By: Anonymous on September 15, 2007 - 12:27pm - Add new comment
Just like last week, I'm having trouble conjuring up a scenario whereby Texas Tech's opponent makes a game of it. Rice's pass defense stinks so far, the Owls' offense has scored 14 and 17 points in their first two games, and all their kids still are adjusting to a new coach.And need we remind everyone that this team got beat by Nicholls State and routed by Baylor?So the call for today is Tech 52, Rice 14. I know; I should know better after last week's 60-10 prediction blew up in my face.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 5:46pm - Add new comment
Well, I blew it on the 60-10 pick. The Tech offense has turned it over twice, the defense has missed a slew of tackles, and it's 21-7 UTEP at the end of the first quarter.It's either going to get really ugly or Tech fans will have a comeback to celebrate tonight.The stadium's full. They just need something to cheer about.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 5:25pm - Add new comment
The game's less than 10 minutes old, UTEP has had three possessions, and Tech already has used 21 players on defense.Ten backups have gotten in so far: Colby Whitlock, Brian Jones, Clint Stoffels, Daniel Howard, Sandy Riley, Blake Collier, Victor Hunter, Daniel Charbonnet, Anthony Hines and Marcus Bunton.So we're seeing what we saw last week, Tech doing a lot of rotation at defensive tackle and substitution packages at the other positions.Of course, it's 14-7 UTEP, so they haven't stopped the Miners from scoring.That's the point, right?
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 4:56pm - Add new comment
Let the RED Raiders fans start moaning. Tech's wearing black jerseys over white pants tonight. I will say this, though: Under Armour mixed some scarlet into the jerseys. There's a scarlet stripe across the top of the shoulder pads and a couple of scarlet stripes in front that are more or less vertical from the neck line down to the armpits.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 4:48pm - Add new comment
For folks who are unfamiliar with Stephen Hamby, he joined the program as a walk-on in the spring of 2004 when he wasn't quite big enough or strong enough to contend for playing time right away. He's an example of what can happen when you have some ability and keep plugging away. Line coach Matt Moore said in August that Hamby and tackle Marlon Winn know they're just one snap, one injury (someone else's) away from playing, and that's what's happened for Hamby.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 4:42pm - Add new comment
As we reported earlier this week, it looks as if Stephen Hamby will draw his first career start this evening against UTEP. Hamby warmed up with the first offensive line today.The good news is that first-team center Shawn Byrnes isn't badly hurt. Byrnes is suited up today and was on the field during pre-game warmups. He got hurt in Tuesday night's light day-after-the-game practice and was in an orthopedic boot the rest of the week.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 4:35pm - Add new comment
Defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich told us this week that there's still heated competition for starting jobs on defense.Don't know if anything should be read into this, but during pre-game warmups Chad Hill (last week's starter at weak-side linebacker) was taking reps with the second-team linebackers and Marlon Williams was taking reps with the first-team linebackers.Guess we'll know for sure in about a half-hour.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 4:18pm - Add new comment
As of a few moments ago, it was 86 degrees here in Lubbock.It's a hot West Texas afternoon for football. Don't see any thunderheads anywhere around the stadium, though.That's the good part.Last night, dozens of high school games around the South Plains were interrupted/delayed/postponed because of lightning.Maybe we can dodge the bad stuff tonight.
By: Anonymous on September 8, 2007 - 3:55pm - Add new comment
OK, I was dead wrong last week, thinking Tech-SMU would be a reasonably close game.So I'm calling a blowout a week later. Tech 60, UTEP 10.I say 60-10 a bit tongue in cheek. As I put it on "Williams & Hyatt'' yesterday, last week the Miners had 10 in their column, 6 in the opponents' column; this week, they'll have 10 in their column, 60 in the opponents' column.