Before I arrived -- and encountered the wind I just described -- I had Texas Tech beating Kansas State 35-24. We'll stick with that, although I wouldn't be surprised if if it's closer than that.
Road games in the Big 12 are no easy thing, no matter who you are. Kansas was a 12-point favorite today at Iowa State and fell behind 20-0 in the first half. (Glad I said on the radio Friday to look for an ISU upset of the Jayhawks.).
It can happen here, too.
This fall day in Manhattan, Kan., resembles a spring day back in Lubbock. As we speak, the many flags in Bill Snyder Family Stadium are flapping hard in the breeze. According to the National Weather Service, it's a 21-mph southeast wind with gusts to 29. That's really windy and a little more brisk than what was forecast.
I suppose the Red Raiders have two options: Show that they're used to this kind of thing or ... call on those vaunted running backs that have been all the rage so far.
At any rate, don't look for the wind to abate.
Louis Vasquez will sit out tonight for the second time in three games. Jake Johnson is getting the start in his place. Johnson started the first five games of last season at right tackle, but he's worked exclusively at guard this year.
Texas Tech will finish the first third of the season with tonight's game. I think everyone except the UMass Minutemen and their moms and dads expect the Red Raiders to come out of this one 4-0.
I do, too. I'll say 52-21, Tech.
It's another great evening, weather-wise. Sunny, although there's a pretty good breeze out of the south prior to kickoff.
Daniel Charbonnet intercepted passes to end SMU's first two series. One was on an overthrown ball, the other a diving grab after the football glanced off the hand of the intended receiver.
Also, in the first quarter, Tech has a 35-yard field goal from Donnie Carona, a 43-yard touchdown run up the middle from Baron Batch and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Mike Crabtree. On the Batch touchdown, credit key blocks to Stephen Hamby, Brandon Carter and Ryan Hale, who opened a big hole.
It's 15-0 Tech at the end of the first quarter.
I tried to mention this pre-game, but it didn't show up on the posted entries. But it looks as if we should make it through this game with weather being no factor. A few clouds in the sky, but it's sunny and warm.
Not bad after a single-day Lubbock record 7.8 inches of rain on Thursday and a flooded field on Friday. By the way, there's no sign of footing problems in the early going. The field really is, as Blayne Beal said Friday afternoon, "dry as it can be.''
As expected, Brent Nickerson is starting his third game in a row. But L.A. Reed could get his first snaps of the season at some point.
Also, OG Louis Vasquez has returned to the starting lineup. Stephen Hamby, who filled in the last two weeks when Vasquez was injured, slid back over to start at center.
SMU's not as good a football team as Nevada. In fact, I don't think they're as good as Eastern Washington. Not right now anyway.
Therefore, with this being only the Mustangs' third game under June Jones and Tech being back at home, I look for the Red Raiders to post that blowout win that so many people have been waiting for.
I'm calling for Tech 63, SMU 14.
It looks as if Brent Nickerson will make his third start in a row on Saturday against SMU. However, as we reported earlier this week, L.A. Reed practiced and he'll be available to play on Saturday.
Reed was the first-teamer before he hurt an ankle on Aug. 19, which cost him the first two games.
Today's rainfall total in Lubbock is approaching 7 inches. Local meteorologist Ron Roberts just said, "This record's not going to be broken anytime soon.''
Kind of like Dimaggio's 56-game hitting streak.
Anyhow, the Tech-SMU game remains same time, same place, and situations like this are exactly why you installed FieldTurf two years ago. The drainage system is supposed to dispense with 8 inches of water an hour.
Shawn Brewer, Tech's superintendent of athletic fields, told me that an occasional really heavy rain is actually good for the drainage system.