The Alamo Bowl committee met this morning to discuss their upcoming decision, and Texas Tech is a definite consideration. The other teams the committee is looking at are Missouri and Kansas State. If the Gator Bowl does not select a Big 12 team this year, UT will also be a consideration for the committee.
The committee believes that a game between the high powered offenses of Texas
Tech and Iowa would be exciting, and Rick Hill stated, "We think fans would enjoy
seeing the quarterbacks throw the ball a hundred times."
Also adding to the story line is Iowa quarterback Drew Tate, a Texas native, who
will play his final collegiate game only a few hours away from his hometown of
Baytown. Tate, who originally committed to Texas A&M and has never faced a Big
12 South team, would have a chance to prove himself against a Texas team if the
Red Raiders were selected.
The committee is also discussing the appeal of a 3rd match-up between
Iowa and Texas Tech. Despite having faced off in the Alamo Bowl twice before,
Mr. Hill indicated that fans from both schools do seem interested in a rematch.
In 2001, the Alamo Bowl hosted over 65,000 Red Raider and Hawkeye fans, its
second-largest crowd ever.
One of the staff's major concerns is that many Red Raider fans were hoping for a
breakout year and possibly a BCS Bowl berth, and that fan support may be largely
diminished after a 7-5 season. However, Hill stated, "Tech has the most appeal
over teams from the Midwest."
Fan interest is being gauged primarily by the number of preorders each
university sells, and each athletic department will be contacted at the end of
the week to find out how many preorders each school has received. Mr. Hill
emphasized, "Preorders are the most important factor in determining fan support
for the Alamo Bowl."
Texas Tech is currently taking preorders for all season ticket holders. If you
would like to preorder your tickets for the Alamo Bowl and help the Red Raiders
get invited, you can do so online by
Texas Tech Alamo Bowl Bound?
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