A Whole Lot of Questions, Not Many Answers

Halfway through the season, a lot of expectations may not have been met yet.

For a litany of reasons, many are not thrilled with Texas Tech's performance so far this season.
Missed field goals, injuries, poor offensive execution, defensive lapses and untimely penalties have doomed Texas Tech at certain points in 2011.
Despite all of that, head coach Tommy Tuberville and quarterback Seth Doege said there's reason for optimism in Monday's weekly press luncheon.
 "We just try to make it better each week and try to understand what we've got to do to win," Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said about whether or not the team needs to re-evaluate its goals. "I think we've got a pretty good lesson in the first six games of what we've got to do to win, what we've got to do to lose. We could very easily right now be 2-4. There were two ballgames that we were behind considerably in and we came back and won the game. We learned a lot from that. Then there were a couple games, one game we never got the lead, but we had a chance to against a very talented A&M team and a team last week that we led for most of the game, and we couldn't hold on for several reasons."
If this year's team is going to be a factor in the Big 12 race, it is going to take marked improvement in offensive execution, run defense and consistency.
Tech has trailed at the half in four of six games and even lost one of the games in which it held a lead at the half (against Kansas State last week.)
In dissecting the play for the last two weeks specifically, there are many negatives that draw attention, but there are also some positives.
First, the Red Raiders have proved they can compete with Top-25 teams.  Additionally, Tech has adjusted to early blows from the opponent. The last two weeks, Tech's opponent has scored first. In the case of the A&M game, the Red Raiders never could get over the hump and take the lead. Against Kansas State, however, Tech had 14-7 and 28-20 leads in the first half.
The unanswered question facing this football team is whether or not it has learned from the consecutive losses. Coach Tuberville points out in interviews that he does not view the young players as freshmen. If that's true, it's time to see some results.
Small bits of comfort arise from the ashes of a close loss, but a come-from-behind win or a dominating performance brings elation. This football team sure could use the latter.
The biggest question for this team now is reaching that six-win mark needed to be bowl eligble, and Tuberville said when it comes to this being a discussion it's not really happening.
"No, if we were down to a couple of games, it would be different," he said. "There is a lot of water underneath the bridge. We're halfway through. Just looking at the schedule for the season, we knew it was going to be tough the first half, and we knew it was going to be tougher the second half. This group, I like its attitude of just, hey, let's go play and get better. I think our coaches have done a good job of selling that point. "

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