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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Red Raider Bowl Projections; Recapping Week 13 in College Football

We take a look at some of the bowl projections this Sunday morning as well as round up some of the stories from college football in week 13.

Bowl Projections. There will probably be a lot more of these starting on Sunday, but as of right now, we have just a few updated bowl projections for Texas Tech.

  • ESPN’s Jake Trotter tweets out that with Texas A&M losing to LSU, it is more likely that the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on December 29th in Houston is a likely destination.
  • Campus Insiders’ Pete Fiutak also projects Texas Tech to the Texas Bowl to play Texas A&M.
  • CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm is projecting Texas Tech to play in the Cactus Bowl on January 2nd in Tempe, Arizona. Palm seems like he is the only outlier here projecting Texas Tech out west as he is projecting the Texas Bowl to take West Virginia and LSU.
  • Keep in mind that the SEC, yes, the actually conference rather than the bowls themselves, determines where each team will play for the SEC, via StlToday:

    The SEC league office will decide its SEC participants for its next six bowls: Outback, Belk, Liberty, Music City, Texas and Taxslayer. There is no pecking order within these six and no significant differences between payouts, SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack said.

    “We’ll certainly have discussions with the bowls on which teams they have interest in,” Womack said. “We’ll certainly have discussions with our institutions about which bowls they would have an interest in. But at the end of the day, the conference will make the decision as to how those teams would be placed in those six bowls.”

    SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and his staff will make the decisions about which bowls those six teams will play in, Womack said. The league will work to avoid regular-season rematches and rematches from recent bowl games and factor in proximity when deciding who plays where.

    This article is obviously a bit dated as it mentions Slive, but the rule hasn’t changed, the SEC will determine where their teams play

Winners. USA Today’s Erick Smith writes that coming out of week 13, Texas Tech was one of the winners:

Texas Tech: There were rumblings of dissatisfaction with Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury entering the season. Not anymore after Tech capped a 7-5 season with its first defeat of Texas in Austin since 1997. Kingsbury even added a little fuel to the rivalry when, while appearing to run out the clock, he called a trick play to wide receiver Jakeem Grant for a touchdown. Just imagine how much better things might be next year if the Red Raiders can fix their defensive issues.

College Football News.

  • Via Wide Right Natty Light, it appears that Iowa State is set to hire Matt Campbell as their new head coach. Campbell was previously the head coach at Toledo and helped lead the Rockets to a 9-2 record this year and 35-15 overall.
  • Via Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown, LSU will have to keep Les Miles because I suppose things fell through with Jimbo Fisher, who announced last night that he was staying at Florida State and had no interest in leaving. It’s funny how these things work and how boosters end up being real confident in their ability to make things happen and then, things get screwy. LSU beat Texas A&M last night, 19-7, and TAMU only managed 250 yards of total offense. The article mentions that the LSU decision makers kept Miles because of the media, i.e. the media would have painted LSU as being mean spirited for firing Miles. L.O.L.
  • If you like seeing where coaches are predicted to be hired, then Campus Rush’s Pete Thamel predicts all of the potential openings.
  • College football is fun. Notre Dame loses to Stanford, Oklahoma State is drilled by Oklahoma, Ohio State demolishes Michigan and the college football playoff stuff is looking insane. Of the teams that have the “best” losses, give me Ohio State, but I doubt that’s even a deciding factor anymore. Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown recaps week 13 and Sports on Earth’s David Ubben looks at Oklahoma’s overhaul on offense and defense.
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