Let’s look back at the bold predictions from week two and see how accurate the staff here at Wreck ‘Em Red was with their picks from Texas Tech’s contest with SFA on Saturday night.
Sold out stadium for Kliff’s first home game, true or false? (still several thousand tickets left)
Robert: False. However, I think it’ll be close, even if SFA makes it tough to draw a crowd.
Shelby: Almost true. I think we’ll be a few short.
Austin: False. There is no reason it shouldn’t be sold out for Kliff’s first game back in Lubbock but people seem to care more about the team on the visiting sideline than supporting our Red Raiders.
Not even close. Despite the fact that this was Kliff’s first home game as head coach, nearly 10,000 empty seats remained.
Robert: 1, Shelby: 1, Austin: 1
Over/under, 200 tortillas in the air during the first kickoff?
Robert: Over. Ticket sales may be down, but the students will come out strong. Tortillas will blot out the sun.
Shelby: Under. They check us for them now
Austin: Under, probably way under as people seem to have forgotten about this tradition.
The rain delay caused some of the kickoff tortillas to jettison early, but once the game kicked off for real I’d say there were at least 200 in the air. Good showing from the Tech student section.
Robert: 1, Shelby: 0, Austin: 0
Michael Brewer plays, yes or no?
Robert: Yes, but only a few snaps. Brewer’s back may not be 100 percent healed just yet, but this is the best opportunity to get him some reps.
Austin: I’m going to say no. I don’t think he starts and I don’t think you want to risk him aggravating an injury with the 2nd team OL.
Kliff’s quarterback misdirections continue as Michael Brewer took the field with the team suited up in a baseball cap and sweats.
Robert: 0, Shelby: 1, Austin: 1
Tech defense gets a turnover? Who gets it?
Robert: No. Until it happens, the odds are against them.
Shelby: Yes. Kerry Hyder or Will Smith.
Austin: This is the week it happens! Tech has one turnover since the TCU game last year, and that changes this week. SFA is a passing team, so I’m going with J.J. Gaines with an interception.
It finally happened. Junior defensive end Jackson Richards recovered a fumble (Tech’s first since week five last season) and junior linebacker Zach Winbush intercepted a pass.
Robert: 0, Shelby: 0.5, Austin: 0.5
Robert: Tech 48-16. I’d like 60, but I don’t think it’ll be necessary. Might even see the third-string in this one.
Shelby: Tech 50-14.
Austin: SFA couldn’t handle Weber State last week. That doesn’t bode well for them this week. Tech 56-21.
It seems none of us were quite prepared for the first-half offensive onslaught and subsequent second half special teams explosion that led to 61 points. Austin was closest.
Robert: 0, Shelby: 0, Austin: 1
Robert: 2 (40%), Shelby: 2.5 (50%), Austin: 2.5 (50%)