Texas Tech vs. SMU: Keys to Victory

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Game day, folks! The sun came up and tonight’s the night we finally get to watch Texas Tech face Southern Methodist in the season opener for both squads. Stay tuned to this blog for all the latest news and updates. Now, let’s look at the keys to victory.

The offensive line has to stay healthy

All five starters along the line have game experience, so expectations of play should be fairly elevated. The only reason Tech fans might have to panic is if one of the five goes down with injury and can’t return. The Red Raiders already lost backup center/guard Tony Morales for a few weeks, so depth is even thinner. Redshirt freshman Trey Keenan is the sixth man, or first guy off the bench, and he could fill in at either tackle or guard. Especially with a true freshman quarterback, this unit is the key to the entire season, not just this game.

The defense has to stop the run

We said it earlier in the week, and all indications are June Jones tries to run it down our throats tonight. He’s got two big running backs to work with, and Tech’s front seven on defense struggles to stop teams with big, powerful backs. Traylon Shead, former Texas four-star recruit, runs like a beast, and if he can get blocking he won’t be stopped. If the Mustangs want to win this game, they’ve got to establish a running attack. If Tech wants to win, it’ll all be on the defense, because like we said earlier:

True. Freshman. Quarterback.

 

Topics: Big 12, SMU Mustangs, Texas Tech Football, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Traylon Shead

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