Bobcats face Red Raiders

Since Texas Tech was picked to finish 8th in the Big 12, the Red Raiders have been out to prove just how much better they can be.

Texas Tech (3-0) faces Texas State (2-0) Saturday at 6pm at AT&T Jones Stadium in one of only 7 games involving two undefeated teams on the Week 4 college football slate.

"I don't think it takes anyone long to see you're playing a Big 12 school, you're in your second year of FBS football, you're going to their place to play, it's a pretty big challenge," coach Dennis Franchione said. "It might be the biggest challenge of the year. Our guys are excited about it. A lot of our guys know their guys. This is Texas guys vs. Texas guys. They'll be fired up to play. We're going to have to get a formula working for us to play it well."

While Texas State's run defense is tops in the FBS allowing 34.0 yards per game, the Red Raiders don't run the football much. Texas Tech ranks 103rd in the nation running and with a passing offense that passes 400 yards per game, expect the Red Raiders to just stick to the passing game against the Bobcat secondary.

"We've got to get pressure," said defensive lineman Jordan Norfleet. "We've got to be more violent, more nasty. We have to get off the ball that's the big thing. Their O-line is a real big part of their success."

For Texas State, the Bobcats have played as well defensively as they could have hoped for to start the season, with a +6 turnover margin which is also the best in the country. Their 18 points allowed in their first two games is fourth best in the nation. Southern Miss and Prairie View A&M have 0 wins against FBS opponents this season, however, as the biggest obstacle, Tech, threatens the Bobcat defenses eye-opening early season statistics.

"For us to have a chance to win any game, not just this one but any game, we have to protect the football," said offensive coordinator Coach Mike Schultz. "(Tech's defense) has great speed, they're as fast as any defense that I've seen in a while. They understand leverage and angles and they don't make a lot of mistakes. When you get in open field, they don't miss."

The Red Raiders are one of 4 teams in the Big 12 still undefeated and their biggest weapon may just be their signal caller, Baker Mayfield. The freshman quarterback is 4 yards shy of 1,000 yards along with 8 touchdowns in Tech's three victories in 2013. He can be a dual-threat, but hasn't had a breakout game with his feet against an FBS opponent yet.

"They're (defense) is fast, but I think it's more their physicality," said wide receiver Isaiah Battle. "Physically they're going to be there to make the tackle, they're going to pop you. We just have to get back up and run the next play."

Texas State will have to deal with the noise of over 60,000 Red Raiders who are planning a "White Out." Schultz said that the offense has worked on no cadence all week in preparation. The team also practiced with heavy crowd noise throughout the week.

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