As we all know, Saturday night wasn’t fun to watch. It was hard to watch our offense trying to fight and scratch their way back into the game, when our defense wasn’t helping out much. When you let a single player go for 8 touchdowns in one game, it stings a little. Who am I kidding? It stung a lot. I think I can speak for all Tech fans when I say if we score 50+ a game, we should/expect win. Nonetheless, the sun rose on Sunday morning, and the world kept turning. Your morning coffee might not have tasted as good, and you may have needed a few extra drinks to get through Monday, but alas, you managed to make it through.
As we look forward to next week’s game, we will hopefully turn over a new leaf. That leaf being our defense. As bad as we looked, I’m here to tell you that our season is not lost because of one game. If you haven’t already noticed, the Big 12 as a whole isn’t doing so hot, which is a good thing in my mind. Obviously the goal is to not lose any games, but we are still very much alive in the conference. The Big 12 may be weaker this year compared to other conferences, but I’m not worried about that right now. What I’m worried about is the race to the top of this conference.
The projected contenders in the Big 12 were TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. It’s pretty safe to say that none of these teams started out the way we thought they would. TCU is 1-1, and their Gary Patterson defense is looking pretty suspect, even though they lost to a quality Arkansas team. Oklahoma State is 1-1, and as we all know by now, they let Central Michigan hang around the entire game, and eventually got beat. It is still early in the season, but that is a huge blemish on their resume. It was a crazy play that should have never happened, but in the end, it did. Oklahoma is 1-1, they lost to a really good Houston team, and they very well may start conference play being 1-2, after they play Ohio State this Saturday. Oklahoma is one of those teams that no matter how bad they start, they usually find a way to turn it around, but nonetheless, it’s not the start that I was expecting. Texas is the team to beat at 2-0, but the biggest test for them is going to be whether or not they can keep it up. They came out swinging, but can they keep up the fight? Only time will tell. As for Tech, obviously were are 1-1. Even though the start of the season hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of the off season, all is not lost.
We have 600 more minutes of the season to prove ourselves worthy, and even though there is a long way to go, the Big 12 race is still very much up for grabs. The rest of the season has potential to get very interesting, and I’m excited to watch it play out.
So, to all my Tech fans, hold your head up high. This season still has a lot of potential. It may not have started the way we thought or the way we wanted it to, but one lose is not the end of the world. It may just be my foolish optimism, but I still have my eyes on the Big 12 crown. The top dogs in my eyes right now are Texas and Oklahoma. Texas obviously because of their record, and even though Oklahoma is off to an usual start, I expect nothing more but for them to bounce back strong. However, the great this about college football is that anyone can lose to anyone on any given Saturday. Just when you think you have it all figured out, it could still end up in complete chaos. If we take care of business each week leading up to Oklahoma, and then we string together 3 quality wins in row, we will be right in the thick of things. Whether that’s winning decisively, winning on a fluke play like Central Michigan, or having the ball bounce our way a few times, we can still do this! Everyone needs some help to get where they want to be, it just so happens that we got our help in the form of early loses suffered from everyone else.
As for our team specifically, it’s all dependent on our defense. We have been saying that for years, but it’s still true. The numbers that Mahomes has been putting up through the first 2 weeks are through the roof, and by the time the season comes to an end, they will probably be on the moon. I just hope our defense can step up and help him out a little bit. I trust Kliff, I trust Gibbs, and I trust our players. As for me, I am looking forward to what this season has to bring, but I am also looking at it one game at a time. Let’s take care of business one Saturday at a time.