Happy football day everybody! Tonight’s the night we finally see our Red Raiders in action at home against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Stay tuned to this blog for all the latest news and updates. Now, let’s look at the keys to victory over SFA.
Put it out of Reach
Everyone still talks about last week’s slew of upsets featuring FCS teams catching members of the BCS unawares. Even in cases where the more privileged program prevailed (see West Virginia), the lesser opponent was in the game well into the fourth quarter. The cause: a severe lack of scoring. Kansas State lost to North Dakota State last Friday night at home by merely three points after quarterback Jake Waters tossed an interception with 19 seconds left in the game.
Letting a decidedly overmatched opponent hang around gives them hope, and hope is a very powerful weapon. If Tech wants to win this one at all, they’ll need to crush all hope, and crush it early.
Eliminate the Aerial Threats
Kingsbury runs an offensive scheme growing in popularity by the season. Mostly because spread offenses allow teams with less than stellar athletes a chance to hang with the elite powers in college football.
“I think the spread offense is a great equalizer,” Kingsbury said. “If you get some really good skill, you can go in there and surprise people.”
Kingsbury also credits the advent of 7-on-7 summer drills with creating a larger pool of talented players at skill positions, particularly wide receiver. It isn’t possible for FBS coaches to evaluate every high school player in the country, so it makes sense for some to fall through the cracks. Distributing the ball to ‘Jacks wideouts is fifth-year senior Brady Attaway, who added 450 yards to his impressive career passing total (6,389) last Saturday in a 40-50 loss to Weber State.
Stephen F. Austin throws the ball better than most FCS teams, finishing 2012 as the second most prolific passing team in division 1-AA. Tech’s defensive backs struggled to stop SMU receivers last week, and if we see more of the same this week against SFA, things could get a little too interesting.