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Apparently moral victories do count for something

Texas Tech fans increasingly confident in this team, win or lose.

OOF. It’s hard to get cheated out of a win AND be fined $25,000 by the Big 12 but here we are. For a pause in the madness, let’s check out what changed in this week’s SBNation FanPulse; the most accurate, fan-based top 25 in the nation:

The SEC better strap up its big-boy pants because Alabama and LSU are top dogs - or elephants and tigers - and in three weeks (if things hold) that is going to be a huge game. Likewise I’m impressed in SMU for hanging around! You go, ponies!

Biggest winners:

  • SMU, for jumping from no. 22 to no. 17 after defeating Tulsa 43-37
  • App State, for entering into the fray (finally) at no. 24 after taking down LA-Lafayette 17-7

Biggest losers:

  • UCF and Texas A&M for finally falling out of the top 25 after who knows why they were still in there.
  • Baylor, for being in here at all after being bailed out by officials.

Texas Tech fans’ Top 25:

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Penn State
  9. Auburn
  10. Georgia
  11. Oregon
  12. Florida
  13. Texas
  14. Boise State
  15. Minnesota
  16. SMU
  17. Utah
  18. Missouri
  19. Michigan
  20. Baylor
  21. Arizona State
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Wake Forest
  24. Virginia
  25. App State

Texas Tech fans’ confidence in the program:

Apparently, despite losing in Waco last weekend, you guys were impressed with the product that Wells put on the field. I remember writing a while ago that if Coach Wells is going to earn the trust and passion of this Texas Tech fan base the first thing he would have to do is get competitive. I wouldn’t make the argument that many do, saying “you have to win first,” because - as made apparent in this graph - winning isn’t always on the scoreboard.

moral victories don’t mean anything!!!! REEEEEE (angry troll sound)

Look, yes and no. To the average fan who is in and out out like the ebbs and flows of the ocean, yeah you just want to see wins on the schedule list and don’t care how it happens. For the rest of us who have invested time and heart into this program it’s clear to see that Wells is trying his damnest to create a strong foundation to build from in the coming years. This isn’t a man who was hired for a year of success, he was hired to build a winning program. Seems like a lot of us are coming around after a hell of a fight in the Baylor game. Next up? Iowa State back in our house!