Coach V’s grades – Texas Tech

Armanti Foreman (Will Gallagher/IT)

We got out-toughed. It was ugly. That’s being kind. Armanti Foreman was the best senior on senior night—we got his best for this year. Jake McMillon had the best night blocking—he actually got a block on his LB (td run) on a night where we turned the LB’s free without a contest. Devin Duvernay had three nice plays. We had great individual plays along the line but weren’t anywhere near consistent.

An optimist, a pessimist, and a realist walk into a bar

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s funny when you’ve known people long enough to know what they are, at least by posting history, but you’re mistaken for all three at times. Happens to us all.

I fancy myself a realist but at times optimism and pessimism leak into my writing, especially when influenced by what I’m hearing as opposed to just my general, realistic thoughts.

5 Quick thoughts: Texas loses its composure

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

That was disappointing defeat, if for no other reason than the simple fact that it would have guaranteed Texas’ first winning season since 2013. That somehow unreached goal is still out there for Texas if they can win the bowl game. In the meantime they probably just helped Kliff Kingsbury secure another year as the head coach at Texas Tech

Thanksgiving leftovers in the Humidor

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The West Virginia win was big in many regards. We’ve been mentioning how big the win was for team psyche and long-term buy-in, but it was also a good opportunity to raise some money for the school. A booster or two took it upon himself to get the hat passed around and a significant amount of money was pledged in a short period of time. Even at the season’s lowest points we mentioned Herman was under no heat from the school or boosters but that doesn’t mean key players were in a hurry to part with money. The WVU win was a nice little windfall for your struggling little athletic department.

Scouting the Texas Tech Red Raiders

Kris Boyd. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The 5-6 Red Raiders are 2-6 in Big 12 play and fighting for a bowl bid. Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are fighting for a winning regular season and program buy-in.

Neither set of motivations will matter one bit after the first play of the game and the pads start popping.

C-BOG: Nonlinear

Connor Williams (Will Gallagher/IT)

When I was a kid, probably eight or nine years old, I had a boil on my back. I don’t remember much about it, and haven’t thought about it for years until I was ruminating on the West Virginia game this morning.

Inside the Gameplan: Awaiting Texas Tech

WVU DBs

Texas’ victory over West Virginia was a bit fortuitous in that they finally got to face a diminished opponent when Will Grier broke his finger rather than yet another top quarterback and offense, but it was no less a breakthrough for this team. The defense smothered the Mountaineers throughout the day and held them to only seven points, but that wasn’t the big win for the day.