Texas Tech vs. Texas State: Bold Predictions Rewind

Sep 21, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (21) rushes against the Texas State Bobcats in the first half at Jones AT

Baker Mayfield in the opener, Carlos Thompson against SFA, Davis Webb last week; which true freshman shines against Texas State?

Robert: I’m betting on D.J. Polite-Bray. He got close to making a couple big plays against SFA, so I’m sure he’ll see some time on Saturday.

Shelby: I think it will be Thompson again. His time on the field has shown coaches believe in his ability. It will be a great game for Thompson.

Austin: Zach Barnes. He’s played in a couple of games this season and only has one tackle. Defensively he’s a guy that can make coaches take notice with a solid performance Saturday.

Polite-Bray was targeted once by a true freshman intent on throwing the ball behind him. Thompson never got in the game. Barnes saw playing time late but never recorded a tackle.

Robert: 0, Shelby: 0, Austin: 0

Longest pass plays from last week went to running backs. More rushing yards or receiving yards for all backs this week?

Robert: Until Tech runs the ball, they can’t run the ball. Williams and Washington get it done through the air, mostly.

Shelby: Receiving. The offensive line isn’t run blocking well enough to have more rushing yards.

Austin: I’m going to say more rushing yards. It’s about time one of them broke off a big one for a long run.

It wasn’t much, but Tech’s backs finally got it done on the ground. All backs combined for 118 yards.

Robert: 0, Shelby: 0, Austin: 1

When will Kingsbury pull the starters once this one gets out of hand?

Robert: End of the third. Kliff pulled the starters early against SFA to give them a long breather heading into a short week. I think he treats this game kind of like practice reps for his starters.

Shelby: Beginning of third. Since next week is bye week, I think he’ll let them play the half (it will be out of hand by then) and then start going deeper into the roster.

Austin: Third quarter if he can. He can play them a little longer since they have a bye next week.

Thanks to offensive struggles, this one wasn’t completely over till midway through the fourth quarter.

Robert: 0, Shelby: 0, Austin: 0

Over/under, Mayfield rushes for 100 yards?

Robert: Under. Mayfield has wheels, but his arm is too good to lean heavily on his running ability.

Shelby: Over. He’s not afraid to take advantage of opportunities given to him.

Austin: Under. After a fairly abysmal passing performance last week I think he’ll look to prove that he can bounce back.

Mayfield couldn’t get anything done last night, much less rush for 100 yards.

Robert: 1, Shelby: 0, Austin: 1

Score?

Robert: 48-13 Tech.

Shelby: 56-14 Tech.

Austin: 55-10 Tech.

Reader pick – webbery: 42-28 Tech.

We all thought this would be a more impressive win than it was.

Robert: 0, Shelby: 0, Austin: 0, webbery: 0

Totals: 

Robert: 1 (20%), Shelby: 0 (0%), Austin: 1 (20%), Readers: 0 (0%)

This game wasn’t what anyone expected, and our predictions suffered as a result. We’ll work on it during the bye-week.

Topics: Big 12, Texas State Bobcats, Texas Tech Football, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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