5 Quick thoughts: Rock fight in Lubbock

Sam  (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

IT Gameday Primer – Texas Tech

IT Gameday Primer (Will Johniken/IT)

The No. 19 Longhorns travel to Lubbock for a matchup with the Red Raiders of Tech. Texas looks to snap a two-game losing streak in the land of thrown tortillas. The Gameday Primer gets you prepared with previews, matchups, injury reports, and more. Get some.

Inside the Gameplan: Escape from Lubbock

Malcolm Roach (Will Gallagher/IT)

Shortly after Texas came up short against the West Virginia Mountaineers, the team that we all thought was going to provide the real problem for Texas played in primetime against the Sooners. Texas Tech gave Oklahoma their best shot, picking off Kyler Murray twice to start the game and managing to get 46 points on the board only to come up short in a 51-46 defeat.

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview

Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

The 5-4 Red Raiders have had a competitive season (their three Big 12 losses are all by 9 points or less to ISU, OU and WVU and their non conference opening loss to Ole Miss was when Bowman was still a pup) peppered with some bad streaks of injury luck. Texas represents an opportunity for them to secure bowl eligibility and for Kliff Kingsbury to secure yet another job security win over Texas.