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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Florida International Game Day Links

Game #3 is here.

Dallas Morning News | Not a lot of spread for Texas Tech going into game against Florida International

Florida International (1-1) faces that task Saturday night in the final non-conference game for the Red Raiders, who held on for a 28-22 win over Stephen F. Austin in their home opener last week.

Ezukanma has 13 catches for 323 yards, with six plays of at least 30 yards; three of those are at least 50. His 161.5 yards per game are more than twice that of the Big 12′s second-leading receiver.

“That’s a guy that you’ve got to make sure that somehow, some way you’ve got somebody on him,” FIU coach Butch Davis said. “And the thing that makes it very, very difficult is that they do have a very good, physical, strong, powerful running back.”

Dallas Morning News’ Ryan Mainville | Texas Tech prediction: Red Raiders look to address mistakes in final non-conference contest

Prediction
If this game would’ve been played after the Houston contest, I wouldn’t have hesitated to predicate a 25+ point victory for Texas Tech. But after the shakiness against Stephen F. Austin, I will gladly be more conservative. Even so, Texas Tech is clearly the better team. They need to protect the football and develop a rhythm on offense, but they’re still good enough to win this game. Containing Price will be the key factor in how close this game ends up being, but nonetheless, Texas Tech should end its non-conference slate undefeated.

Score: Texas Tech 38, FIU 20

Midland Reporter-Telegra’s Oscar LeRoy | LEROY: Texas Tech hopes SFA was a wake-up call for FIU

FIU certainly won’t be a pushover as the Panthers come averaging just a half point less than the Red Raiders at 32.5 per game and are holding opponents to 16.5 points per contest.

“They are a good team,” Wells said. “We know they beat Miami two years ago. They’re very confident, they’re athletic, they’re well coached and they’re very sound with what they do on special teams. We have a lot of respect for them. They have our attention, I can promise you that. It’s probably heightened because of the way we played on offense and special teams on Saturday night.”

Texas Tech | Texas Tech Partners With Brandr Group for Group Licensing

Texas Tech Athletics announced Friday it has entered a group licensing agreement for the university’s student-athletes with The Brandr Group (TBG). The new agreement is part of Texas Tech’s Beyond Verified program that is designed to build and safeguard each student-athlete’s personal brand.

As part of the agreement, current and former Texas Tech student-athletes across all 17 intercollegiate sports will have the opportunity to profit off their NIL using Texas Tech’s official trademarks and logos as part of a group licensing program with TBG.

“On July 1, the collegiate athletics landscape shifted and expanded the opportunities for our student-athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “Texas Tech recruits the best and brightest student-athletes in the country and further aligning NIL with Texas Tech’s logos and trademarks is the culmination of the opportunities afforded in this new environment.”

RedRaiderSports’ Matt Wells | What’s on their mind? Five minutes with Colin Schooler

Schooler talked about what it’s going to take for the Red Raiders to stop FIU running back D’Vonte Price:
“Well they have a good offensive line to start with before we even talk about the back. A big athletic o-line which helps create good opportunities for a good running back to make plays. He’s a big running back as it is, 6’3”, 215lbs, and he runs behind his pads too. He’s one of those guys that gets the forward lean and he’s able to make guys miss and create big plays.”

“Those two going together makes their run game pretty good. We just have to do a good job at tackling. We’re not just gonna be able to throw our bodies into him and bring him down easily. I feel like swarm tackling, keeping our feet moving, and driving all the way into the ground is going to be a focal point this week.”

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