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Texas Tech Football 2011 Schedule At A Glance: Texas State, September 3

Texas Tech football is 53 days away from its season opener and the opponent is new FBS member Texas State Bobcats out of San Marcos.

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This match up would be intriguing if this were the fictitious Texas State Armadillos from the movie Necessary Roughness. A 34-year old freshman quarterback, Sinbad cracking jokes from 1991 that were hilarious at the time, Kathy Ireland as the hot walk-on kicker, and that one guy who went on to be on the show Arrested Development.

The Bobcats are led by former Penn State head coach Ed Genero. Wait, that was the movie. Actually they are led by former Texas A&M and TCU head coach Dennis Franchione who returns to coaching after a three year stint as a color analyst for various outlets covering college football since resigning at Texas A&M following 5 tumultuous seasons at the helm.

Texas State finished last season 4-7, 1-6 in the Southland Conference and return 13 starters with 6 on offense and 7 on defense and no doubt that Franchione has his work cut out for himself trying to build a program into a winner while becoming a FBS program in the Western Athletic Conference.

On offense the Bobcats will led by Tyler Arndt at quarterback and Daren Dillard at wide receiver. Arndt, who isn’t a Paul Blake caliber quarterback, threw for nearly 1400 yards before missing the last four games with a knee injury and Dillard is the returning leading receiver for the Bobcats at 510 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Bobcats were as porous as the Red Raiders were on that side of the ball as they gave up 34 points per game last season and at least 30 points in six games. Yikes. Look for Texas State to takes it lumps in Franchione’s first game as head coach of the Bobcats since the 1991 season.

OBSCENELY EARLY SCORE PREDICTION:

Texas Tech 52 Texas State 20.

Let’s be honest here. I would rather watch Necessary Roughness instead of this slaughter that will ensue September 3rd.

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