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Double-T Nation 1 hour ago

Red Raiders in the Pros - Preseason Week 3

Red Raiders make their final cases for making an NFL team, with cuts happening this week The first NFL roster cut is today at 4pm (ET), where teams must have no more than 75 players. The final cut to 53 is due at 4pm (ET) on Saturday. We look at a chance of each Red Raider’s shot at making their team (note: there is no such thing as a 100% chance, it’s the NFL and you never know what might happen) DeAndre Washington - RB (Oakland Raiders) Washington played with the starting group this past week, hauling in his first professional touchdown. Unfortunately he also lost a fumble that the...
Double-T Nation 21 hours ago

12 Things in Raiderland

Because Chimy’s isn’t for everyone. Today marks the first day of classes for Texas Tech, and as well as surrounding colleges and universities. No, Lubbock isn’t witnessing an overnight explosion of population, it’s just Texas Tech students returning back to the good ole’ South Plains for another promising semester. On the behalf of Viva The Matadors, we wish each and every one of you the best. Strive for Honor. We are in the final days before Texas Tech football kickoffs their season! The sun has set on #TTUCamp16.It's officially game week. #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/NOApSfdGl8—...
Double-T Nation 22 hours ago

Monday Matador Mailbag 8.29.16

The Mailbag is answering all the questions you have about football only, because IT’S GAME WEEK! @vivathematadors how many total yards does mahomes have?— Garrett Bradley (@22Garebear) August 29, 2016 If we’re talking about the first game, I’m going with a solid 400. 350 in the air, 50 on the ground. The only reason I won’t predict more is that I’m predicting him to not play a down in the 4th quarter. @vivathematadors let's forget all the ORs likely to appear at WR on depth chart. After week one, who will have asserted as go to receivers?— Andrew Katz (@Andrewpkatz)...
Double-T Nation 23 hours ago

Texas Tech Defense Season Preview

Let's take a look of what the Red Raider defense will look like. For every confident statement that can be made about Texas Tech's prolific offense, a question can be asked about the lackluster defense. The 2015 Red Raiders were by far the most lopsided team in the nation and defensive coordinator David Gibbs is looking to narrow that gap during his second year in charge. For the team to make the leap that many fans are expecting, this unit must improve to something between "not quite terrible" and "passable." Several new transfers and some continuity in scheme should help each of these...
Double-T Nation Aug 29, 2016

Texas Tech Offense Season Preview

Here's what the Red Raider offense looks like heading into the 2016 season. It's finally Game Week as the Red Raiders prepare to take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Jones AT&T Stadium this Saturday night! Tech's offense is filled with talent and it looks to do big things this season. Let's take a look at each position of this offensive unit. 1. Quarterbacks Obviously Patrick Mahomes is the undisputed starter. He accounted for over 5,000 yards from scrimmage last year and is a Heisman candidate heading into this season. He has also been named to eight preseason award watch lists....
Double-T Nation Aug 27, 2016

DeAndre Washington Scores First NFL TD

A former Tech tailback records his first NFL touchdown. Former Red Raider running back DeAndre Washington has been impressive in his first NFL training camp. Tonight his hard work paid off as he scored his first NFL touchdown during Oakland's Week 3 preseason matchup vs the Tennessee Titans. The rookie. End zone. https://t.co/Jvzd9dnGa6 — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 28, 2016 The touchdown came on a six yard pass from Oakland's starting quarterback Derek Carr. It helped Oakland tie the game at seven in the first quarter. Washington has quickly shot up the Raiders running back...
Double-T Nation Aug 26, 2016

I’m tired of the broken record, but...

For as long as I remember, with the exception of the memorable 2008 season, Tech has had a sub-par defense, and even that’s being nice. I think that’s something everyone can pretty much agree on. We hate to say it, but it’s true. Believe me, I hate saying it as much as the next Tech fan, but we have to simply admit it and hope we can improve during the next season. Anyone who knows me knows that I may be the biggest Tech fan ever, especially when it comes to football, basketball is a close second. However, come mid to late August every year as the upcoming season looms, there is...
Double-T Nation Aug 25, 2016

Justin Stockton is the Go-to Guy

There are other offensive weapons that are not named Patrick Mahomes... A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to go down to San Antonio to watch a friend of mine play in an area all-star football game. As exciting as it was to see said friend compete against some of the best players in the south Texas area, watching a particular player return three kickoffs for touchdowns immediately grabbed my attention. Frantically I grabbed a program and tried to look this kid up, and to my surprise it was Texas Tech’s very own: Justin Stockton. It was no surprise he received the honor of...
Double-T Nation Aug 25, 2016

Big 12 Non-Conference Games, Ranked

The most riveting matchups before the nine game Big 12 round robin… It will still be awhile before we see any Big 12 matchups, but the start of college football season and some awesome non-conference games are right around the corner. Here’s a look at the best non-conference games involving Big 12 schools this season: 10. Oklahoma State vs. Pittsburgh: It’s not the most exciting matchup in the world, but it’s a power five contest nonetheless, which is ultimately what makes non-conference games interesting. This would be way more compelling if it were the Mountaineers vs. the...
Double-T Nation Aug 24, 2016

10 Little Known Facts about Texas Tech Football

There's 10 days left until the Red Raiders kickoff against Stephen F. Austin so let's check out 10 little known facts about Texas Tech football. With only 10 days left until the 2016/2017 Red Raider football season gets under way let's take a look at 10 facts the average fan might not know about Texas Tech football. 5-Way Tie Texas Tech's last conference title was in 1994 when they were a part of the Southwest Conference. While they were technically champions, Texas Tech shared that title with 4 other teams. Baylor, Rice, Texas, and TCU all can also say they were 1994 Southwest Conference...
Double-T Nation Aug 23, 2016

Five Big XII predictions for 2016

The Big XII is incredibly hard to predict, unsure of what incoming freshmen are going to contribute, how a quarterback looks his second year, and how a new coordinator will change the look of a team. Here are five predictions for the upcoming year. Crazy predictions are thrown out by every news outlet every year heading into each college football season. The truth is, out of all of the sports, college football is the hardest to predict. Baseball, do you have a couple good starters, a closer and a guy or two that can mash? In the NFL, have a good starting quarterback and solid defense?...
Double-T Nation Aug 23, 2016

Big 12 Stadiums, Ranked - Finals

With the season approaching shortly, we take a look at the top 2 stadiums in the Big 12 From the toilet bowl of the Brazos to the Wizards Tower in Manhattan, we’ve looked at 8 of the 10 stadiums in our conference. With just 2 left on the list, it should come as no surprise which ones we’ll take a look at this week. Previous Stadiums #10. McLane - Baylor #9. DKR - Texas #8. Gaylord - Oklahoma #7. Amon G. Carter - TCU #6. Jack Trice - ISU #5. Memorial - KU #4. Boone Pickens - OSU #3. Bill Snyder - KSU #2 (B) Milan Puskar Stadium - University of West Virginia Real...
Double-T Nation Aug 22, 2016

Strive for Honor: Quit Tarnishing Our Fight Song

As the new Fall semester starts coming around the corner, and the new swarm of Freshman start moving into their dorms, that can only mean one thing. Football is almost back. This also means that this is a good time to bring up one very important issue that I want to make sure everyone understands. It has to do with our school’s fight song, and the way in which we are disrespecting it. STOP TARNISHING OUR FIGHT SONG! With the thousands of new students stepping foot on campus, this is our chance to work with a clean slate, and start teaching these freshman the right way to sing the...
Double-T Nation Aug 22, 2016

Monday Matador Mailbag 8.22.16

@vivathematadors Whats your expectations of the Texas Tech o-line? Good? Bad?— . (@kaledzakzok) August 21, 2016 I think they’ll be Good to Pretty Good, depending on the matchup. Texas Tech’s O-Line recruiting is generally pretty solid, but we’re losing a lot from last year’s team. Kaster is gone, Clark is gone, and one of the best pass blocking running backs in the Big 12, DeAndre Washington, is gone. There’s definitely reason to believe that they won’t be great like last year’s O-Line, but the 2016 O-Line will be far from a dumpster fire. @vivathematadors several...
Double-T Nation Aug 22, 2016

Celebrities Wearing Texas Tech Gear

Hall of Fame musicians, Academy Award winners, and more... Awhile back, a friend of mine tweeted out that in the "Air Force Ones" music video by Nelly – who any 90’s kid should know – the rapper can be seen in a Texas Tech #16 jersey. At the time, that was of course Kliff Kingsbury’s number, who was in the process of creating a national air raid identity with new Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. I didn’t believe him at first, so I searched for the video on YouTube. Sure enough, Kingsbury’s black #16 is being donned by a member of Nelly’s group for a few moments. Check it...
Double-T Nation Aug 21, 2016

Roberts and Mathieu Shine at the Olympics

Two Red Raider Track and Field stars represented the Double T well at the Olympics this weekend. Texas Tech track and field stars Gil Roberts and Michael Mathieu both took home some hardware during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Roberts won a gold medal and Mathieu won a bronze medal in the 4x400-meter relay. Roberts ran third in the mile to help USA secure the gold with a final time 2:57.30. Mathieu ran second for the Bahamas during the relay helping them secure the bronze medal with a final time of 2:58.49. For Roberts, he earned his first Olympic medal while Mathieu earned his third...
Double-T Nation Aug 20, 2016

Red Raiders Defeat Lobos 2-1

Women’s Soccer Begins Season With WIn at Home After a couple of rain delays, the defending Big 12 champions began their 2016 campaign at home with a win. The match was against a New Mexico team that would not give up easily. The Red Raiders and Lobos both entered halftime scoreless, but it was in the 59th minute that Jordie Harr, a freshman, scored the first goal of the season for the Red Raiders. It only took Harr a few more minutes to put Texas Tech up 2-0 against New Mexico. The Red Raiders seemed to control the ball most of the game, but the Lobos did have a couple of opportunities...
Double-T Nation Aug 19, 2016

3 Red Raiders Who Should be in the Ring of Honor

I take a look at three Texas Tech football alumni who I believe will join the Tech Ring of Honor in the future. With Zach Thomas being the latest Red Raider to join the Ring of Honor, it got me thinking: Who else will likely be joining him in the future? There are so many great football players in Tech history to remember it's hard to narrow it down to just three. I came up with three players I believe Red Raider fans would love to see immortalized at Jones AT&T Stadium. 1. Wes Welker I have no doubt he'll be joining the Ring of Honor soon as he was recently selected to be a member of...
Double-T Nation Aug 18, 2016

Zach Thomas Inducted to Texas Tech Ring of Honor

The Red Raider Great Joins Good Company Today we celebrate Zach Thomas’ induction to Texas Tech’s Ring of Honor. Thomas joins Red Raider greats Donny Anderson, E.J Holub, Dave Parks, and Gabe Rivera in the exclusive club. The newest inductee played linebacker at Texas Tech from 1992-1995, where he dominated the field in impressive fashion. The three-year starter picked up some accolades while at Texas Tech. He was named a First-Team All-American his junior year, and in his senior year he was named a unanimous first-team All-American, Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year,...
Double-T Nation Aug 17, 2016

The struggle of being an optimistic fan

Being a sports fan can be difficult at times. You wear your school pride on your sleeve, you do your best to cheer them to victory, but when they lose it puts a bad taste in your mouth for the rest of your day. For people like me (and I’m sure a lot of people can relate), when Tech loses, you physically hurt inside. I’m the type of fan that can’t help but be optimistic, even in the face of adversity. In doing so, I literally set myself up for emotional failure. In the past, when Texas Tech would be down 14 points with 5 minutes to go in the 4th, all signs were pointing downhill for...