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Saturday, September 18, 2010
What to watch at Texas-Texas Tech

By David Ubben

LUBBOCK, Texas--We're about to get started here in Lubbock, where Texas is in their usual road all-whites and Texas Tech has come out in black pants and helmets with red jerseys.

Here are two quick things to keep an eye on throughout the game:

How much pressure can Texas Tech apply? Garrett Gilbert is accurate and looks very good when he has time. Like any quarterback, he won't look as good if defensive coordinator James Willis' blitz packages get to him often. As a sophomore, the gap between Gilbert with time and without time will be much wider than a more experienced quarterback. If Texas offsets that aggressiveness with an effective screen game or shovel passes and the offensive line plays well, Texas may win this convincingly. If Gilbert can't get into a rhythm, Texas Tech will win this game. Here's a story about the biggest reason Texas Tech has had success rattling the first two quarterbacks it's played so far.

A breakout game in the making? Texas freshman receiver Mike Davis caught seven passes for 104 yards last week after being held without a catch against Rice. Starting receiver John Chiles is out with a groin injury, leaving the starting job up to the first-year player. No Texas receiver has looked dominant through two games, but Davis will make a name for himself if he has a big game with the nation watching on Saturday. The wiry 6-foot-2, 183-pounder is loaded with potential, and we'll see how much of that potential turns into production in his first conference game.