November 7, 2007

Still looking for a quality win

If nothing else, Texas Tech's final two games of the season present them with a shot at redemption. Opportunities to prove themselves.

The Red Raiders, after all, do not have a single quality win to call their own. The closest thing to it would be their 35-7 trouncing of Texas A&M, but then again, the Aggies are only 6-4 on the year and 3-3 in Big 12 play.

Tech's only real opportunity for a true, quality win was the road contest against now #6 Missouri, but the Red Raiders squandered that one ignominiously.

Mike Leach's team could rinse away the bad taste of the Missouri loss by defeating either Texas or Oklahoma in the season's final two weeks. Win both and the Red Raiders also largely negate the horror of losing to Colorado in Lubbock.

So, from a perception standpoint the Texas and Oklahoma games are all about recouping-some would say garnering in the first place-national respect for the Tech football program. Go into Austin and beat the #14 Longhorns and you've got yourself a trophy that makes the college football world sit up and take notice.

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