Tag:Texas Tech
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 5:11 pm

Big 12 releases schedules, preserves rivalries

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The, um, "newly svelte" Big 12 announced yesterday that its members had approved a new nine-game, round-robin schedule for play, and the conference released its future schedules for play today. You can check out the full conference schedule by team here, courtesy of the Big 12's website.

Now, it's not saying much to say that a round-robin schedule is fair; round robins are inherently so, considering everyone plays everyone else, and any home/away disparities get evened out the next season. That's how football schedules are done, and this is no exception. There are a few points of elegance to the Big 12's new schedule, though, and they warrant mention:

1. Balance. This is obviously Texas and Oklahoma's league now; with Nebraska soon to be out of the picture, they're the two dominant programs, and nobody else really looks structurally capable of challenging them on a year-to-year basis. Thus, the other eight programs would generally regard UT and OU as their "toughest games of the year." And sure enough, nobody has to face Texas and Oklahoma back to back.

What's more, only Texas Tech and Baylor face both the Longhorns and the Sooners away in 2011; everybody else splits those games up home and away every year. And before Tech and Bears fans gripe about that, their teams are also the only ones who get both teams at home the next season and every other season thereafter.

2. No really, the balance. If there is a program which is set up to be the third power in the conference, it's probably Texas A&M. Sure, the Aggies haven't really had their act together on the field for the last decade or so, but that won't last forever. Commissioner Dan Beebe and the Big 12 know that, of course, so not only does nobody have to play Texas and Oklahoma in a row, only two of the seven other schools have to play any two of the Texas/Texas A&M/Oklahoma trio in a row: Baylor (again!) and Kansas, who each see A&M the week before playing Texas. That's it.

3. Rivalries. Probably our favorite aspect of this schedule is the final week, when every program has a traditional rivalry game. Sure, that's when Texas-Texas A&M has always been played, and other rivalries have often (but not always) taken place that weekend. Now, it's set in stone: Iowa State-Kansas State, Kansas-Missouri, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Texas Tech-Baylor and Texas-Texas A&M every final week. That's a good thing.

It's actually surprising the Big Ten didn't push harder for this type of setup; that conference divides up into traditional rivals just as easily, but only Michigan-Ohio State and Nebraska-Iowa are locked in for the final week in both of the first two seasons put forth by the Big Ten. Kudos to the Big 12 for realizing the value of Thanksgiving weekend rivalry games.

4. And finally, a way out. It's funny, the schedules are, according to the Big 12, set up in perpetuity; the 2013 schedule will be the same in 2015, 2017, 2019, etc. And yet, nobody actually wants that, right? College football's not boring by any stretch, but some variety in conference scheduling always helps. Similarly, nobody actually wants the Big 12 to stay at 10 teams forever, right? The Big 12 Championship game was way too much of a cash cow for the conference to just drop it forever, and there's significantly less charm in the whole "conference name doesn't match the number of members" situation when the actual number of members is lower. They'll be back to, uh, 12 members at some point. Count on it.

So, in about 2015 or so, when the conference members start getting a little tired of the schedule ("Wow, it's ISU-Texas to kick off the conference season AGAIN"), that'll be one more accelerant to the process of expanding the conference back to its previous 12. It's all quite perfect, really.

Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 4:23 pm

Mike Leach isn't taking over at New Mexico

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Wednesday afternoon a report surfaced -- via a Facebook page -- that New Mexico was going to fire head coach Mike Locksley following the Lobos' game against New Mexico State on October 9 and that he was going to be replaced by Mike Leach.   Now, considering all the trouble that Locksley has run in to since taking over the New Mexico program, and the team's record, the idea of Locksley being fired isn't all that crazy.

What is crazy is the idea that Mike Leach is taking over for him.  College Football Talk spoke with Leach's lawyer, Ted Liggett, and Liggett denied that any of this was true.
Ted Liggett has been Leach's attorney for over 12 years, and is representing the coach in his lawsuit against Texas Tech.  CFT spoke to Liggett just a short time ago, and, after mentioning "Area 51" and "telepathy with extraterrestrials", he denied in no uncertain terms every aspect of the report/rumors.

"There is zero truth to these reports.  None.  You can quote me on that," the Lubbock-based attorney said.  "There have been no discussions with anyone [regarding potential future openings] as far as I know.  And I would know."
So it looks like Leach's pirate ship isn't going to be making it's way to Albuquerque, which makes a lot of sense seeing as how New Mexico is a land-locked state. 

Leach, if you remember, was fired at Texas Tech last December thanks in large part to allegedly locking Adam James -- the son of ESPN analyst Craig James -- in a room following a concussion.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:59 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 3:25 am

Texas rides defense to 24-14 victory

Posted by Chip Patterson

If there was ever any doubt in anyone's mind why Will Muschamp is Texas' coach-in-waiting, Saturday night was a perfect reminder of why he holds that title.

Texas' defense held Texas Tech to just 142 total yards and just one scoring drive in the Longhorn's 24-14 victory over the Red Raiders in Lubbock.  Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert orchestrated a gutsy 23 play touchdown drive in the beginning of the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Longhorns.  The drive, which took Texas 80 yards in 9:25, deflated Jones AT&T Field.  

The Texas Tech offense is clearly different from the Mike Leach-led squads of years past, but no one expected them to be held back like they were on Saturday.  Taylor Potts finished the game 21-35 for 159 yards and two interceptions.  Gilbert threw three interceptions himself, but he threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns.  The Red Raiders looked to have swung the momentum back their way at halftime after being down 14-0, but were unable to capitalize after tying the game at 14-14.  

Gilbert still has some maturing to do before penciling in Texas as a Big 12 title favorite, but one thing is clear: the Longhorns defense will carry Texas this season.  The Red Raiders found themselves unable to penetrate Texas territory for most of the game, and the secondary was able to capitalize on on Taylor Potts mistakes when he made them.  

Texas Tech kept it competitive for a while, but the Longhorns' withstood their first true road test, and proved themselves as contenders for the Big 12 championship, and at least relevant in the national title discussion.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 10:00 pm

Texas Tech rides momentum to tie Texas at 14

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Texas Longhorns looked to have escaped the typical Lubbock atmosphere by jumping to a quick 14-0 lead over Texas Tech in the first eight minutes of play.  But the Red Raiders do not die quickly against Texas at home.

Texas Tech's secondary picked off quarterback Garrett Gilbert three times, including one that was returned for a touchdown, and Taylor Potts orchestrated a 6 play, 68 yard touchdown drive to bring the Red Raiders back into the game at a 14-14 tie.

Texas was closing in on the goal line and the chance to increase their lead to 21-0 when Gilbert's pass was intercepted by Jarvis Phillips and taken 85 yards the other way for a touchdown.  The play brought the crowd in Lubbock back to life and energized the Texas Tech.  From there on out, the Red Raiders defense became much more aggressive, resulting in the inexperienced Gilbert throwing another interception to Phillips and the Longhorns punting twice.

The momentum started in the hands of the Longhorns, taking advantage of the bad snap on the Red Raiders' first offensive play, but the swing was dramatic in the favor of Tech after the pick six.  Hopefully for Texas fans, Mack Brown is calming down his squad right now and reminding them that this will be a game of many momentum swings, and not let it phase them.  If they have any reason to question that, there are a few upperclassmen that can attest to what happened in 2008.  

But for us as fans, we can only anxiously await what we have in store.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 am

Game day weather updates, Week 3

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Will the heat affect teams' gameplans in the southeast? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia, 12:00, Athens, GA: Lower 80s, clear, hot

Maryland at No. 21 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 8 Nebraska at Washington, 3:30, Seattle, WA: Mid 60s, cloudy, scattered showers

No. 18 USC at Minnesota, 3:30, Minneapolis, MN: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

No. 10 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Mid 80s, clear, hot

Evening kickoffs

Clemson at No. 16 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Mid 80s, cloudy, slight chance of showers

No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech, 8:00, Lubbock, TX: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, windy

Late kickoffs

No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona, 10:30, Tucson, AZ: Lower 90s, breezy, hot

No. 23 Houston at UCLA, 10:30, Pasadena, CA: Upper 60s, clear

Wake Forest at No. 19 Stanford, 11:15, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 60s, clear

Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:40 pm

Texas Tech fans don't really understand noise

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the best games of the weekend tomorrow will be the showdown between Texas and Texas Tech in Lubbock, where Texas has only won 9 of their last 18 road games. It's a hostile environment and Texas has looked sluggish at... at times... yes, I said hostile environment. They get loud in Lubbock, you know. What's that? They're going to try the opposite of that? No, they're not. N-no... there's no way... oh for (not) crying out loud:

According to KENS5, the Texas Tech student government has told the students to be completely quiet when the Longhorns take the field because they think silence will be more intimidating than making lots of hissing noises and boos.

"They're used to someone yelling at them," said Drew Graham of Texas Tech's student government. "You can boo as loud as you want, but if we really get the stands to be completely silent, that has got to be more threatening to any team than anything else."

It doesn't matter whether the players are "used" to yelling. Boxers are used to punches being thrown at them; that doesn't mean offering them a cake at the first bell is a good idea.

Also, come on. There is nothing threatening about silence, unless it comes from a deeply disappointed boss or family member--usually when either of them see how drunk you are, and my god at 3:30 on a Wednesday, what has gotten into you? But at a football game? Players brag about quieting crowds. They taunt fans by giving them the shhh gesture. That's supposed to make you angry, not be a helpful suggestion!

Further, just because the Tech students are silent doesn't mean the entire stadium's going to be silent. There are still going to be Texas fans at the stadium, and they probably won't feel like observing the same moment of silence when their beloved Longhorns fans take the field. And while it's certainly a polite gesture to let the incoming Longhorns hear their cheering section of fans without any distraction, this is football, not golf.

Our only hope is that this seems like every bit the bad idea to the students themselves as it does to us. Tech fans: don't do this. Boo. Boo lustily. And sack Drew Graham from student government immediately, as he is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. A silent treatment in college football. Good grief.

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