Here’s why the Red Raiders will improve to 2-0 when they play the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.
Reason #1: Momentum from last week
The Red Raiders are coming off a convincing 38-21 win over Houston last Saturday. Tech outscored the Cougars 31-0 in the second half as Tahj Brooks and Erik Ezukanma both exploded for 100+ yards. A great all-around performance, including four interceptions from the defense, should carry into Tech’s game against SFA.
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Reason #2: SaRodrick Thompson’s return
SaRodrick Thompson is expected to return to action this Saturday after missing last week’s game. He was dealing with a shoulder injury in the offseason and reportedly was kept out of the Houston game due to a positive COVID test.
Texas Tech doesn’t need him to come back this week. After all, it’s a cupcake game against an FCS opponent. On top of that, the backfield did great last week due to Brooks’ performance. However, you can’t deny that his return would be a huge morale boost to the team.
Reason #3: It’s the home opener
Texas Tech will try to pack Jones AT&T Stadium this weekend. If it’s successful, it will be the first time the stadium is full in two years. Because it’s a night game, the stands will be in a blackout. Seeing a full crowd for the first time in forever should give the Red Raiders much motivation. Fans are a huge part of the college football experience and their energy should help the players’ spirits greatly.
Reason #4: Stephen F. Austin is an FCS team
You should never underestimate an opponent. As we saw last week with several teams, it could lead to a game being closer than it should (looking at you OU, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State). However, the level of talent Texas Tech has over the Lumberjacks should lead them to victory. SFA finished 6-4 in 2020 and 3-9 in 2019. There’s no reason the Red Raiders shouldn’t win this game by at least 30.
Houston Baptist, another FCS team, did play Tech close last year, but a blowout should be in order for this season’s home opener.