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Double-T Nation 21 mins ago

Week 5 Big 12 Power Rankings

Conference play has finally begun... Well, we’re finally out of the regretful non-conference period for the Big 12. Conference games will give struggling teams a chance to rebound, and the race for the Big 12 title is wide open. After having some fun with the power rankings last week, now we’re back to business. 1. Baylor [4-0]: W 35-24 vs. Oklahoma State (LW: 10) The Bears are 4-0 and have arguably the most impressive win in the entire conference after topping Oklahoma State. That’s pretty sad, but it is what it is. 2. West Virginia [3-0]: W 35-32 vs. BYU (LW: 5) The bar is certainly...
Double-T Nation 2 hours ago

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

Why does Texas Tech seemingly never show up for the game against the Jayhawks? My degree from Texas Tech is a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Predictably, I’m a nerd when it comes to politics and government-related history. One phrase that permeates the group of political nerds in this country is “what’s the matter with Kansas?” It’s the title of a 2004 book written by Thomas Frank, a Kansas-native who believes the citizens of Kansas vote against their best interests when going to the ballot box. To avoid this turning political at all, I’m not going to divulge my opinion...
Double-T Nation 22 hours ago

The Air Raid Podcast: #51

Previewing the Kansas Game We discuss the storylines from the bye week, injury updates, preview Kansas (a little), recap last week and look ahead to this week in the Big 12 and talk briefly about Les Miles. Whew. Recap Pod will be up this Friday and then back to a normal schedule the rest of the year! Thanks for listening!
Double-T Nation Sep 27, 2016

Media Recap - Week 4

Kliff Kingsbury, Patrick Mahomes and Justis Nelson meet with the media during their weekly press conference to discuss the short week and their upcoming matchup with Kansas. Coach Kliff Kingsbury, Patrick Mahomes and Justis Nelson met with the media leading into the Kansas game. One thing Kliff noted last week was that they would push everything up two days since the game is Thursday, so Saturday was their Monday and yesterday was their Wednesday. Kliff Kingsbury I’ve seen a lot of bashing of Tech’s special teams play, but Kliff likes where they are and thinks they’ve been great...
Double-T Nation Sep 27, 2016

Red Raiders in the Pros - Week 3

Red Raiders Feature in the Titans-Raiders game Tennessee Titans vs Oakland Raiders The Raiders traveled east to Tennessee to take on the Titans in a cross-country inter-divisional matchup. Crabtree and Washington have featured in the Raiders offense and recently signed Titan Jace Amaro was set to make his debut. The game would not disappoint, with all 3 players leading their team in their respective categories. Crabtree would finish the game with 8 catches on 11 targets for 102 yards, including an incredible catch after a Carr scramble. CRAZY @derekcarrQB scramble.CRAZY @kingcrab15...
Double-T Nation Sep 26, 2016

What’s Happening In Raiderland?

Fortunately, Chimy’s did not have a bye week. Texas Tech Has the Saturday Off During Bye Week Did anyone else have Red Raider football withdrawals? Texas Tech had the week off as they prepare for a Thursday night kickoff at 7:30 PM. In past contests it seems that the Red Raiders have come out flat against Kansas. Hopefully that trend ceases with this one being at home and at night. Although it isn’t Texas Tech’s most important conference game, it’s still a must-win. Texas Tech Football Featured on Viceland In a collaboration with Viceland, The Red Raiders are featured in a...
Double-T Nation Sep 26, 2016

Texas Tech Defensive Outlook

What the Red Raiders Must Do Going Forward The Texas Tech defense has done little through three games to answer some of the questions many fans were asking about them before the season. Though the good game against SFA and the nightmare against Arizona State were probably both extremes, the defense looks like it will struggle to stop anyone once conference play starts Thursday against Kansas. Stopping teams might not be a legitimate goal, but slowing opponents down enough to let the offense take over is the recipe David Gibbs and his unit will have to use for Tech to have success in Big 12...
Double-T Nation Sep 26, 2016

Texas Tech Offensive Grades: Through the First Three Games

Since it was a bye week this week, let's take a look at how the Red Raiders' offense has done at this point in the season. For those Red Raider fans out there like me who missed being able to watch Texas Tech play this weekend, don't worry I've got some things to cover on offense. Based on how this offense has done to start the season, it's definitely one the rest of the Big 12 needs to put on notice. Let's take a look back at how the offense has performed through the first three games. Overall Grade: A- It's just fun to watch! If you're a fan of big plays, lots of yardage, and...
Double-T Nation Sep 25, 2016

Patrick Mahomes probably won’t win the Heisman

But that doesn’t diminish his greatness. College football’s most prestigious and most confusing award. It’s allegedly awarded to the best player in college football. Except the player has to be on one of the best teams in the country, unless he doesn’t. But the player pretty much has to be an offensive player, usually a quarterback, unless he isn’t. It usually is a requirement to win that the player plays football games that don’t start after 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Because what kind of person who writes about college football for a living has the time or energy to stay up late to...
Double-T Nation Sep 25, 2016

Red Raiders in the World

Checking in on Red Raiders in other programs and sports It’s the bye week, which means a breather to check in on some Red Raiders coaching at other programs or performing in sports other than football. At the conclusion of the regular season last year, there was a major coaching shakeup on the defensive side of the ball and turnover on the offensive side. For those of you not aware of where those coaches ended up this season here is your chance to find out. Mike Smith - Kansas City Chiefs: Asst. DL CoachThe guy who was once called “the 2nd best known used-car salesman in Lubbock”...
Double-T Nation Sep 24, 2016

Bye Week College Football Thread

Don’t get too down, Red Raiders, there’s other college football to watch today... Even though Texas Tech is on a bye week, there are plenty of other great games for college football fans today. Earlier this week, we shared what the odds-makers in Las Vegas thought about all the matchups, and included when and where to watch. THE MORNING SLATE OF GAMES #12 Georgia vs. #23 Ole Miss @ 11:00am #11 Wisconsin vs. #8 Michigan State @ 11:00am #13 Florida State vs. South Florida @ 11:00am THE AFTERNOON SLATE OF GAMES #19 Florida vs. #14 Tennessee @2:30pm Penn State vs. #4 Michigan @ 2:30pm BYU...
Double-T Nation Sep 24, 2016

Texas Tech Basketball Recruiting Round Up and More

41 Days Until Tip Off! Here is the latest on Coach Beard's program. It is easy to shelf basketball until football season is over, but there has been a lot going on this month with new head coach Chris Beard's basketball program. The Red Raiders hit the hardwood for their first exhibition game on Friday, November 4th, but that is not all Beard has been focused on. He has has been hard at work on the recruiting trail and there is a new addition at the United Supermarkets Arena. Coach Beard's 2017 roster gained three players this month! This week Coach Beard landed a huge 3 star recruit,...
Double-T Nation Sep 23, 2016

Next Man Up for Texas Tech's Secondary

With two players now unavailable in Tech's secondary, who is likely to step up in their absence? Texas Tech won and lost this past Saturday against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. They won the game 59-45, but are now short-handed at the safety position of their defense. One player is no longer on the team and another won't be able to play the next few weeks due to injury. During the game, senior safety Keenon Ward injured his arm and was forced to exit. According to reports, Kingsbury said he will miss at least two weeks after he went through surgery on Wednesday. Ward also wrote a post on...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2016

Texas Tech Football: Pivotal Point Of The Season

Well, I don’t know about y’all, but I am thankful that we have a bye week. That means that I will actually get some homework done this weekend. I know what you’re thinking “Homework? Please, it’s football season”. I know, I know. Anyways, back to the point of this article. Even thought it might not seem like it, these next 2 weeks are going to be a critical time of the season. Hence the title. If y’all remember back to the the article that I wrote just a week ago, things panned out pretty nice, didn’t they? After Arizona State, we needed some key teams to lose, and we have...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2016

Vegas Odds and Pick Em Results - Bye Week 1

We take a look at the odds for this week’s games, and some movement in our Pick Em contest Big 12 Games TCU @ SMU (+20.5) 7:00pm (Friday) (ESPN) San Jose St @ Iowa St (-6.5) 11:00am (FSN) BYU @ West Virginia (-7) 2:30pm (ESPN2) Missouri St @ Kansas St (-) 6:10pm Oklahoma St @ #16 Baylor (-7.5) 6:30pm (FOX) Top 25 Games #5 Clemson @ Georgia Tech (+9.5) 6:30pm (Thursday) (ESPN) USC @ #24 Utah (-3) 8:00pm (Friday) (FS1) Ken St @ #1 Alabama (-43.5) 11:00am (SECN) #11 Wisconsin @ #8 Michigan St (-5.5) 11:00am (BTN) #12 Georgia @ #23 Ole Miss (-7) 11:00am (ESPN) #13 Florida St @ South Florida...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2016

Demarcus Felton: The key to the rest of Texas Tech’s season

Demarcus Felton showed flashes of DeAndre Washington in breakout performance against Louisiana Tech… A team’s bye week is an opportunity for the coaching staff to assess where the team is at relative to its preseason goals and expectations, especially this early in the season. Some questions I imagine Kingsbury and Gibbs are pondering: How can we force more takeaways on defense? How will we cope with recent injuries? And what is our strategy for the run game? In 2014 and 2015, the Red Raiders were blessed with DeAndre Washington, the first Texas Tech running back to rush for back to...
Double-T Nation Sep 21, 2016

Wednesday Matador Mailbag 9.21.16

Time to check out this week's Matador Mailbag! It's Wednesday! So ya'll know what time it is. Let's see what questions Red Raider fans had to ask us during the bye week! @vivathematadors odds of Mahomes pulling a 2011 RG3 and winning the Heisman at say 9-3 or 8-4? #PattyHeisman — Cody DeRudder (@CodyDeRudder) September 21, 2016 Mahomes is definitely starting to catch the nation's attention based on his first three games. Leading the nation in passing yards and tied for first with Lamar Jackson in total touchdowns has gotten him recognition at this point, but I don't think the odds are...
Double-T Nation Sep 21, 2016

Week 4 Big 12 Power Rankings

With the league a total mess, let’s have some fun... The Big 12 is off to its worst start in recent memory. If we consider Notre Dame and Houston as Power 5 schools, the Big 12 went 3-7 against Power 5 competition during its non-conference slate thus far. The conference’s marquee non-conference victory was Texas’ win over Notre Dame, now 1-2 and apparently overrated like they often are. The Big 12’s other flag-bearer, Oklahoma, lost to both Houston and Ohio State, and neither game was really even that close. Other schools realistically expected to contend for a conference title this...
Double-T Nation Sep 21, 2016

Texas Tech Adds A Running Back for 2017

The Red Raiders now have a running back commit, and he brings in a new skill set. Texas Tech landed its 13th commit for the 2017 class last night. The class was at 13 a few weeks ago, but once OL Jared Hocker decommitted it bumped the class down to 12. Tyree Range out of Riverside C.C. in California is the newest Red Raider. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO WISHED ME A HAPPY BDAY. HAPPY TO BE ALIVE AND HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE MY COMMITMENT TO TEXAS TECH pic.twitter.com/b3se1zBwCf — Tyree Range (@T_Ran34) September 21, 2016 Range has had to go the unconventional route to get to the FBS level. In...
Double-T Nation Sep 20, 2016

This Week In The Big 12

The Red Raiders have a bye, but here is what's going on with the rest of the Big 12 this week. Surprisingly as we enter week 4 the Big 12 is almost completely out of the playoff picture. Once again the Big 12 struggled in the big games with UT and OU losing on Saturday night. This week brings us a lot of teams with byes and a good mix of conference/non-conference games. As it stands now the Big 12 is wide open for the taking and I honestly do not know who the favorite is right now. Baylor vs Oklahoma State - Saturday 6:30 BU won 38-10 against a powder puff and OSU squeaked by power five...