Techsters, I have some advice for you on your biggest game ever:
1) I recommend going to College GameDay. It is lots of fun. We've been lots. You should take it in because this is the last time ESPN comes to Lubbock. 2) Actually, I forgot, we play there every 2 years. You can plan on them coming every 2 years. 3) That white skinny guy in the backfield on 4th down...he is called a "punter". Can you say that? P-U-N-T-E-R. Good for you. I know that the concept of punting is thus far foreign to you, but that will change today. 4) The enormous black guy that is in your backfield but wearing orange....he is Mr. Orakpo. He eats QBs for dinner. Do not anger Mr. Orakpo, or he will eat you, too. He plays defense. Can you say that? Ah, nevermind, getting a grasp on punting and defense on the same day might be too much for a Tech fan.
In the "if you win category": 5) If you win, this will be your first victory over a #1 team. Take some advice from a fan who's been there, done that. Climb the highest tree and shout "We're number one". Of course, you will have to wait until you get home on Sunday because there are no trees in Lubbock. 6) If you win, do not chant "OVERRATED". Fans of Tier 3 schools make this mistake all the time. By saying your opponent is overrated, you diminish what you just accomplished. I know the Transitive Property isn't taught at Tech, but if you think real hard on it, you'll probably understand. (Maybe I shouldn't force punting, defense and the Transitive Property on you all at once.) 7) If you win, you have a lot to be happy for. This is progress. All you need to do is win every game between now and 2035 against us, and you will have the lead in the all-time series. I would say that the momentum gained from winning today would make that a certainty.
And finally, let's put our differences aside... 8) Whoever wins this game, we can both sit back and laugh at the train wreck that is A&M. They think they are so clever transposing our acronyms, calling us TU and you TT, but deep down inside, it absolutely kills them that the biggest intrastate game in Texas involves their biggest rival and a team whose existence they don't recognize, even though The Yosemite Sams have beaten the sheepshaggers 11 out of the past 14 years.
Good luck. Whatever happens tonight, a very good team will lose. It should be a battle.
I still stand by every statement I made. Surely you noticed that I never said UT would win. In fact, my preseason prediction was "In summary, Tech should be, at best, a slight favorite to beat UT in Lubbock. I'd take Tech at even money in the heads-up game. But, I would still bet on UT to finish ahead of Tech in the conference and in the final AP rankings."
So, I actually said that I'd take Tech at even money.
Ahhh, fees good to be right all the time.
I don't think I'll get any responses on Monday because Tech grads struggle with reading/writing!
1) "Last Time ESPN comes to Lubbock": WRONG, coming back this weekend. 3) Punter: If I recall, Tech punted on their first possession and pinned you on the 1 yard line - and UT's first play netted -2 yards. Not sure Tech really needed to punt many more times as the Texas Defense gave up 31 first downs and more than 500 yards. 4) Defense and Orakpo: Think the team with the better defense won. Orakpo was injured. 6) Transitive property doesn't really work in this case. Tech believes they are the better team, you cannot be ranked higher than #1, therefore UT was overrated. 7) I guess you can hang your hat on that, but most everyone else is more concerned with the relevant history (who is better now). I care more about the win Saturday night than the all-time series.
So, if we condense what is left, your letter now reads, "UT comes to a tree-less Lubbock every two years where we can all laugh at the aggies."
My bad, regarding your point #2: I had misheard Herbstreit on ESPN this morning, thought he said GameDay was back in Lubbock, but he said that HE was going back to do the coverage for ABC national evening broadcast.