Well guys and gals, we were completely wrong last week. The VTM staffers picked Texas Tech to win by an average score of 50 to 32 and that just didn't happen. This week we give it another shot against Louisiana Tech. Will everyone be on the Tech homer train still or will a few stray?
Like many of us, I totally overestimated Texas Tech and our defense going into the Arizona State game. I'm not sure what to make of our football team this year, nor am I sure of what kind of football team Louisiana Tech is going to bring to Lubbock. The Bulldogs have started two different quarterbacks in their first two games, and each played pretty well. They barely lost on the road to Arkansas - falling 21-20 after holding a 4th quarter lead. Then they beat the tar out of South Carolina State.
I suppose in the end this one is going to look like a lot of our games will look this year; we're going to score a bunch of points and probably give up a bunch of points too. I'll stick with Texas Tech, but much closer than I thought at the beginning of the season.
Texas Tech 52, Louisiana Tech 42
What makes this game so interesting is the coaches Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech's swapped in the off-season. Tech hired Karl Scott as the cornerbacks coach from Louisiana Tech, while Kevin Curtis, who had previously coached corners for Tech 2013-2015, went to the Bulldogs. This game is important just to show Kingsbury and Gibbs pushed all the right buttons in getting the staff straight and the DB's showing considerable improvement over their former coach. Tech should run away with this one and enter conference 2-1 with a fairly easy win.
Texas Tech 51, Louisiana Tech 24
Tech returns home for their final non-conference game and will have to give LA Tech the respect they deserve. Louisiana Tech is no push over and has enjoyed much success the past several years in the Southland Conference, WAC, and now Conference USA. Texas Tech should overpower this opponent with offense if, and I said if, the defense can manage a few stops.
Texas Tech 55, Louisiana Tech 38
I think Tech's offense does enough to push some of the defensive worries into the bye week and beyond. The Red Raiders will go over 50 points because they're playing at home and that's what the Red Raiders do at home. This one isn't super interesting, but isn't a big enough blowout to leave early, either. Tech wins comfortably in the end.
Texas Tech 59, Louisiana Tech 38
Last week's loss will linger on at first, with the offense sputtering and defense struggling. After La Tech tales a 17-3 lead in the early 2nd quarter, Tech wakes up with 28 unanswered to go into half leading 31-17. The onslaught continues in in the 3rd quarter, and Shimonek comes in for the 4th with the Red Raiders up 55-20. Shimonek leads another couple scoring drives, with Tech winning 69-27.
Texas Tech 69, Louisiana Tech 27
Texas Tech needs to come out with lots of emotion after last week's loss and I believe they will. Backed by the home crowd, Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Tech offense will be too much for the Bulldogs to handle and Tech will go to 2-1.
Texas Tech 38, Louisiana Tech 21
If Texas Tech was playing the Bulldogs team from last year I'd be afraid of this matchup, but La Tech lost some key players. QB Jeff Driskel and RB Kenneth Dixon are now in the NFL and they both leave big holes to fill. I expect Texas Tech to get the W in the Battle of the Techs. Sure, the Bulldogs played Arkansas close week 1 but I'll chalk that up to jitters on the Razorbacks' part. Mahomes overpowers them to walk away with the win.
Texas Tech 52, Louisiana Tech 28
Average Final Score: Texas Tech 53.71, Louisiana Tech 27.71
So we're looking at an average score of Texas Tech winning 54 to 28 against the Bulldogs. That's a winning margin of 26 points. VTM viewers, do you think the Bulldogs stay under 30 or will they make this a game?