Game day is finally here. I have the first game thread going up at 7:00 pm, the second going up at 9:30 pm and the final one going up at 11:00 pm. I hope to be drunk by 7:15 pm or so (Not really, I'm excited and will be relatively sober for the game. I want to enjoy this one.) The prediction thread goes up later this morning. Also, there is a men's basketball game at 6:00 pm and there will be a game day thread for that.
There is one non-football link today: Homepage changes to improve scanning and better highlight FanPosts and FanShots - Blog Huddle That's right, for those of you who wanted to see the homepage change, it's going to happen and the folks are listening to you. If you'd like to add to the conversation and voice your two cents, go to that link.
* Texas Tech vs. Minnesota, 2012 Texas Bowl preview: Hangovers and hanging on - SBNation.com | Bill Connelly is so talented and so good.
* Red Raiders faithful swoon as Kingsbury returns home - San Antonio Express-News | I'm guessing that you all didn't catch this, but I posted this link a couple of days ago and thought that these were some pretty strong words from Hocutt on Tuberville:
"Your word means something in West Texas," Hocutt said. "It's easy to say you are guided by a set of guiding principles and your word and handshake are as good as a contract. Not everybody can live up to that. But having somebody who wants to be here, who wants to be an integral part of the community, is important to us.
"Tommy Tuberville is a good man and a good coach and had a lot of success. ... Given the time in our history of where we are, Tommy going to Cincinnati was the best thing for Tommy Tuberville, and Tommy going to Cincinnati was the best thing for Texas Tech."
* Minnesota's Texan-born players fired up for bowl game | Red Raiders and Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas notebook: Coaches say kicking game crucial | Red Raiders and Raiders, Gophers both eye bowl win to salvage season | Red Raiders and Major milestones in sight for trio of Red Raiders | Red Raiders and How the Red Raiders and Golden Gophers match up | Red Raiders Calming influence | Red Raiders | These were all of the LAJ articles I could find and the next few bullet points are groupings of the various papers.
* Kliff Kingsbury anxious to take over reigns at Texas Tech | Texas Tech Red Raiders News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW and Cowlishaw: Texas Tech will beat Minnesota; it's a matter of by how much | Texas Tech Red Raiders News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW and Prediction: Texas Tech rolls over Minnesota in Meineke Car Care Bowl | College Sports Blog | All of the DMN articles.
* Texas Tech focuses on Minnesota amid coaching change | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports... and Meineke Car Care Bowl: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports News... | All of the FWST articles.
* The Call: Gophers vs. Texas Tech | StarTribune.com and Gophers' Gray hoping for dreamy end to career | StarTribune.com | All of the StarTribune articles.
* The future is already here: How the Pistol Offense is changing the NFL - SBNation.com | #longread #sogood