By mark rogers
October 31, 2008
I was caught in the middle of a nasty argument at work today about the Texas/Texas Tech game.
I've lost a lot of credibility on this matter since I guaranteed Tech would lose to Kansas...the first time I've been wrong all year (sarcasm).
Here is my response to the Colt McCoy and Texas naysayers:
Harrell: 6-3, 205 lbs
256-360 (71.1%), 3,147 yds
Yds per attempt = 8.74
28 TD - 5 INT
6 TD rushing
QB rating = 167.43
McCoy: 6-3, 210 lbs
198-242 (81.1%), 2,285 yds
Yds per attempt = 9.44
21 TD - 4 INT
7 TD rushing
QB rating = 186.46
If Texas had thrown it 360 times, based on his YPA Colt would have 3,399 yds - 250 more yards than Harrell - but Texas has a balanced team aka a running game so they don't need to (UT has run the ball 120 more times than Tech).
Colt's bigger, faster, stronger, more accurate, more efficient and just plain better than Graham Harrell.
If Texas can pressure Harrell, make him get rid of the ball before he wants to and put him on the turf (somewhere he's not used to being - sacked only three times) then Texas will be able to get key stops in key moments of the game and win by simply outscoring Tech.
If Tech's defense can keep the big play receivers of
Tech will have home field advantage - which is actually huge in college football.
Tech has the biggest offensive line in college football.
That will be the key matchup tomorrow night. If
Also, the TT receivers have gone through some dropped passes/fumbling problems this year. If that shows up, it's bad news for the Red Raiders.
That's a lot of 'ifs'. My prediction? Tech will have its share of big plays early, get the crowd into it and jump out to a lead.
One other thing to remember - this is the biggest game in the history of the Texas Tech football program. This isn't the biggest game