In his tenure at Texas, head coach Tom Herman has consistently stated the goal for his program is to be in contention for the Big 12 Championship in the months of November and December. It was a mantra he repeated after the season-opening loss to Maryland and at several other points throughout the year. In order to remain in contention for the conference crown, Texas must defeat visiting Iowa State this Saturday.
For Texas, it was a good thing college games are 40 minutes long rather than 34. For 34 minutes on Monday, Texas was even with the ULM Warhawks, a team 218 spots behind them in the Kenpom advanced metrics.
Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey wins the prestigious Fitzpatrick/Winston Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Production Paired With Multiple Boneheaded Turnovers In The Red Zone. The preseason 3rd string QB for the Red Raiders amassed 524 yards of offense (444 throwing, 80 rushing) while also coughing up the ball three times deep inside the Texas Longhorn 19 yard line.
This game really shouldn’t be close, but we’ve made things tough on ourselves in both games already, so we’ll see.
Here’s a few things I’ll be looking for.
The Longhorns put up 41 points in Lubbock despite surrendering a season worst 5 sacks; Sam Ehlinger set the Big 12 record for consecutive attempts without an interception, further cementing himself as a damn good Longhorn QB and a bona fide winner who has grown more than any player in the program; the staff offset a couple of uninspired second half booth series with some terrific play calls and big picture decisions; and LJH and Duvernay combined for four touchdowns catches, mercilessly exploiting IT’s pre-game identified weakness of Tech’s cornerback play.
If you heard the theme song to M.A.S.H. during UT’s locker room celebration on Saturday night, it wasn’t a flashback to the 70s. With the physicality this team plays with, you’re going to get banged up. It got to a point in Lubbock where we saw third stringers on the field, like Donovan Duvernay. Here’s what we’re hearing + recruiting in the Scoop.
The grades are in after UT’s 41-34 thrilling win over Tech in Lubbock. Offense making strides and defense going another direction for the Longhorns in early November.
Down Collin Johnson for its game against Texas Tech, Texas knew the Red Raiders would pay close attention to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. They got a front row seat to his game-winning performance.
It always has to be close. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a team that is less effective at putting opponents away. Tom Herman still seems to be adjusting to the fact that these Air Raid teams aren’t going to play by conventional rules. They’ll load the box and bring run blitzes, recklessly so even, and make you either score quickly and embrace the shootout nature of the game or else run into a mass of bodies a few times and then punt the ball back to them.
Texas-Tech game predictions, standouts, Game of the Week and Upset of the Week. All in the IT Roundtable.