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We all know the Kansas Jayhawks aren't up to par, but that doesn't mean we get lazy on them.

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I get it guys, we are playing the Kansas Jayhawks next on Saturday, Oct. 20, and we expect no less than to blow them out.

But we can’t jump the gun and say this is already a go-to win for the Red Raiders. Here’s a few key areas to secure the win against Kansas this weekend.


Start Alan Bowman:

This kid is a stud, an unexpected gem Texas Tech received this season after Bowman graduated high school early to play this 2018-2019 season. We need him back on the field, but healthy of course.

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As a freshman starter, Bowman has defied the odds for a quarterback straight out of high school. I mean, he stepped into that first game after junior QB McLane Carter was injured and showed some amazing skills, which gave him the starting position.

Let’s also not forget what this guy has done for the team. Stepping in the pocket so young and coming up with 1,680 passing yards in just five appearances to add to his 11 touchdowns.

By the looks of it, Bowman seems ready to go again by participating in practices and even suiting up for the game against TCU. However, if coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't feel he is ready, then I trust that decision.


Backup QB’s need to be ready:

Like I stated above, it would be ideal to get Bowman in the game as fast as they can to get the momentum going. However, we don't know his exact status until Friday or Saturday.

That means each Texas Tech quarterback needs to be ready to jump in the game at any time.

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We’ve seen sophomore dual-threat quarterback Jett Duffey take over the reigns while Bowman was hurt, and boy was that game too close for comfort. He did show how mobile he can be when under pressure by accumulating one rushing touchdown with his longest run going for 38 yards. He’s a talented guy.

So is junior quarterback McLane Carter who proved last season he can be a force to be reckoned with. However, he caught the injury bug as well. On the bright side, Carter was suited up for TCU and seems to be healthy again.

We might see all three of these guys getting on the field against Kansas, which I wouldn't mind. Expose each one of their talents and weaknesses and make solid plays in the pocket. Or if your Duffey, its probably running around the offensive line. But hey, that seems to work as well.


Being a team:

Some games can be won by offense alone. Some can rely on their defense to get the job done. But we need to see both sides of the ball come together to defeat this Kansas team.

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We have so much talent on both sides of this team, and we need to utilize them both.

For the offense, we have standouts like Bowman mentioned above. Junior wide receiver Antoine Wesley who currently has 703 total yards in six games played with five touchdowns.

We also cant forget how talented senior wide receiver Ja’Deion High is, who trails Wesley in the receiving core. He’s recorded big numbers for Texas Tech with 484 yards in six games with three touchdowns.

Also, our group of running backs are all virtually unstoppable. If someone like Demarcus Felton cant get to the end zone, we still have a heavy collection of running backs to go with. What a joy to be fully stocked offensively.

Let’s also praise these Red Raider defenders for their improvement this season and what they’ve done for this team. We have leaders like senior linebacker Dakota Allen, junior defensive lineman Lonzell Gilmore, and redshirt freshman Adrian Frye, who leads defenders in interceptions with four.


So, when you digest all of this, you will realize this team has so much talent in every position. However, like stated before, we cant let up against Kansas. Even if this Texas Tech team has the skill to run away with the win, we cant get too comfortable.

It’s college football. Anything can happen. But watch out Jayhawks, we have some pretty talented athletes.


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