Monday, July 07, 2008

More Texas Tech stuff


I know I said that there would be some Blog news today, but I've got a family commitment, so I'm going to push that back until tomorrow when I'm not rushed.

Couple of articles about UMass' BCS/I-AA game Texas Tech.

I found this link about Texas Tech's QB Graham Harell over on Draft Daddy's Blog (a great source for college football enthusiasts).

This Article reviews Big Twelve offenses. The good news: the Red Raiders are not as good as Oklahoma. The bad news: they're better than Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. Gulp!

And lastly, I found this image on the web while searching for the Texas Tech logo. Maybe there are other sports than football...

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I leaving immediately for the YMCA to take swimming lessons right after I pack for my move to Texas!

Anonymous said...

They're nice to look at but so are our cheerleaders, dance team members and barmaids at "The Hanger". And our girls root for OUR TEAM. Go UMass. ps. They are hot, aren't they!

Anonymous said...

Here are my thoughts on the Texas Tech game. Would like to hear other opinions..Tech plays Eastern Washington, Nevada & SMU before the UMass game. Eastern Washington may be their hardest game before UMass, if E.W. is comparable to their FCS playoff team of a year ago. E.W. historically has a excellent team every couple of years. We will see. SMU and Nevada are no better than a top 10-15 FCS squad, and would have difficulty winning the CAA. There seems to be alot of talk about Texas Tech being a BCS caliber team, I don't see it happening with their '08 schedule.

Umass has Albany and Holy Cross, then JMU, then Tech. Albany and Holy Cross will be testers, as they are no pushovers. JMU will be a physical game. I like our schedule prior to the Tech game. We have a week off after Tech, then we have the chickens/hens from Delaware at home. If UMass handles Albany and H.C. without too much difficulty, and beats JMU on the road, I feel we have a decent shot at Tech, barring any injuries. (Albany beat Delaware 2 years ago, and H.C. gave us a game last year in the second half.)

Tech should be 3-0 and hopefully overconfident going into the UMass game. It is a night game, which will help Umass with the depth factor. I'm sure it will still be hot, but better than a day game.

The season is almost here....

BTW..how are the lights for the stadium coming along?

Anonymous said...

The Texas Tech swim team photo is a fake, the logos are all photoshopped on. It's not even a good fake, the logos are all have the same blurriness and are on different sides of the bikini depending on which is more square with the camera. These women have been the "swim team" for a couple schools, though not UMass yet.

UMass74 said...

1. Great minds think alike. I was just at the Stadium Monday an have some images of the new lights. I'll be posting them later in the week.

2. While I admire your UMass spirit, TT has an average spread of victory over FCS opponents of about 60 points. I would like to see us play well and give the Red Raiders a good game. Unless there is a major earthquake, we probably won't win this one.

3. After closer examination--- very close--it appears our sharp eyed commentator is right. The image is a photoshop. Pity.

Anonymous said...

I'm a stats guy and a former player for UMass. Texas Tech is over-rated. Yes, they have crushed lower-tiered FCS schools. So **** what. So would UMass. Tech is in for another level against UMass this year that they are not expecting. They(Tech) will be complacent and I'm calling for a tie in the 3rd quarter and it could go either way in the 4th.

Northwestern State was ranked 62FCS in the GPI in 2007 and ended up 4-7. They lost 75-7 to tech. Southeast Louisana in 2006 was ranked 97 in the GPI-FCS and finished the year at 2-9. They lost 62-0 to Tech. Indiana State in 2005 was 0-11 and also got beat by St. Francis, Indiana, a NAIA school 42-10. They Ind. State lost 63-7 to Tech that year. Top 15 division 2 schools could have beaten those FCS teams in those years.

After a good showing against Navy and BC last year, UMass won't be intimidated. Umass's offensive line this year will probably be the biggest and most physical Tech faces this year. My offensive line when I played was about 6'3, 280 per guy. These guys this year will probably average 6-7, 310. Are you kidding me? Throw in that 255 pound back that was pounding the rock in spring ball this year and Nelson as a scat/power back as well. UMass is going to eat some people up this year. Umass will pound the ball hard and then open up the air attack with Coen. The receivers may be a bit green, but it won't matter as the running game will open up the air game. Mix in Coen, the best percentage completion guy in UMass history. Chemistry and desire are also very important within a team. If these guys have it, watch out Tech.

Go UMass.

Anonymous said...

I love the optimism, but Texas Tech has both superior size and speed and one of the most prolific QBs in all of college football. He may likely be a top ten pick. Still, to be competitive the UMass secondary and LB corp has to be stoked to keep the Red Raiders within firing distance. Special teams, too, will be very important.

Lee said...

From what I've looked at, it looks like UMass loses a lot of really key players on both sides of the ball (rushing, receiving and tackling leaders).

I don't know about the potential of the returners, but do any of you here have any idea of the ability of those guys to fill the shoes of the guys leaving?

Anonymous said...

Keep dreamin' fellas. Harrell and Crabtree are going to eat you up. :)

Anonymous said...

TT = the stepchild of the Big 12. Had to get the Governor to beg and plead to let them play with the big boys.

Lee said...

Whoever that last anonymous was is obviously an Aggie troll (Beergut?).

The only team to be bowl-eligible every year since the inception of the Big XII? Texas Tech. Eight or nine wins each of the last six years, consistently above-average, occasionally very good, hopefully excellent this year. More than A&M can claim, nowadays.

Anonymous said...

im not worried about crabtree or that quarterback considering we played the higest payed rookie in nfl history last year....

djollie111 said...

Overrated? Well, it depends where you look. I hate that we are getting put in the top 10 in a few preseason polls. We finished ranked, but no way we leap-frogged that many teams just through spring ball. I like being top 20, but #8 right now is just asking for a jinx.

I know that UMass and EWU are in the upper echelon of the FCS, but trust me, nobody in the FBS will care. To them, they still see all FCS teams as SE La or NW State. I wish it were different, and I know the two FCS teams we play could beat the pants off of a lot of FBS and even a few BCS teams, but the polls will not care. We will take the heat, and when BCS bowl time comes around, I think we'll get passed up for lack of a "tough schedule" while some other team who blew out FIU gets the spot.

But, who said life was fair?

Anonymous said...

A&M fan? Nope. Just a UMass fan who also has followed the Big 12, er Big 8 way back when before they took on the SWC renegade programs.

Anonymous said...

"Renegade" teams from the SWC? I think pretty much any conference in the country would have been happy to include those 4 teams from the SWC (ok, well maybe Baylor can be discarded, but they used to be very competitive).

We tried to get BYU to play us this year (open date matched ours), but they declined. Apparently they want a better shot at a "perfect season."

Tech always manages to let one game each year slip away which prevents them from being a BCS Bowl team...could it be UMASS???

THAT being said you're facing a team with 19 returning starters whose last two victories were against OU (ranked #2 at the time) and Virginia (#21).

O yeah, and it's in Lubbock. Ever practiced in a 30 mph prevailing wind?

dennisdent said...

"Ever practiced in a 30 mph prevailing wind?"

Thats nothing--the team played in 50 mph winds last season...with a bad result...


http://umassathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/110307aaa.html

Bryan said...

Guys UMass is a joke. Nobody has even heard of you. Tech's worst player would turn down a scholarhsip from your school. That's why they were 11-1 this year. You guys never had a chance.