It’s that time of year again. Texas Tech plays against the mighty Kansas Jayhawks and has a chance to look better than they really are. But lately under the leadership of the current coaching staff, the Red Raiders have made it seem like they are playing in the most difficult game of the season against a program whom some might question if several Texas High School football teams could hang with. I do not intend to sound like a total pessimist here, but has Matt Wells and Co. ever really given fans a reason to be optimistic about the direction this program is headed? However, for the sake of the readers, I will not go on a rant about why this staff should be looking at new homes elsewhere already, but I will break down this upcoming game of two Big Twelve powerhouses.
Let’s begin by breaking down the Red Raiders. This roster is arguably one of the most talented ones the Red Raiders have had in the last decade. They are running the football very well, led by SaRodorick Thompson who has 231 yards on the ground and 6 TDs through the 4 games he has played in. The run game is missing Tahj Brooks who exploded onto the scene in his first 3 games only to be injured. Tech fans haven’t seen the young star on the field since the game against FIU.
Backup quarterback Henry Colombi has played well through 4 games as he has replaced the injured Tyler Shough. He has thrown the football for 942 yards and 3 TDs. One of the bright spots of this team is that the offense is significantly improved under new offensive coordinator Sonnie Cumbie.
Now we come to the defense. This has been the worst part of this team since entering conference play, especially when it comes to defending the run. In our losses this year, TCU and Texas both rushed for over 300 yards against Keith Patterson’s defense. Now the Jayhawks don’t have a running back the caliber of Evans of TCU or Robinson of Texas, but they do rely heavily on the run game having three players rushing for over 100 yards. Can Patterson force Kansas to throw the football with a quarterback in Jason Bean who has thrown 3 interceptions? We shall see on Saturday afternoon.
Now for some hard truth. If Texas Tech goes into Lawrence, Kansas and beats the Jayhawks by three plus touchdowns on their Homecoming game for them, don’t be fooled by a 5-2 record. Yes, it would be the Red Raiders best start in several years, but this team has been very inconsistent this season. Too many slow starts, no change in scheme even with teams gashing our current one, and seemingly no accountability on the staff, we can expect nothing more than the same mediocre play this program has grown accustomed to since 2009. I hope nothing more than for Matt Wells to prove me and others who share my thoughts wrong, but he hasn’t shown me that he and his staff is capable of delivering anything better than what we’ve already seen. Apologies for the extended rant here at the end, but certain things need to be said. As always, keep your guns up high and Ramble on! Wreck ‘Em!