I tried to find any songs about San Marcos but nobody has yet to be inspired by visiting a city known for its Outlet Mall it appears.
Where: Jim Wacker Field, San Marcos
When: 6:00pm Central
TV: ESPN3 (that's the internet)
Weather: mid 80s, some wind
Line: Tech -18
The Texas Tech Red Raiders begin to play real football, at least technically FBS level football when they travel down to the packed 30,000 seat stadium in San Marcos to take on the Texas State Bobcats.
But before we get into this week's game, let's look back to last week...
Well, if there would have been a line the Red Raiders wouldn't have covered. But they took care of business. Seth Doege and Eric Stephens came back and for the most part looked good, not great. Nice surprise was Kenny Davis getting 75 yards on the ground. 13 different players caught at least one pass and it was virtual 50/50 split of run to pass.
Best part was defense. They only allowed 84 yards of total offense and 6 first downs. Outstanding!
Now comes some "real" competition. I use quotation marks on real as I don't know what the Bobcats have got. Are they closer to the team that Tech whipped 50-10 last year? Or are they closer to the team that won their first FBS game as a member of the WAC against a Houston team on the road last week (a Houston team who is replacing their Head Coach, QB, and lord knows who else). Guess we will find out.
Dennis Franchione is rebuilding this team and his reputation and they sure seem to be on the right track. Their defense held last year's top offense to just 13 points, though a lot of yards (sounds eerily familiar). Their offense seems to be fairly balanced as they led on the ground by Marcus Curry with 131 yards and 2 TDs. Their QB, Shawn Rutherford completed almost 20 passes for 196 yards to 7 different receivers.
If I had any faith in Tuberville, which I have surprisingly little of, I would chalk this up to an easy win. However, until we see what this team really after a few more games is see a 14 pt win.
FUN WITH NUMBERS
105 - seasons of playing intercollegiate football for Texas State
2006 - Last time the Red Raiders held an opponent to 6 or less points
49 - total number of plays that Northwestern State was able to run, North Texas had 46 in 2000