Avoiding the Upset

There were a handful of upsets in the first week of college football and the Red Raiders weighed in on how to avoid being the next victim added to the already long list of FBS teams having lost to a FCS squad.

Upsets are a part of college football.


Week in and week out there are teams that are underrated, the under dog and many other terms deemed to state that the opponent is not worthy to play or beat the favorite.


But in the first week of the college football season there were seven FCS teams that beat FBS teams and with an FCS team in Stephen F. Austin rolling into Lubbock this weekend the players know they have to come out to play to win.


"Treat them like a big school," senior defensive lineman Kerry Hyder said. "Prepare the same way like for Oklahoma or Texas. Prepare the same way each week."

In the Big 12 Conference the most notable losses were North Dakota State beating the defending conference champs Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas and Northern Iowa beating Iowa State.

With these fellow conference members getting bit by the upset bug, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he attributes these outcomes to the simple fact that there are Division 1 caliber talent at the FCS level.

"I think the spread offense is a great equalizer," he said. "If you get some really good skill, you can go in there and surprise people. I think that's part of it. High school programs are doing such a great job with these seven on sevens and things of that nature that are a ton of great skill all over the country. There are just not enough Division 1 slots for those guys. Sometimes they'll slide through the cracks and end up at FBS schools. When you turn on Stephen F. Austin, they have great skill. They can play anywhere."

With the Red Raiders' game this past week on a Friday night that allowed the players to watch all the other college football games on Saturday and witness some of the upsets.

Even though there was a handful of upsets this past week, Hyder said they cannot worry about what other teams are doing because they need to take care of their own business during the week to get Tech ready for the game.

"We're definitely aware," he said. "We know that SFA is going to come out and play hard. They're going to come out and play the hardest. So we're not really worried about exactly what they're going to do. We've got to worry about ourselves and come out and play our game."

Now there will be a pregame speech at some point before the Red Raiders home opener on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium by the coaching staff.

But what Kingsbury does not expect to do is get his team fired up for the game and fired up to play the Lumberjacks – that should come naturally.

"I better not have to," he said. "It's our first home game, and we treat every opponent the same. We treat them with respect and play hard and really focus on us and how much better we have to get. So I would assume we'll be ready to play."




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