Roundup: Tech offense, UT-A&M moving?

Texas Tech's spring practice only started on Friday, but there's already plenty of news coming out of Lubbock.

Most importantly, there looks like a clear leader in the quarterback race: junior Seth Doege (get used to it: it's pronounced DAY-gee, with a hard "G").

That's no big surprise. Excuse the (very true) cliché, but there's no replacement for experience, and as the oldest player in the race, he clearly has plenty over the competition, sophomore Jacob Karam and a pair of freshmen, Scotty Young and Michael Brewer.

Offensive coordinator Neal Brown told reporters after the first practice that Doege led by a decent margin. As long as he keeps doing what he's doing, I'd be surprised if he didn't win the job.

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, the Lone Star Showdown may move from its annual date on Thanksgiving to championship weekend, possibly being played alongside the in-state rivalry to the north, Bedlam.

Both sides told the Statesman they're open to the move "if it's critical to the television deal."

If I remember correctly (and usually I do), I suggested this needed to happen months ago when the league first started talking about moving games to championship weekend. The response:


Look: I get that "it's the way it's always been done." The game has been centered around Thanksgiving weekend every year since 1901 and played on Thanksgiving 63 times.

That said, there's no concrete reason it has to be. We're not talking about the Red River Rivalry, which has to be in early October to be part of the State Fair of Texas, which provides the game a uniqueness found nowhere else in college sports.

As long as the Aggies and Longhorns close their regular seasons against each other, I don't see the big deal. As cool as it is to have the game on TV on Thanksgiving night, it's still a bit inconvenient to have an on-campus game during a holiday break.

This move should happen, featuring two of the best rivalries in the Big 12 on championship weekend, giving the league plenty of relevance while the Pac-12 and Big Ten debut their championship games next season.

The Apocalypse hasn't quite arrived, Texas Tech fans. But perhaps it's close.

The shotgun is taking a few steps closer to center. The Pistol could be a bigger piece of the Texas Tech offense this year.

By 2013, Tommy Tuberville will have the triple option installed and he'll have swindled you all!

Or something like that.

Tuberville has made it clear he wants to run the ball, but that's a lot more fun when the run is effective. To do it, Tuberville wants a different kind of running game that isn't so east-west.

"We’ve got to do something a little bit downhill," Tuberville told reporters after spring practice over the weekend. “We did that a little last fall and it worked pretty good. We’re kind of looking at different things in the running game."

The Red Raiders have the backs to establish a downhill run with hard runners like Eric Stephens, Aaron Crawford and Harrison Jeffers, but it won't matter if they can't block it.

With all five starters back on the offensive line, Tech fans have to feel good about running it at least a little better than they did in 2010.