You're counting down the days, I'm sure. We're so close, and yet so far from the season's opening weekend. I can't wait for it, and I'm sure every player in the Big 12 can't either. So, despite being a bit far off, we'll take a look at each team's opener, inspired by our friends over at the Big Ten blog.
We started this series at the top of the alphabet, and it's time for the Red Raiders.
Week 1 Opponent: Texas State
Coach: Dennis Franchione, first year
2010 record: 4-7 (1-6, Southland)
Returning starters: 18 (seven offense, nine defense, two specialists)
About the Bobcats: This season begins the second go-around for Franchione in San Marcos. He was the coach there in 1990 and 1991 back when it was called Southwest Texas State, but after stops at Alabama and Texas A&M in the last decade, followed by three seasons away from the sideline, he's back with the Bobcats.
He inherits a team with Tyler Arndt at quarterback, who threw for 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He'll be needed since the Bobcats' running game has big question marks. Quarterback Tim Hawkins played quite a bit as well, rushing for 394 yards and two scores on 75 carries. He also threw for 694 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Dexter Imade, last year's second-leading rusher with 433 yards, won't be suiting up after tearing his ACL. The team's leading rusher, Karrington Bush, exhausted his eligibility, and the Bobcats don't have an experienced replacement.
Texas Tech will be able to put up big points, and this is an FCS team. The Bobcats will likely have problems keeping this one close in Lubbock.
Random factoid: Texas State's university seal is a five-point star. Atop Jackson Hall on Texas State's highest hill, the star is lit up when any Bobcats team wins, home or away.
Totally unscientific percentage chance Texas Tech wins: 93 percent. You never really know with first-year quarterbacks, but even with loads of turnovers, this one won't be close. It's more about Seth Doege getting comfortable than the Red Raiders really competing. Don't expect to see that star lit up on Sept. 3.
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