Coming off an impressive 20-10 home victory over preseason Big 12 favorite TCU last Thursday, the freshly ranked Red Raiders (3-0) look to avoid a letdown performance against FBS upstart, Texas State (2-0).
The 25th ranked Red Raiders take on the Bobcats Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Jones AT&T Stadium for the final game of a three-year series between the teams. Texas Tech has dominated the previous two matchups by a combined score of 108-20, including last year's 58-10 shellacking in San Marcos.
Texas State appears to be an improved team from last year however, having jumped out to an undefeated start by beating Southern Miss 22-15 on the road in Week 1 and Prairie View A&M 28-3 on Sept. 7 in their last contest. The Bobcats are looking for the program's first 3-0 start since 1983, while providing coach Dennis Franchione his 200th career win.
"These guys know what happened the last two years," Franchione said of the first two meetings with Texas Tech. "They'd like to walk off the field Saturday with their head held a little higher. Last year just got away from us so quickly, I don't think our guys felt like they had a chance to show what they could do. They'd like to have a chance to show what they can do," Franchione said.
That'll be easier said than done as Texas Tech enters the contest averaging 400 yards through the air - good enough to be ranked fifth in the country in passing yards per game. The team mustered only 293 against the Horned Frogs, but it was still good enough to get the win and claim a spot in the national polls.
"Yeah, I don't even pay attention to it," Kingsbury said of his team being ranked. "It is what it is. We just attack each week and try to get better that week and try to win that game. That's really where we're at."
Baker Mayfield suffered a deep thigh bruise in the victory over TCU, forcing him to exit the game for good in the 4th quarter. But all reports suggest Mayfield is fine and will start Saturday.
Be sure and dress in white if you're coming to the Jones. It'll be a white out game, as Texas Tech celebrates cotton in the 2nd annual Cotton Game.
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