the hospital, I think after my sixth or seventh surgery, and I was (thinking), I need a change. I need some help.’ And those two came and prayed for me," Batch said. "They were like, You need to come to Bible study. Start coming to church.’ And I thought, it’s not going to hurt. That’s where it started. Those two planted that seed. God has been faithful to water it, and it’s just grown, and he’s blessed me abundantly."

LAJ's Don Williams asks if this Texas Tech team can live up to the hype and it sounds as if Texas Tech isn't taking EWU lightly:

"It’s not really a difference," said safety Darcel McBath, one of the eight starters back on Tech’s defense. "They’re good players. They’re just playing at Eastern Washington, and we’re more in the spotlight than they are. They’ve got a lot of really good players. Their offense is a force to be reckoned with."