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Texas Tech Sunday Morning Notes - You Just Play The Best One Edition

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Don't forget to watch 60 Minutes tonight.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams asks if the team lacked motivation playing in the Cotton Bowl and Captain Mike Leach didn't think so:

"If you asked me before the game, I would say definitely no, and I still lean toward definitely no,’’ Leach said after Tech was slapped around 47-34 by Ole Miss in the final Cotton Bowl at the historic Fair Park stadium. "But by the same token, there’s a lot of rhetoric on that, and I don’t know if somehow we were successfully brainwashed in that direction. I don’t know why you would be.’’

I've never understood how this could be a factor. At some point I'd have to think that you realize that you're playing a pretty even opponent, why would the whole non-BCS bowl game be a motivation to play poorly?

What about the distinct possibility that Ole Miss was just a better team? I know that may not be a popular sentiment, but why would we ever believe that the entire 85 men on this team are affected in a singular emotional way? That just seems laughable to think that everyone on the team felt the same way about not going to a BCS bowl game, but whatever.

And for the record, I felt the same way about the Cal vs. Texas Tech game. I don't believe for a second that Cal was not motivated to play the game on the field, but that game, Texas Tech was just a better football team.

Is that too simplistic a thought?

FWST's Dwain Price writes that the Cotton Bowl loss provides motivation for next year. Sophomore linebacker Brian Duncan thanks the seniors, but is already looking forward to next year:

"I give all credit to my seniors, because they had an awesome year," sophomore linebacker Brian Duncan said. "They absolutely got us to this point and it was an amazing season.

"But I promised to them and I promised to my team that we’re coming back next year, and this off-season we’re going to get ready. We’re going to build on this loss and come back strong."

And I thought this quote from Ruffin McNeill might be pretty telling about the running back competition next year:

"Wait until everybody sees [Jeffers]," defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill marveled. "I’m going to tell you something, he’s special — very special — and he’s going to be really good. He’s tough, he can run, he has balance, he has power, he has speed and he understands vision. He’s tough to handle in practice."

DMN's Brandon George also looks towards next year and had this on the quarterback competition:

The biggest question will be who replaces Harrell. The likely choice is Taylor Potts, this year's backup from Abilene. Potts (6-5, 215), who will be a junior, lacks Harrell's accuracy but has a stronger arm.

Expect Tech coach Mike Leach to give Potts the starter's job but not before he opens up a quarterback competition in the spring. Potts could have a short leash because Tech's coaching staff really likes talented freshman Seth Doege.

"Choosing quarterbacks is simple," Leach said. "You just play the best one."