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An Attempt To Make Some Sense Of Whatever It Was That We Just Watched

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I have no idea what happened, and I don’t think I’m alone

NCAA Football: Kansas at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In my opinion, a favorable outcome doesn’t mean anything against this team. Nothing. Zilch. Zip. Null.

In a game that Texas Tech was supposed to win handily, they had to wait until the 4th to secure a 55-19 win. Don’t look at the final score, this was not a dominating performance.

The offensive line didn’t play well. Special teams gaffes gave Kansas more chances than they deserved. The defense played well, but that good performance also came against a team that came into this game averaging 27.667 points against “powerful” “opponents” such as Ohio and Memphis. The penalties were bad. The defense didn’t impress. The offense definitely didn’t. And to make matters worse, Patrick Mahomes went down in the middle of the 3rd quarter.

On a night where Texas Tech sported blood-red helmets for the first time in the Kliff Kingsbury era, the arterial bleed that has come to define this football team during his tenure was on full display. All the same issues were there, ready to be exploited, and would’ve been exploited had Texas Tech played a better team.

I’m not going to deny that Kansas is improving. This isn’t the Kansas of old, but they’re nowhere near competitive in this league yet. For Texas Tech, it’s the easily fixable mistakes, the lapses in coverage, the pseudo refusal to engage in the basic fundamentals in the game of football that continue to infuriate fans and players alike.

There were some very bright spots, and it would be unfair not to point them out. This group of receivers is very deep and very talented. I really like what Kolin Hill brought tonight. Felton brings the thunder when he runs, and I appreciate a hard runner. Shimonek played very well tonight, and executed the offense in the absence of Patrick Mahomes. Kliff Kingsbury continues to be able to evaluate and develop amazing quarterback talent. We won the game, beat the spread, and were very close to beating the over.

In the end, Texas Tech won this game by a very comfortable margin. That’s what good teams do, they win games they’re supposed to win.

You have every right to feel good about this game. It was a conference win, a blowout conference win, against a team we should’ve blown out. I’m no expert on college football, and I’m definitely not here to tell you how you should or shouldn’t feel after a victory.

All that I know is that I’m not happy with this. At all. A final score of 55-19 should make you feel good, but when you have to pull away to reach that score, it doesn’t feel too good.

If this happens against the West Virginias and the Baylors of this conference, we will get blown out. We’re still very raw on defense, and can’t afford mental lapses against good teams who won’t settle for a field goal or to flip field position.

I have no idea how the hell I feel about this game, and it’s okay if you don’t either.