- Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. SMU Mustangs
- Friday August 30, 2013, 7:00PM ESPN
- Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be coming into Dallas looking for a victory on Friday night with new rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury. But this isn’t the same old SMU team, which would normally be marked down as a win for the Red Raiders. This SMU team has been steadily improving each season under June Jones. This will also be the first season SMU will be playing in an automatic qualifying conference, and it will be their first game in the new American Athletic Conference. While Tech has won eight straight against the Mustangs since 1989, this year it probably won’t be as easy as it has in years past.
The last time these two teams played in 2010, Tech won the game 35-27, but SMU made a hurried come back that fell just short on a fourth down play late in the fourth quarter. While it has been a few years, this will be the second consecutive time Texas Tech has debuted a new coach against SMU, and in those games Texas Tech is 5-1. While most of the experts will give Tech the nod, it is still a game that will have a lot of pride on the line. These teams used to be Southwest conference foes, and now they are just interstate rivals. Texas Tech likes playing in the Dallas area, so there is a good chance some of the kids on SMU were once recruited by Texas Tech.
I expect this game to be high scoring with lots of offense, but one key to the game will be seeing if SMU can get on the board first. The Mustangs are 15-0 when they score first, and this team loves to play at home, carrying a home record of 10-3 in the last two seasons. SMU has been quietly and consistently winning with little to now national hoopla, this game will be a primetime opportunity for SMU to show the nation they are not the same SMU from the 90’s and early 2000’s. With the addition of Hal Mumme as the passing coordinator, look for SMU not be afraid to throw the ball around. I would expect to see both teams match each other stride for stride in this game, but in the end, I feel like SMU will walk out with a victory.