The Brand: Season 2, Episode 4. “D you know why it’s a big game? Because we’re in it.”
“I sit out by my fire in the evening having an adult beverage and I get pretty excited because game time is coming up,” Bohl said. “I’ve always said this, you have a feeling what kind of team we’re going to have, but until I get in the middle of the second or third quarter I start to look and go, OK, this is where we’re at. So, I’m anticipating that.
“The arrow is pointing up, and I’m glad we’re at home.”
QB Andrew Peasley – After an up and down 2022 campaign, it’s time for the senior signal caller to let it rip. Peasley will need to make some big plays in the passing game and avoid turnovers for UW to have a chance to pull an upset over Texas Tech.
RB Jamari Ferrell – Harrison Waylee was recovering from offseason knee injury during fall camp and Dawaiian McNeely suffered a torn ACL. That opened the door for Ferrell to win the starting job. The junior college transfer will have to calm his nerves and play well to help keep the Red Raiders’ offense off the field.
LB Easton Gibbs – UW’s defensive line should be able to win the line of scrimmage against Texas Tech’s offensive line. Gibbs, the preseason Mountain West defensive player of the year, will have to set the tone for the Cowboys’ by flying to the football to match the speed of the Air Raid.
When Texas Tech football runs
The Red Raiders were in the top half of the nation in rushing yards a game and have spent the month of August promoting the revamped offensive line that features 141 career starts, making it the sixth-most experienced unit in the nation. Wyoming, meanwhile, features five returning starters amongst its front six, including linebacker Easton Gibbs, the Mountain West preseason defensive player of the year who totaled 121 tackles as a sophomore.
Texas Tech football wide receiver Drae McCray
The junior from Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian is 112 receiving yards away from 2,000 for his career and needs three receiving touchdowns for 20. All of McCray’s career numbers to date were compiled in two years at Austin Peay before he transferred to Tech this off-season.
When looking at this matchup from a betting perspective, I understand the potential concerns with laying 14 points with a team that has to go on the road to a tricky environment for its opener.
I don’t care. I’ve been bullish on this Red Raider team all offseason, and I believe they’re a legitimate contender to win the Big 12 and possibly even factor into the CFP conversation.
Maguire is one of the best motivators in the country, and he’ll have his team ready to make an opening statement. Tech is the more talented team on both sides of the ball, and its up-tempo offensive approach should create a lot of trouble for a Wyoming team that loves to play in rock fights.
Give me the Red Raiders to go on the road and win this game comfortably, covering the two touchdown number in the process.
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 1, 2023