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This week the Double T 97-3 Staff answers "Did the upsets in the Big 12 this weekend make you feel better or worse about the Red Raiders chances to finish in the top half of the Big 12 this year?"
Chuck Heinz - The Morning Drive
I just think it goes to what we thought at the beginning of the year that the Big 12 is open for the taking and that really hasn't changed with OU, Texas and yes, West Virginia in the hunt for the top spot but slots 3-8 or 9 could change dramatically from today thru the end of the year. The only given right now is that KU will finish 10th and that they will change coaches.
Jame Lent - The Morning Drive and The Press Box
Unfortunately I think it made me feel worse. I already felt like winning at Iowa St. was going to be tough but now I think it will be a little tougher. To a certain degree the same could be said about winning at KSU. I assumed they would turn it around at some point and it looks like they have in plenty of time to face the Red Raiders. Throw in the fact that the OSU win for Tech is looking less and less impressive each week and I am definitely one that believes there is really nothing easy for the Red Raiders the rest of the way. And yes, I'm including Kansas in that mix.
Zach Logsdon - The Morning Drive and End of the Bench
I thought Tech, TCU and Iowa State were the ones battling for 4th, 5th and 6th in the league going into the week. So...kinda? Tech beats TCU which gives them a leg up on the Frogs. Really what changed for me is now I think it's Texas, OU and then a three way battle for 3rd between Tech, Iowa State and West Virginia. Unfortunately, the Red Raiders have already dropped one against the fighting moonshiners. But I'm pretty firm in the "Tech is a top half Big 12 team" camp.
Jon Sokoloff - End of the Bench and Fox34 Sports
They made me feel worse. Iowa State continues to look really strong at home after defeating West Virginia, Texas won with it's backup QB and the Sooners still look as strong as ever despite losing to the Longhorns. Those are three tough games Tech has to play this month, and if they want to have a chance of winning the Big 12 they'll need to beat Oklahoma and Texas. That seems unlikely at this point.
Jeff McGuire - End of the Bench, Sunday Sports Blitz and The Bottom Line
I lean towards feeling better about the Red Raiders because for a few weeks now, I have felt that there was not a game on the schedule that you couldn't win. That does not mean they will win them, but there is a chance. The more that the underdogs pull things off in the Big 12, the more likely that a team that has been in the bottom half of the league can jump up to the top. Falling in College Football is easy to do, getting backup, as every Red Raider Fan knows, is a lot harder to do.
Chois Woodman - The Bottom Line
As bad as it is to ride the fence: that's exactly where I'm at. I remain about where I was after watching the weekend in the Big 12. I might feel slightly worse about the Red Raiders' chances in road games at Ames and Manhatten, but I feel even better about an opportunity to beat the Longhorns at home. This league is as wide open as its ever been, and it's still hard to feel solid about anything half way through the season.
Rob Verby - The Press Box and Fox34 Sports
The upsets in the Big 12, plus Texas struggling with Baylor at home give me more optimism that Tech could go 4-2 down the stretch and finish top half in the conference. At the same time Tech could easily go 2-4. It all starts with a must-win vs Kansas.
Zach Sparkman - The Press Box and Tech Talk
I’ll say worse simply because of Iowa states win over West Virginia so that game next week for tech just got much more difficult. Kansas State’s win over Oklahoma State is a little concerning but I like Techs run defense against the wildcats. If tech drops one of those as well as both against Texas and OU that has them at 5th. However if Tech can win both of those and split against OU and Texas I think the Big 12 is so wide open 2 losses in conference could still get you to the Big 12 title game
Garrett Luft - Coors Light Post Game Show and Saturday Morning Quarter Back
The upsets just indicate to me that this conference is wide open for the taking. Iowa State looked good at home against an underperforming West Virginia, but looked brutal offensively in Fort Worth a week prior. (Ironically, Tech wins there 17-14, Iowa State loses there 17-14). My take from ISU-WVU: wash. Tech is a 50-50 in Ames.
Baylor’s close call at Texas shows UT is pretty average and the Bears are no slouch.
K-State’s explosion on OSU confirms OSU is bad and indicates The Wildcats (and their coach) are still alive and breathing.
Long story short, nobody at the top is unbeatable. And outside of KU, everyone can beat anyone.
Right now, I can absolutely see Tech playing for the Big 12 title in December. And I could also see them 5-7 (3-6). It’s that even across the Big 12.
Cassie Carlson - Fox34 Sports
I’d say I still feel good about their chances of finishing in the top half providing Tech continues to improve and get Bowman & Vasher back. I think they win either OU or Texas, but not both. I also think it’s the wins against Iowa State, KSU and Baylor that are most necessary for them to finish in the top half. Out of those, at this point, I’m most worried about Iowa St. I think the bottom line is that they can’t have a bad game. I’m sure they understand the opportunity they have to finish higher than past years and than projected in the preseason rankings.
Luke Lyles - Producer Extraordinaire
Obviously it helps you move up in the rankings anytime a team higher than you goes down, while at the same time I think these upsets just show you how easy it is for a good team to lose an easy game on the road or even at home. Kansas State and Iowa State will be tough games on the road. I think we will split those games. If we were to win both of our next two road games, that will be huge! We can’t worry about what other teams are doing. The only thing we need to be focused on is who’s next and beating whoever that is, one game at a time.
Jake Archer - Producer Extraordinaire
I honestly don't know how I feel about the upsets in the Big 12. First and foremost, this is good for the Red Raiders. With how the defense is playing of late, and the hopeful return of Alan Bowman and a resurgent offense, Tech could reasonably beat anyone in the Big 12. When last asked about how the Raiders would finish the season, I said 8-4 was most likely. With the competition looking weaker than I thought, I'm very comfortable with that pick and could even see them finishing 9-3. Now for that other feeling; these upsets make me uneasy. Iowa State is looking like the new K-State of the conference: one should beat them but they shouldn't be taken lightly and can be a tough out at home. We play them in Ames next week.... I really hope Bowman is 90-100% by then; we're gonna need him to win that one. Baylor is another team that Tech should beat in Jerry World, but with how they are playing of late, they won't be an easy out either. If Tech takes either of those teams lightly, we could just as easily be upset ourselves. That's what worries me about the Big 12 upsets.
Positive - 5
Negative - 2
Neutral - 4