Keys to the Game

RaiderPower takes an in-depth look at the keys to the game for the Texas Tech - TAMU matchup, while avoiding the usual common sense analyses. What must the Red Raiders do to get out of College Station with the win? Come inside to find out.

1. Take the crowd out of the game early.  There is no place that is more important for this to happen than at Kyle Field.  The crowd will be a factor, and if they have reason to get behind the Aggies, look out.  There's a reason that the the last few games at Kyle have been close, and the last few games in Lubbock have been blowouts.  The difference is obviously the Aggie fans.  Their team seems to need the support of their fans, so I want to see the Aggie fanbase have to choose between being miserable because they stayed for the entire game or being ostracized and labeled a 2%er.


2. Spy on Stephen McGee.  It is no secret that we have struggled in the past with dual-threat quarterbacks.  It's not that McGee is all that mobile, but we have a tendency to make guys like Jordan Palmer look like Michael Vick.  When we actually face a Brad Smith, Vince Young, Seneca Wallace, etc., they have torched our defense in the past.  However, we managed to shut down Reggie McNeal throughout most of his career, so maybe A&M can coach McGee into mediocrity as well.  One can only hope.  Still, a QB who likes to run is a little scary.


3. Stop Jorvorski Lane and Courtney Lewis.  Sure, we shut down Lane last year and made him have the fumblitis, but we also had Dwayne Slay.  Jorvorski doesn't scare me as much as Lewis, though, as Courtney has been the one who has caused Tech problems in the past.  He was the player who scored the winning TD in overtime in 2004, and he had another big TD in last year's game, although it didn't help them much in that one.  I would like to see the Aggies have to try and beat us through the air, as their receiving corps isn't all that frightening.  Sure, Schroeder has done well against the patsies, and 'Tellus supposedly has talent that hasn't made it to either the basketball or football games. I don't buy it yet.


4. Show some balance.  I'm not talking about run/pass; I'm referring to offensive/defensive.  In games against the two most talented teams that we have played this season, UTEP and TCU, only one side of the ball has shown up.  I don't know if it is because the team was on the road or the strengths of the aforementioned opponents, but this situation must be rectified if we expect to win this game.  One side of the ball not showing up absolutely will not cut it against a talented, motivated team such as Texas A&M, especially since it's at their house.


5. Destroy the A&M secondary.  The Aggie fans and coaches are excited because of their supposed top-ten passing defense.  This might be the most misleading stat ever.  A team doesn't go from last in the nation in passing defense to one of the nation's best in one year.  The only team in their extremely soft schedule that they have faced who even likes to throw the ball is Louisiana Tech, and La Tech threw for 229 yards on them.  It's time for a team like TTU to give the Aggie secondary a rude awakening and taste of reality.


All smack talk aside, this should be a close game.  The winner of this one will likely be the team that wants it more.  No matter who wins, that team will have a legitimate claim at a good win.  This should be one of the best, if not the best of the games this weekend.  May the best team win.

-Trent Wycoff

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