There are a ton of questions surrounding the TCU-Texas Tech game Saturday, and if you're anything like us, you want to know as much about this new and improved Red Raiders team as possible. So, I sat down with RSmith1 of Viva the Matadors to get some info on the 2015 Tech squad. I also answered some questions for him, which you can find on VTM later today.
1) Texas Tech has scored in bunches to begin the season, how improved is Pat Mahomes, and is his improvement the reason for the uptick in offense?
2) Tech's defense has allowed 89 points through the first three games. How will this unit hold up in the Big 12, where they'll see better offenses than they encountered in non-conference play?
3) Obviously Tech fans remember the 82-27 score from a year ago, and Kingsbury acknowledged last week that he hasn't forgotten about it. How big of a motivating factor is that for Tech players coming into this game?
Publicly, they say its not a big factor. They remember it, but it's not what's driving them this year. Although, I have heard one report on campus where a Tech offensive player was asked by another student about it and his reply was "83". So individually it may be bigger than what they might tell to the media. I think some might want to send a statement, but who knows.
4) Give us a few Tech players to keep an eye on in this game.
5) What are the things Tech needs to do in this game to come away with a win?
Play a clean game first off. It's been a big point of emphasis that we shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties more than we were outmatched (TCU game notwithstanding). The last two games we've had a total of 8 penalties, which if we continue to play cleanly we should be in the game. Another key is to make Boykin uncomfortable and turn the ball over. I don't think TCU an win this year, based on seeing last week's SMU game, if they turn the ball over twice or more.