5 Questions: Texas Tech

TCU and Texas Tech at 2-1 in Big 12 play are in a four-way tie for second place. What should Frogs fans be on the lookout for from the Red Raiders. We visit with Raiderpower.com senior writer Joe Yeager to get the answers!

1. What's the mood around the program after last week's big win over West Virginia?

Obviously, there's a great deal of excitement following the win over West Virginia. After the loss to Oklahoma there was some concern that the Red Raiders could be merely average. It would take a win over a very good team to dispel that concern. The West Virginia victory did that. Folks are convinced that the Red Raiders are for real. As an aside, Tommy Tuberville ranked that win as the great upset he's ever been a part of.

2. Tech is ranked #1 in defense, what's been the biggest reason for their turnaround on that side of the ball?

The primary reason for the defense's turnaround is an almost entirely new defensive staff headed by coordinator, Art Kaufman. The new coaches are real veterans, and they're good teachers. What's more, they've simplified the scheme to the point that the players know exactly what they're supposed to do on every play. Busted assignments are rare, the players are playing with confidence, and they're playing fast.

3. Offensively, Seth Doege seems to be moving the offense at will, what's his best strength at quarterback.

Doege has thrown for 21 scores this season
Doege's greatest strength is his accuracy as a passer. When he gets in the groove, there are few college quarterbacks who are as accurate as he is. The key is for Doege to find that groove.

4. Are there any updates on the injury front, particularly Jace Amaro?

Jace Amaro is questionable for the TCU game. If worse came to worst, he could play, but I really don't think he will. Tuberville is pretty conservative when it comes to playing injured players. Starting cornerback Cornelius Douglas is a scratch for the TCU game. He suffered a knee injury against WVU. Tech also lost two key receivers in the game against the Mountaineers: Javon Bell and Bradley Marquez. Bell, perhaps the fastest player on the team, was a tremendous deep threat and was extremely explosive. Marquez was not flashy, but was reliable and very consistent. Both will be missed.

5. None of these guys played in 2006 when TCU won the last meeting, but has there been any talk of that game amongst the players?

I doubt TCU's win in 2006 will factor into this game at all. It might be slightly different if Mike Leach were still the Tech coach, but this is an entirely new Red Raider regime. Tech has multiple motivations for wanting to win this game; revenge for a loss they know nothing about is not among them.

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