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Double-T Nation Jul 27, 2016

Break In Case Of Emergency - Every excuse you’ll need to survive the College Football Season

Welcome to Viva The Matador’s Excuse Emporium, where your team can win every game if not for insert thing here. Unless we are the most homer of homers, we all understand the possibility of our team losing. There are very few teams in the nation that go into every game favored, and the odds are that your team is not one of them. Last year, there was not a single team in the nation that went undefeated. Losing is tough. It grinds at your core, especially if you’re an alumnus of the school. It’s where you spent four (or five) years of your life, how dare it be desecrated by that...
Double-T Nation Jul 27, 2016

The 5 Biggest Roster Questions Heading Into The Season

As the season approaches, there's still a few unknowns about this Texas Tech team. The season is just right around the corner and I don't know a single fan who doesn't wish it could start tomorrow. Although the season is almost here, there's still a few things that are left unknown for the roster. Today we'll take a look at the top 5 questions heading into the 2016 season. 5) How many snaps will Derrick Willies see? Cantrell/Davis competition? Derrick Willies was basically the best JUCO wide receiver recruit last season and many teams would've loved to have landed him. Willies ultimately...
Double-T Nation Jul 26, 2016

Big 12 Stadiums, Ranked - Part 1

Five (!!!!!) weeks from now, Viva the Matadors will be in full football season swing, getting ready for the SFA opener at The Jones. NFL players are about to report to training camp, with both the college and professional seasons almost upon us. Until then, we’ll take a look at the other football stadiums in our conference, and because ranking things arbitrarily is fun, we decided to rank them as well. This week we’ll start with the “Trash on the Brazos” stadiums. 10. McClane Stadium - Baylor University Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Real Facts Opened in 2014...
Double-T Nation Jul 25, 2016

Patrick Ma-Heisman?

How Pat could actually win the Heisman...or get pretty close. Patrick Mahomes will go into the 2016 season ranked anywhere from 13th to 16th on the list of preseason Heisman hopefuls, depending on which Las Vegas hotel’s sports book you visit. "On the radar" would be a good term to use for him. While I’m not naive enough to think he should be a favorite to beat out the likes of Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) or Leonard Fournette (LSU), who all finished in the top six of Heisman voting last season, I do believe Mahomes can make some real noise and possibly be...
Double-T Nation Jul 25, 2016

Monday Matador Mailbag 7.25.16

Same mailbag, different Monday. As always, we here at Viva The Matadors appreciate all the questions we get. As always, we’ll answer them regardless of the subject. Let’s get to it: @vivathematadors Who is your defensive freshman sleeper pick for the defense this year?— Alex (@ttuisthebest) July 25, 2016 Does D’Vonta Hinton count as a sleeper pick? This kid has potential. According to Texas Tech Athletics, he was one of two true freshman to see action in the 2015 season. He had himself a game against Kansas State, recorded a couple of sacks against Texas, and even forced a...
Double-T Nation Jul 24, 2016

ICYMI: Kliff Kingsbury on Sportcenter

Just in case you missed the Kliff Kingsbury Sportcenter segment, here's a quick recap and a link. The fearless leader graced the halls of ESPN for a special Sportcenter segment. The availability started off with a comparison between Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. Kliff said that we're on track but we're not there yet. He talked a lot about having recruits that were hand picked by this staff, especially those on the defensive side of the ball. He also talked about negative recruiting, and had some, er, pointed things to say about coaches contacting players who...
Double-T Nation Jul 23, 2016

Tim Tadlock to throw out first pitch at today's Astros game

Tim Tadlock will grace Houston with the first pitch Any of y'all in Houston? Are you going to the Astros game? If you didn't know already, you're in for a treat: Tim Tadlock will be throwing out the first pitch tonight. Houston area Red Raiders: @TimTadlockTTU will throw out the first pitch Saturday at @Astros game. #WreckEm #WTT pic.twitter.com/ebWQdCzfW7 — Texas Tech Baseball (@TTU_Baseball) July 22, 2016 It won't be like the Ranger's Texas Tech day in the park, but it's a great honor for Tadlock and the entire Texas Tech baseball program. Tadlock led the Red Raiders to the CWS...
Double-T Nation Jul 23, 2016

Lady Raiders to take a Spain/Portugal trip in August

The Lady Raiders are taking a freaking sweet trip The Lady Raider basketball team is heading on one of the best trips of all time. Candi Whitaker and crew will be spending 11 days in Portugal and Spain, playing games in Lisbon, Barcelona, and Madrid. The Red Raiders will take on CRC Quinta Dos Lombos in Lisbon, Madrid Select in Madrid, and Barcelond Select in Barcelona. They will have at least a day of rest between each game, so at least some of the time will be spent seeing the sights of Spain and Portugal. With the Men’s basketball team going to Puerto Rico, I’m finding myself...
Double-T Nation Jul 23, 2016

5 Realistic Expectations For The 2016 Texas Tech Football Team

Expectaions should be higher for the 2016 season. We are only about 6 weeks away from a beautiful Lubbock evening kickoff against Stephen F. Austin. As I start making my football season preparations one thing I always do is set some expectations. This way I have something to (complain, gloat, cry, brag, yell at my dog) help me evaluate the season when it is over. Rather than simply talking about how many games Tech will win or lose let us dive into what the fans should expect this season. Win At Home Playing both UT and OU at home this year is something we must take advantage of. If Tech...
Double-T Nation Jul 22, 2016

Texas Tech issues statement on UH expansion

Texas Tech University is in favor of expansion, and Houston is one of their picks. Big 12 social media burned to the ground yesterday when Texas officials came out in support of UH heading to the Big 12. Today, Texas Tech issued a statement as well. Texas Tech issues statement on Houston: pic.twitter.com/o3NNiR7u4m — Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) July 22, 2016 WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN. Texas Tech is going to bet on Houston for Big 12 expansion as well. While this does not mirror the sentiments of damn near every single Texas Tech fan, alumni, or writer, it's becoming more and more...
Double-T Nation Jul 22, 2016

What to Expect from Ondre Pipkins

How can this former Wolverine help Tech's low-ranked defense? There's no secret that Tech's defense struggled all season last year. Ranked 127th in the nation, Big 12 offenses had field days on the ground and in the air. But new seasons bring new hope along with some new faces. One newcomer who I feel can help this defense is defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. Pipkins was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl his senior year at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. In 2012, his freshman year at Michigan, he appeared in 13 games as a backup defensive tackle. The following year he...
Double-T Nation Jul 22, 2016

How the Big 14 Conference Almost Was

As it does nearly every offseason, Big 12 expansion has reared its head once again. This time there appears to be more momentum than ever, as the perception has shifted from “if” the Big 12 expands to “when”, and “who do they add?” As the only power five conference without at least 12 teams and a championship game, the Big 12 has been struggling from a perception standpoint since the last major conference realignment of 2010-2012. The conference is stuck, as there isn’t a second obvious choice beyond BYU to get the conference back to 12 teams and put the matter to rest. But...
Double-T Nation Jul 21, 2016

Will Texas Politics Determine Big 12 Expansion?

How far will the endorsements of Texas' top government officials go? Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott threw in his two cents regarding Big 12 expansion. For him, Houston must be included, as his tweet below explains. Later in the day, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick joined in with his support for adding Houston. Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston. @UHouston https://t.co/AnHB4dIGnc — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 21, 2016 I join with @GregAbbott_TX - any BIG 12 expansion must include @UHouston or NO DEAL! — Dan Patrick...
Double-T Nation Jul 21, 2016

Should Texas Tech Ever Punt?

It's been a common argument amongst many fans and even some coaches. Most schools don't have a valid argument for going for it on 4th down, but I think it's safe to say Texas Tech is different than most schools. There's many college football debates going on including banning kickoffs, player discipline, satellite camps, and Big 12 expansion. But I believe there is one more that at least Texas Tech should start having. The following statement is going to seem way outside the box crazy to some and possibly genius to others. Texas Tech should consider getting rid of punting and go for it on...
Double-T Nation Jul 20, 2016

Looking for a sleeper pick on defense? Check out Luke Stice

The transfer linebacker is being highlighted by teammates and coaches alike for his play. Luke Stice transferred from the University of Houston to play out his senior year in Raiderland with defensive coordinator David Gibbs. He was originally behind D'Vonta Hinton at weakside linebacker, but the arrest of Dakota Allen has forced some changes to be made. As of right now, Stice, whose Twitter name is "WestTxWorkHorse37", is slated to start at weakside linebacker. It's one thing to start. It's completely another thing to shine, and Stice has been turning heads this entire spring. Kliff is...
Double-T Nation Jul 20, 2016

Texas Tech 2016 Schedule Breakdown

Let's look at the Red Raiders 2016 schedule broken down. The 2016 college football season is starting to inch its way here. Media days have been happening and the college football talk is starting to pick up across the national media outlets. To shine a different light on the Red Raiders schedule, I'm going to look at the schedule broken down into 4 3-game quarters. I'll see what each quarter is going to look like and what some outcomes might be. Quarter 1 September 3rd: Stephen F. Austin in Lubbock, TX at 7:00 PM September 10th: Arizona State in Tempe, AZ at 9:00 PM September 17th:...
Double-T Nation Jul 19, 2016

Why 2016 will mirror 2008

The 2016 season has the talent and experience to produce results much like the 2008 team did. Heading into the 2008 season most Texas Tech Red Raider fans knew their squad would be a great team. Returning all-world Michael Crabtree, one of the most prolific passers in school history and a serviceable defense meant Tech could do something they never had before, which was win a Big 12 Conference championship. We all know how that ended — an unbelievable high against UT at home, followed by a beating over Oklahoma State and then a nightmare of a trip to Norman for a share of the Big 12...
Double-T Nation Jul 18, 2016

6 Thoughts from Kliff with the Media

Kliff loves Pat, needs to replace Jakeem and breaks down recruiting advantages to one word. Kliff Kingsbury is making his rounds through the car wash that is Big 12 Media Days. Marketing photos, interviews with CBS and of course random questions about hover boards and what designer he's wearing. The grandest of stages is when Kliff and the other coaches face 100+ media members in the press conference room. Most coaches are very reserved in such a large setting, but the fourth year coach was very open on a few topics. Here are my top 6 thoughts from his time behind the mic. * 1) KLIFF LOVES...
Double-T Nation Jul 18, 2016

Big 12 Mascots, Ranked

Ranking the Big 12 schools by mascot... Good news: everyone made the top 10 (even Oklahoma State)! Here is a list ranking the Big 12 mascots based on my arbitrary opinion and a brief explanation for the ranking. Here we go… 10. Sooners: I would sooner be just about anything other than a Sooner. Worst mascot in the Big 12, in college sports, and world history. 9. Wildcats: Boooooo! In and of itself, a wildcat is not a horrible mascot. But along with “bulldogs”, wildcats might be the most common mascot in sports. If it had been something more original, like the Swampcats, then Kansas...
Double-T Nation Jul 18, 2016

Previewing Big XII Media Days

Here we are, talkin’ about the Big XII Media Days Ahh, the Big XII Media Days. A time to learn absolutely nothing about football and learn exactly how many stupid questions there are in the world. Here’s what will totally happen at every single media appearance at Big XII Media Days, in order. Bob Bowlsby Someone will ask ol’ Bobby Boy what his plans are for Big XII Expansion. Bowlsby will deflect as much as possible and say something dumb about One True Champion. A thousand takes on expansion will be launched after Bowlsby says one word. Gary Patterson The entire room will ask him...