This is one of those things that’s hard to understand, but it’s easy to get excited about.
The Longhorns are in a perfect position to do just that.
Tech is an SEC power with a Big 12 championship game on the line.
The Horns have the conference’s best offense, a balanced offense, and the biggest defense in the conference.
They also have a potent defense that can beat you on the ground.
Texas Tech is also in the hunt for its third national title in five seasons, which would make it the first team to do it since the 2004 Alabama Crimson Tide team.
Tech plays Texas on Thursday in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
Texas Tech is a power in every aspect of the game.
Its defense has been the best in the country for years, and it ranks fourth in scoring defense and seventh in total defense.
Tech ranks ninth in rushing defense and second in scoring, and quarterback Travis Wilson has been stellar this season.
He’s had a passer rating of 120.6, and his completion percentage of 60.8 percent.
His 3,624 yards of total offense are the fourth-most in college football history, and he’s averaging more than three yards per pass attempt.
His 13 touchdowns are the second-most of any quarterback in Big 12 history, behind only Kevin Kolb, who also has 13.
His 19 interceptions are third in school history.
Tech has had the most interceptions in the nation since it lost star running back Jeremy McNichols to a season-ending knee injury in 2014.
Wilson has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 817 yards and nine touchdowns, while throwing eight interceptions.
The two biggest storylines heading into this season have been the Longhorns’ offensive attack and the defense’s dominance.
If the Longhorn offense can continue to produce, and if they can continue producing consistently, they will be one of the top offenses in the sport this season, especially if they have a solid quarterback like Wilson to throw to.
The biggest issue facing Tech will be stopping the Longheder defense.
The Sooners have a huge advantage against the pass, and Tech has been especially good at keeping its defenders off the ball.
Tech allowed just 38.9 points per game this season and has allowed just 24.5 in its last six games.
It will be interesting to see if the Horns can match up against the Sooners’ run defense, which ranks fourth nationally and fifth in the ACC.
The Big 12 has a huge run game, and Texas Tech could be the best team to slow them down.
Tech’s defense will be tested by Texas A&M’s offensive attack, which ranked first in the SEC in total offense, passing, and total defense in 2016.
Tech also has the best passing defense in college sports, allowing just 4.2 yards per play and just 3.9 yards per attempt.
The Aggies will be looking to get into the end zone as often as they can.
Tech hasn’t allowed a touchdown since Nov. 5, but the Longhoders have scored in each of their last two games.
Tech will try to avoid letting Texas A & M score a touchdown, which could be a key factor in the game as well.
Tech had a big game last week against Kansas State, but Texas A+M beat the Hornoders in a shocking upset.
Another issue for Tech is how it plays at home.
Tech played in a home game for the first time in its history last week, but is 3-0 there.
Tech lost its first home game in 2017, and its only win in 2018 came in an overtime win at LSU.
Tech needs to win on the road against a Big 10 team, and a road game against a Power 5 team will be a huge test for the Longhos.
The teams last meeting was Nov. 9, when Tech beat the Aggies 35-27.
For Tech, it’s about continuing to get better.
The offense is talented, but Tech’s depth has been a concern.
The defense isn’t great, but a lot of that has to do with the coaching staff.
Tech didn’t have a true freshman on its roster last season, and only one other senior, running back Austin Allen, has started all 13 games this season for Tech.
Tech ranked 24th in the NCAA in rushing last season and only 18th in total rushing.
The team still has a lot to learn, but there is a good chance that Tech will play better than it did in 2017.
Tech still needs to find its footing after losing some key pieces to graduation, but with a new offensive coordinator, new quarterbacks, and improved defenses, Tech should be a dangerous team in the division.
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