It's no secret Texas Tech is ushering in an exciting new era of football under the guidance of Kliff Kingsbury.
There's a new giant HD video board sitting above the north end zone and new uniforms have the team and fans giddy for a new season.
Meanwhile, on the field, Tech returns several key players from an 8-5 season a year ago, highlighted by a bowl victory over Minnesota. It touts four players on the preseason All-Big 12 squad and has a new look coaching staff, highlighted by the brilliant offensive mind of Kingsbury who has been hugely successful everywhere else he's been.
There's plenty to be excited about in Red Raiderland. Unfortunately, the rest of the country has yet to receive the memo.
Texas Tech enters the 2013 season unranked in the national polls and tabbed just 7th in the 10 team Big 12.
But if you think the team cares about being overlooked by the national media, you'd be quite wrong.
"I don't feel disrespected at all," Junior running back Sadale Foster said. "We didn't play very well at all times last year and people don't expect much of us. But as a young team we're just trying to get better every day and hopefully win ten games this year."
"As an underdog, the bites really hurt," Tre Porter said. "The way we look at it, nobody expects anything from us so what do we have to lose? We can just give it everything we've got."
"It's supposed to be tough (winning the Big 12 championship)," Junior Tight End Jace Amaro said. "Things like that don't happen every day. But I believe in myself and this team and that is my goal."
"They're motivated," Coach Kingsbury said. "They see where they're picked and that's good. They're excited to go out and prove people wrong."
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