Weekly Predictions

Big 12 play is finally here. The Red Raiders put their #24 national ranking on the line as they head into College Station to square off against the Texas A&M Aggies. Here are our staff's (w/ some special guests) predictions for the big game this Saturday.

Mark Sparrow - RaiderPower Site Publisher

The Red Raiders are coming off a 62-0 shellacking of Southeastern Louisiana.  Although this helps us Red Raider fans somewhat forget the loss in Fort Worth, but I could use a victory over the Texas A&M Aggies to help push it further back into my memory bank.

This game is a must win for both programs.  Texas A&M started off the season 4-0, but the Aggie faithful are not quite sold on this Dennie Franchione character just yet.  He hasn't proven that he can win against good competition, going 1-8 against the upper echelon of the Big 12 South in Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma.  If the Aggies can pull out a victory, it could be a sign that Fran his finally turned the A&M program around.

Then there's the Red Raiders.  After a tough loss at TCU, they came back with vengeance and destroyed I-AA foe Southeastern Louisiana.  The jury is still out on how well this team can perform on the road in a hostile environment though.  Graham Harrell is only a sophomore and it will be interesting to see how he handles the noise and atmosphere at the infamous Kyle Field.

This is a make or break game for both teams, so I expect a hard fought contest by both teams that will come down to a close game heading into the 4th quarter.  Ultimately, the Red Raiders will be too much for the Aggies and will pull away late in the game.  Texas Tech will move to 4-1 and earn a solid victory on the road.

Final Score:  Texas Tech 34, Texas A&M 17

Andrew Swofford - RaiderPower Media Relations

The #24 ranked Texas Tech Red Raider (3-1) roll into College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies (4-0) this Saturday. This will be sophmore quarterback Graham Harrell's first start in a hostile enviornment like Kyle Field. If he is able to get comfortable and get the offense to click it could be a long day for the Aggie defense.

Speaking of defense, the Red Raiders defense will look to keep up where they left off. They have not allowed a touchdown over the last two games, and would love to continue that trend. The key to the game will be stopping the A&M rushing attack. Stopping Javorskie Lane and Stephen McGee is no easy task. If they are able to limit what A&M can do on the ground, it could lead to a Red Raider victory.

Final Score: Texas Tech 31,  Texas A&M 21

Ryan Hyatt - Williams and Hyatt Show

No stats, no breakdown, no long-winded Don Williams style analysis. History, recent observation and an Allsup's burrito in my belly says:

Final Score: Texas Tech 24, Texas A&M 27

Chad Hasty - The Chad Hasty Show

My heart tells me that Texas Tech will walk out of Kyle Field with a win on Saturday, but you can't always go with your heart. The Red Raiders have had 2 road games this season and neither of those were at a venue like Kyle Field against a Big 12 team. Both teams will play well, but Kyle Field, the crowd, and inexperience on the offensive side of the ball all go against the Red Raiders. One more thing that will hurt Tech this Saturday, the clock. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Final Score: Texas Tech 24, Texas A&M 28

Trent Wycoff - RaiderPower Managing Editor

Texas Tech faces its toughest test yet at Kyle against the Aggies. We may have the better team, coaching staff, et cetera. None of that matters this weekend.
The Aggie fans, coaches, and players are making it no secret that this game is huge for them. They see us as a beatable team, and are extremely motivated for their Big 12 opener at home.

However, our Red Raiders should have a bit more fire than usual as well. I guarantee that some of them are still a little angry about the TCU game, as evidenced by their play against SE Louisiana. Also, Jarrett Hicks is itching to go out and dominate, which should scare A&M. Furthermore, we might finally see a healthy Chris Parker after his rest. Add all of this up and it should result in the best Tech team that we have seen yet.

The Aggies will play hard, but so will the Red Raiders, which helps us leave College Station with the win.

Final Score: Texas Tech 38, Texas A&M 28

During the game on Saturday The Chad Hasty Show will be on the air from 5-7pm on 790am KFYO in Lubbock. Your comments on the game are welcome during that time. Also after the game Ryan Hyatt will post his thoughts on the Williams and Hyatt Show Blog. You can get to the blog by going to www.williamsandhyatt.com Be sure to catch The Williams and Hyatt Show on the air, Monday 4-7pm on Sports Radio 1340 in Lubbock.

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