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Let's take a look at Texas Tech!

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vs.
5/6/7 BAYLOR (9-1, 6-1) vs. NR/NR/NR TEXAS TECH (4-7, 2-6)
Nov. 29, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium (80,000)

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Happy Thanksgiving, and a Schedule Note

Happy Thanksgiving Week, everybody. The holiday later this week means somewhat of an altered schedule for everything. I'm planning on getting the Big 12 Stats post out today if at all possible, and plan on the Advanced Stats Preview hitting tomorrow sometime. Additionally, I'll try and get the podcast edited and posted hopefully sometime before the Selection Committee gives us their latest reasoning for keeping us at #7. Unless something amazing happens tonight, it's likely we won't have a second podcast this week to talk about the rankings and preview Saturday's game.

We'll definitely have more going up than just that, but I figured I'd let you know what I was thinking for some of the regularly scheduled posts we do each week. We'll probably throw up an Open Thread for the TCU-Texas game on Thursday if folks want it.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving! Now back to your regularly scheduled post.

Let's Talk about Hate Weeks

Hey sportsfans, Mark Seymour here to talk to you about Hate Weeks for just a moment.  Stated simply: if you're looking for a place to talk about how much you hate Texas Tech, their fans, or their team, and you want some kind of guidance or official support in that endeavor, you've come to the wrong place.  ODB does not and will not participate in so-called Hate Weeks.  Others might in order to get their fans riled up or excited about the upcoming game, and that's their choice.  We don't.  I don't see the point in it, nor do I want to waste anyone's time.  Let's talk Baylor Football, something we all dearly love.

Texas Tech Red Raiders 2014 Schedule

August
Central Arkansas Bears Saturday, August 30 2014 win 42-35 coverage
September
@ Texas-El Paso Miners Saturday, September 06 2014 win 30-26 coverage
Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday, September 13 2014 loss 28-49 coverage
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys Thursday, September 25 2014 loss 35-45 coverage
October
@ Kansas State Wildcats Saturday, October 04 2014 loss 13-45 coverage
West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, October 11 2014 loss 34-37 coverage
Kansas Jayhawks Saturday, October 18 2014 win 34-21 coverage
@ TCU Horned Frogs Saturday, October 25 2014 loss 27-82 coverage
November
Texas Longhorns Saturday, November 01 2014 loss 13-34 coverage
Oklahoma Sooners Saturday, November 15 2014 loss 30-42 coverage
@ Iowa St. Cyclones Saturday, November 22 2014 win 34-31 coverage
Baylor Bears Saturday, November 29 2014 3:30 PM EST coverage

The first two games were a sign of things to come for the Red Raiders. Tech struggled against both Central Arkansas and UTEP, beating each team by only one score. The rest of the season has been dismal for Tech with wins against only Iowa State and Kansas, and the only other close game being against West Virginia at home. The low point of the season is undoubtedly the 82-27 destruction at the hands of TCU. Tech comes into the week off of a 34-31 win against Iowa State and look to end the season on a two-game winning streak. While they can't attain bowl eligibility this season, beating Baylor would go a long way towards soothing the wounds suffered this season. On the neutral site at Jerry World, this game is absolutely Teas Tech's bowl game.

Texas Tech Individual Statistics

Quarterbacks

Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Davis Webb 211 345 61.2 2539 7.4 7.1 24 13 138.4
2 Patrick Mahomes 75 129 58.1 949 7.4 7.9 10 3 140.9
3 Vincent Testaverde 15 26 57.7 116 4.5 2.7 0 1 87.5
4 Taylor Symmank 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/24/2014.

Davis Webb hasn't played since suffering an ankle injury against TCU back at the end of October. Since then, true freshman Patrick Mahomes has been at the helm of the Texas Tech offense. Kingsbury had hinted that both QBs were completely healthy for last week's game against Iowa State, but Kingsbury opted to go with Mahomes exclusively. We'll keep you updated on the Red Raiders' QB status. I like that sports-reference tracks the passing attempt by the punter. It's too bad that it fell incomplete. I left that in there for the lulz.

Running Backs

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Deandre Washington 173 1038 6.0 2 24 221 9.2 1 197 1259 6.4 3
2 Justin Stockton 48 396 8.3 4 11 72 6.5 1 59 468 7.9 5
3 Quinton White 28 117 4.2 0 10 82 8.2 0 38 199 5.2 0
4 Kenny Williams 11 78 7.1 1 6 134 22.3 2 17 212 12.5 3
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/24/2014.

I don't have a ton to say about the running backs. Deandre Washington is coming off a career day against Iowa State, in which he rushed 18 times for 181 yards. Granted, it was against one of the two worst rush defenses in the Big 12. 72 yards came on a touchdown run; another 44 of those yards came on a fake punt that was snapped directly to him.

Wide Receivers

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Jakeem Grant 4 29 7.3 0 62 783 12.6 6 66 812 12.3 6
2 Bradley Marquez 59 691 11.7 7 59 691 11.7 7
3 Devin Lauderdale 27 504 18.7 6 27 504 18.7 6
4 Reginald Davis 28 305 10.9 5 28 305 10.9 5
5 Ian Sadler 20 291 14.6 2 20 291 14.6 2
6 Dylan Cantrell 18 265 14.7 2 18 265 14.7 2
7 Jordan Davis 8 97 12.1 1 8 97 12.1 1
8 D.J. Polilte-Bray 11 92 8.4 1 11 92 8.4 1
9 Brad Pearson 6 38 6.3 0 6 38 6.3 0
10 Cameron Batson 8 36 4.5 0 8 36 4.5 0
11 Brent Mitcham 1 3 3.0 0 1 3 3.0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/25/2014.

Kingsbury's version of the Air Raid certainly loves to spread it around, but Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez are the favorite targets. That being said, 7 receivers have receptions numbering in the double digits, and nearly 8 receivers in triple digit yardage. Our secondary and linebackers will be very busy in coverage, make no mistake.

2014 Texas Tech Team Stats and Rankings

Statistic National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value National Leader Value Conference
Leader
Value
3rd Down Conversion% 46 6 0.430 Georgia Tech 0.583 Iowa St. 0.460
3rd Down Defense % 113 9 0.460 Clemson 0.271 TCU 0.298
4th Down Conversion% 92 7 0.429 Minnesota 0.875 Baylor 0.781
4th Down Defense % 110 10 0.650 Arkansas 0.125 Baylor 0.167
Blocked Kicks Oklahoma St.
Eastern Mich.
Northwestern
6
6
6
Oklahoma St. 6
Blocked Kicks Allowed 1 1 0 40 teams tied 0 Iowa St.
Texas Tech
Oklahoma St.
0
0
0
Blocked Punts Temple 3 Oklahoma St. 2
Blocked Punts Allowed 1 1 0 88 teams tied 0 9 teams tied 0
Completion Percentage 50 3 0.600 UCLA 0.719 West Virginia 0.667
Defensive TDs Washington 7 Oklahoma 3
Fewest Penalties 124 9 101 Navy 24 Kansas St. 42
Fewest Penalties/Game 124 9 9.18 Navy 2.40 Kansas St. 4.20
Fewest Penalty Yards 125 10 945 Navy 242 Kansas St. 392
Fewest Pen. Yards/Gm 124 9 85.91 Navy 24.20 Kansas St. 39.20
First Downs Defense 122 10 288 Wisconsin 148 Baylor 169
First Downs Offense 22 3 265 Washington St. 306 Baylor 295
Fumbles Lost 39 7 7 Missouri 1 4 teams tied 4
Fumbles Recovered 59 4 8 FIU 19 Kansas 12
Kickoff Return Defense 63 6 20.77 South Ala. 14.82 Kansas St. 17.11
Kickoff Returns 107 9 18.85 UCF 27.09 West Virginia 24.14
Net Punting 28 3 39.59 Idaho 43.29 Baylor 41.38
Passes Had Intercepted 120 10 17 Oregon
Northern Ill.
Army
2
2
2
4 teams tied 6
Passes Intercepted 105 10 6 Louisville 23 TCU 17
Passing Offense 6 2 327.6 Washington St. 488.8 Baylor 345.0
Passing Yards Allowed 93 6 249.6 San Jose St. 125.5 Texas 182.0
Passing Yards/Cplt 65 7 11.97 Georgia Tech 18.34 Baylor 15.27
Punt Return Defense 16 3 3.57 TCU -0.29 TCU -0.29
Punt Returns 119 9 3.61 Stanford 19.25 Kansas St. 18.84
Red Zone Defense 114 10 0.904 Mississippi St. 0.595 Kansas 0.727
Red Zone Offense 101 10 0.750 UCLA 0.956 Oklahoma St. 0.914
Rushing Defense 121 10 259.9 Penn St. 81.7 Baylor 108.6
Rushing Offense 70 5 157.5 Navy 354.8 Oklahoma 265.4
Sacks Allowed 12 2 1.09 Oklahoma 0.55 Oklahoma 0.55
Scoring Defense 123 10 40.6 Ole Miss 13.5 Texas
Kansas St.
21.0
21.0
Scoring Offense 63 6 29.1 Baylor 50.0 Baylor 50.0
Tackles for Loss Allowed 23 3 4.73 Cincinnati 3.10 Baylor
Oklahoma
4.00
4.00
Team Passing Efficiency 48 5 135.84 Oregon 184.28 Baylor 156.98
Team Passing Eff. Def. 111 10 145.31 UCF 97.47 Texas 106.32
Team Sacks 68 6 2.00 Utah 4.45 Texas 3.36
Team Tackles for Loss 100 10 5.1 Clemson 9.9 TCU 7.8
Time of Possession 123 10 26:03 Michigan St. 35:16 Kansas St. 31:53
Total Defense 122 10 509.5 Clemson 252.4 Baylor 329.7
Total Offense 18 5 485.2 Baylor 584.5 Baylor 584.5
Turnover Margin 115 9 -0.91 Michigan St. 1.73 TCU 1.40
Turnovers Gained 96 7 14 FIU 33 TCU 28
Turnovers Lost 108 9 24 Oregon 7 Baylor
Kansas St.
10
10
Winning Percentage 90 8 0.364 Marshall
Florida St.
1.000
1.000
TCU
Baylor
0.900
0.900

IT'S QUESTION TIME!

FIRST: Do you have any questions about Texas Tech that we can either answer or have answered for you?
SECOND: Predict the uniform combination for Saturday's matchup.
THIRD: If your prediction is Chrometrooper, what does the team wear next week (given the fact that chrome helmets have to be sent off to be repaired)?
FOURTH: Give me your best reaction gif to the Tech uniform of your choice.
FIFTH: What's your favorite Thanksgiving food? If unable to limit to one, a power ranking is fine.