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Double-T Nation 8 hours ago

Week 1 Vegas Odds: Texas Tech vs Sam Houston State

Let's take a look at the odds from Vegas for the week 1 games Each week I'll highlight one game (usually Tech) and mention something about the point spread. Also, some of the writers will be doing a pick em challenge via Fox Sports and I will highlight how that contest is going. The games we will be picking are all Big 12 games and any game involving a ranked team. We will be picking against the spread and be using a confidence points system, so our records may not be stellar. Each week I'll list the spreads for the games we're picking and the current standings. Main game: Sam Houston State...
Double-T Nation 11 hours ago

Saturday's Storyline: Texas Tech vs. Sam Houston St.

What's the biggest storyline for game one of the 2015 season? During the season, I will spend Friday's Raider Read on the upcoming game's biggest storyline as I see it. This first game's storyline writes itself. With an FCS opponent on the schedule and the team and fanbase needing a jumpstart after last year's debacle, the storyline is easy: Do what you are supposed to do! That means no repeat of last season's Central Arkansas game. Go score early, score often, hold them to about 20 points, limit boneheaded plays and start the season off on the right foot. Those are the things we are...
Double-T Nation 20 hours ago

Texas Tech, Big 12 Preview & Picks: Week 1

In a new weekly column, Conner sets the stage for Big 12 play and gives game predictions for the week! College football is nigh upon us. Week 1 of the season sees all but one of the Big 12 teams playing opponents from lesser conferences. The Big 12 currently has 3 teams in the Top 25 and come next week I expect that number to stay the same. However, college football has taught us one life lesson; expect the unexpected. Thursday, September 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys at Central Michigan Chippewas Kelly/Shorts Stadium; Mount Pleasant, MI; 6:00 PM; ESPNU So tonight the above programs...
Double-T Nation 23 hours ago

3 Warning Signs to Watch Out for on Saturday

How much can you really learn from the first game? We'll explore 3 stats that -if present- could foreshadow an ugly season. 1. Point Margin Less Than 14 Since 2005, Texas Tech has beat their FCS opponents by an average of 42.8 points. With the exception of last year's 7 point debacle against Central Arkansas. The next closest margin of victory was 25 points. Most of my peers will tell you not to worry about the final score on Saturday. I'm going to take a slightly contrarian approach. If Texas Tech wins by 14 points or less, then you should worry. Now, listen very carefully. The next...
Double-T Nation Sep 3, 2015

Film Room Previews: Sam Houston State

Diving back into some film to see what we can learn about Tech's Week 1 opponent, SHSU. The Sam Houston State Bearkats had a little bit of a strange 2014. They struggled a little in non-conference play, then tore up the Southland Conference with a 7-1 record, eventually making it all the way to the semifinals of the playoffs before running into the buzzsaw that is North Dakota State. They're a little bit of a tougher test than some lower division opponents, but ultimately I think we have the firepower, and more importantly, the speed, to get a solid win in Week 1. OFFENSE: Air Raid With A...
Double-T Nation Sep 3, 2015

College Football Season Is Better Than Christmas Season

Let's have some fun. In the spirit of the season (college football season that is), I want to have a little fun. Here are 13 ways college football season is infinitely better than the Christmas season. 1) Yelling at the television is perfectly acceptable during football season. 2) Your wife tolerates you spending all day Saturday on the couch watching football games. 3) No ugly Christmas sweater parties to attend during football season. Yes people, let's stop having those immediately! 4) No one sends cards that are thrown away December 26th having served no purpose other than to...
Double-T Nation Sep 2, 2015

Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup: Upcoming Defensive & Special Teams Needs

This week I look at what defensive and special team needs the Red Raiders will have in the next few years. Last week I looked towards the future and what Texas Tech's upcoming offensive needs will be. This week I check out what the needs on the other side of the ball will be along with special teams. Either way, our 2016 recruiting class is pretty balanced and we will be looking pretty good along the defensive line. Again, freshmen include both walk-ons and redshirts for the 2015 season Defensive Backs Defensive...
Double-T Nation Sep 2, 2015

Texas Tech Coordinators Talk Sam Houston State

David Gibbs and Eric Morris answered questions from the media at Monday's press conference. Coordinators David Gibbs and Eric Morris spoke with media at Monday's press conference. Here are some highlights. David Gibbs The first question right out of the box was about turnovers. He said he will take as many as he can get. Last year, the Bearkats gave it away an average of 1.5 times per game. While the Bearkat quarterback, Jared Johnson, didn't throw more than two interceptions in a game last season, he did throw two interceptions in 25% of their games. One of those games was against their...
Double-T Nation Sep 1, 2015

Red Raiders in the NFL 2015 Preseason Edition Volume 1

Yes it's still just preseason, but that doesn't mean some great athletes that donned the Scarlet and Black haven't been on the field. Jonathan takes a look at what some Red Raiders did last year and what to look for this year. Currently there are 11 Red Raiders playing in the NFL. There a few, like Crabtree, Amendola, and Vasquez that will be starting, but there are others that are currently "fringe" players hoping to make the team as cuts begin to trim rosters down to 53 players. Jace Amaro (TE, NY Jets) Last season, Jace had a great rookie season. Playing in 14 games and starting in 4, he...
Double-T Nation Sep 1, 2015

Texas Tech Men's Basketball Newcomers

Football is around the corner, therefore let's talk about basketball and meet the new guys The 2014-15 men's basketball team struggled through yet another season, finishing with a 13-19 record, with only 3 of those wins coming in Big 12 play. In what will be Tubby Smith's third season at the helm, this team will look to up that win total by adding some athleticism, in order to better compete in arguably the best conference in college basketball. Meet your new Red Raiders. Jordan Jackson (Fr) | Guard | 6'3", 180 lbs St. Pius X High School (Houston, Tx) Rated as a 3 star signee by ESPN,...
Double-T Nation Sep 1, 2015

Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury's Monday Press Conference Recap

Coach Kingsbury answered questions from the media yesterday. Monday's press conference has had some interesting comments from the head coach. He says the quarterbacks are listed as "or" on the depth chart  because the one set to start on Saturday gives us he best chance to win right now but he feels he has two starters. When I heard that, I felt like he is already setting up is excuse for when he pulls the starter quarterback for bad play and puts the other in. However, later in the presser he said "There won't be a quick hook." So obviously I can't figure this quarterback thing out and...
Double-T Nation Aug 31, 2015

The Tech Effect, Part 3

From coaches to graduates, Texas Tech is putting it's stamp on college football I still remember Spring days as an undergrad and hearing reports of coaches from other schools traveling to Lubbock to see Texas Tech's spring practices and to learn the air-raid system. It always seemed a little odd to me that other coaches would come from various schools from around the country and even more so that Coach Leach would let them. That's the great thing most people missed about Mike Leach. He didn't care. He was in it to change college football and he didn't care how many people knew his system....
Double-T Nation Aug 31, 2015

Texas Tech History Lesson: Michael Crabtree Catch

The final entry in the Texas Tech History Lesson Series, Crabtree's Catch! Was there ever any question as to which Texas Tech Athletics moment would wrap up this History Lesson series? Less than one week remains before Tech opens up their season in Lubbock against Sam Houston State. There is no better choice to excite for a new football season than using the most iconic moment in Texas Tech football history! Let’s take a look back to November 1, 2008. When ESPN’s College Gameday was in Lubbock to broadcast a game between two undefeated teams from Texas. (Bob Knight, Lee Corso, and...
Double-T Nation Aug 31, 2015

What we will learn from Texas Tech vs Sam Houston?

Is there anything to be learned a game versus an FCS school? It's GAME WEEK! Hearing those words is so refreshing. We only get 12 or 13 game weeks a year, so enjoy them. Jonathan, Ryan and I touched on this a little bit in the Air Raid Podcast that posted late yesterday evening, but I saved most of my thoughts for this article. What questions will be answered on Saturday? I will start by saying that I feel there are very few definitive answers that will come from Saturday's game. I think the game will be only the first brushstroke of a painting that will take most of the season to...
Double-T Nation Aug 30, 2015

Episode #8: Talking Texas Tech football and the quarterback position

Talking all things Tech football! I present the Air Raid Podcast for you listening pleasure. Jonathan, Ryan and I talk all things Sam Houston State and the quarterback situation. Enjoy. Air_Raid_Episode__8.0.mp3
Double-T Nation Aug 30, 2015

Week 1 Football Depth Chart Released

The official depth chart for the game against Sam Houston State has been released. Earlier this evening the official media guide for the week 1 game against SHSU was published, and among the 32 pages, one page in particular has garnered much interest in social media. The guide can be found here, but the most intriguing page is #10, the depth chart. There are some changes to what was published for camp, and one particular note that seems to have most of social media in a bit of an uproar...... Washington is listed as the starting RB with White as 2nd string. What you will most likely see...
Double-T Nation Aug 28, 2015

5 Reasons Texas Tech Fans Should Be Optimistic About 2015

Now that we're 7 days away from the first game of the football season, let's turn on the hype machine and explore 5 reasons Texas Tech fans should be pumped about 2015 ! 1.) Closer Than You Remember In 2014, the Red Raiders were a field goal and a 2-point conversion away from a very different season. While West Virginia and Baylor were probably the best examples of close contests, those weren't the only winnable games. The chart below details the closest Texas Tech got to beating their opponents in the 4th quarter. In 6 of the 8 games Texas Tech loss, the Red Raiders were either...
Double-T Nation Aug 28, 2015

The Last Staffer Season Prediction

Game by game breakdown from one of the "New" guys As a new contributor to VTM I wanted to take this as an opportunity to introduce myself. You've already seen a few of my postings. My name is Ryan and I graduated from Texas Tech in 2007. I grew up a fan of Notre Dame and Oklahoma, but that all changed once I arrived in Lubbock. I am die-hard Tech fan and an eternal optimist when it comes to Tech football as long as the Head Coach isn't someone named Tuberville. You've seen the other staff's predictions on how this season will turn out... here's mine. ----> From a fan's perspective, there...
Double-T Nation Aug 28, 2015

VTM Has Texas Tech Football Covered This Season

A few updates before the season begins........ With game week starting on Monday, I want to bring you up to speed on some VTM updates. New Writers First of all, a few new guys are writing for us. Ryan, Clay and Nathan joined us recently and have already started pumping out some great articles . If you haven't seen any of their work yet, be on the lookout for their articles over the next few weeks . Parker joined us as well and will be writing about Red Raider basketball and baseball. He will be introducing you to the new faces on the Red Raider basketball team early next week. Weekly...
Double-T Nation Aug 27, 2015

Talkin' Big XII Conference Stuff With Mark Rogers & Friends

Talkin' Big XII Conference Stuff With Mark Rogers I got the opportunity to sit down with Mark Rogers and talk about the Big XII conference and the non conference schedule. Check it out!