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Big 12 football: Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville can't afford loss to Texas State

by Berry Tramel Published: September 7, 2012

When the Longhorn Network showed interest this summer in televising Texas State's home game against Texas Tech, the Red Raiders threatened to cancel the series. ESPN, which runs the Longhorn Network, backed down.

Too bad for Tech and Tommy Tuberville. Not playing this game now seems like a good idea. Scheduled as a favor to the Bobcats, who are playing their first season of Division I-A, and to pad Tech's win total, Texas State grew fangs last week, winning 30-13 at Houston. Suddenly, a trip to San Marcos doesn't seem so cushy.

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville can ill afford a loss to fledgling major college program, one coached by Texas A&M castoff Dennis Franchione. Tuberville is 13-12 in two seasons at Tech, and improvement is necessary to quiet the critics in Lubbock. A loss to Texas State would approach catastrophe for Tuberville.