Yet another Tech fan here. As has been mentioned already, we are pleasantly surprised with the team's performance and attitude so far this season. BUT, I think my fellow Red Raider fans are in for a rude awakening soon. Yes, we look different this year, but I am still struggling to get last year's taste out of my mouth. We were BAD. Yes, we ran off a terrible DC, but still...we were horrendous in the second half of the season. I have no doubt we will be more competitive with you guys than we were last year, but I still cannot figure out how some are chalking this game up as a W. We haven't sniffed the slightest bit of adversity yet, so we have no idea how we'll react if ISU puts up a couple touchdowns early. The only thing I'm 100% sure of at this point is that I am so glad football season is back :spinny:
Good luck to the Cyclones, hoping for a good clean game!
I haven't seen TT play, and there is no doubt in my mind that they could come into the Jack and walk out with a victory.
It has to be an exciting time to be a TT fan. Their new coach turns over coaches faster then most programs graduate players. At TT, they don't just rank each years recruiting class, they also get to rank their new coaching staff. There is nothing like a head coach that surrounds himself with the wrong people.
Nothing builds confidence like firing several coaches after a couple of years on the job.
Can any of you Tech fans give a little more insight on your offensive line? I know it was mentioned that they have more starts than any other line in the big 12, but how does the talent/depth stack up? Are there any O-linemen that are NFL caliber?
On our end, I would give our starting O-line a grade of B- so far this year, however with the depth we have compared to years past I think the depth brings our grade to a B or B+. I don't think they've been rotating in and out as much as I thought they would, but I don't see a huge drop off from our starters to our 2nds. As far as NFL talent goes, I don't think any lineman has stood out as a clear NFL guy but I believe Bykowski will be by the end of the year. Beyond that we only have one other starting senior in Burris.
You didn't by chance sit in section 6, sneak in some beers, and yap all night about how much better ISU's video board was than Tech's did you?
Barnett did a great job of reading Tech's DE's and making the right call on the zone read, but Tech's idiot DC never adjusted last year. We fired that guy because he was terrible and our new DC was the DC for North Carolina. He's much more experienced, and hopefully won't allow our defense to get gashed by the exact same play all game.
It's nice that the guy was at North Carolina. It really doesn't mean that he's ready for the Big 12 or that he isn't. It's just nice.
Steele isn't half as good as Barnett on zone reads, but he throws much better imo. To be honest, I think ISU will look completely different than the ISU Tech played last season. I hope Nealy gets some carries that matter this time. Anyone know if Woody is going to play? How about Shontrelle, he got 4 total carries last game.
How is the ISU defensive line looking? Sacks, TFL's, run stuffing?