Last season, college football analysts proclaimed Texas Tech had arrived after the Red Raiders upended then-No. 1 Texas, 39-33. And rightfully so; the Raiders won a pulsating game in spectacular fashion when their pair of Heisman candidates hooked up on the defining play of the season. In the process, the Raiders moved to 9-0 and into the national championship discussion. SI.com's
Ten months later, after sustaining significant personnel losses on both sides of the ball, Texas Tech finds itself back in a familiar position leading up to its annual matchup with Texas: a 17-point underdog.
"In their mind at Texas, they probably have bigger fish to fry," Leach said this week.
Texas players wear wristbands with "We Are Texas" written on them, implying that no matter the opponent, no matter the situation, no matter how the BCS or the polls perceive them, the Longhorns remain focused on going out and playing their game. That's been the theme since the beginning of the year, as the coaching staff is doing its best to put last year's bitter BCS snub behind the program.
Plus, the Longhorns have learned its best not to dwell on past failures. In 2007, Texas had a chance to pay back Kansas State and Texas A&M for surprising losses in 2006 ... and ended up getting upset by the Wildcats and Aggies again. "Using revenge isn't some magic solution to winning a football game," Texas wide receiver
McCoy rallied the offense in the fourth quarter, but it ended up being too late. Texas Tech returns all three linebackers and defensive tackle
Potts, a junior, had a so-so debut against North Dakota, but put up the familiar Texas Tech video game numbers in last week's 55-10 win over Rice. Potts threw for 456 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing top receiver
SI.com spoke with Rice co-defensive coordinator