July 17, 2013

Harrell talks about biggest game

Every game has to be played, but when Tech received its schedule it seemed likely a 2000s power in Texas and the Red Raiders were on a crash course.

The Longhorns had to get past a fellow power in Oklahoma led by the elite Sam Bradford at quarterback, a Missouri team that was banging on the door to join the top tier of Big 12 competition and an Oklahoma State squad that was beginning to realize its program potential as a league power.

Tech? It had Eastern Washington, Nevada, SMU, Massachusetts, Kansas State, Nebraska Texas A&M and Kansas before meeting for a potential 'message game.' The message being the Red Raiders hopscotched other opponents originally in a better position to join Texas and Oklahoma at the top on a yearly basis.

If both teams could enter the game undefeated and the Red Raiders won that particular game, it symbolized seven years of mostly incremental improvements were over and the team could be a National Championship contender despite knocks on the program from ESPN talking heads.

There were some scares for both teams along the way, but it set up perfectly.

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