Texas Tech will be at a quarterback disadvantage Friday night when it plays at SMU. And the same would be true even if assumed Tech starter Michael Brewer wasn't injured.
While the Red Raiders open the Kliff Kingsbury era by using true freshmen Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield, the Mustangs counter with one of college football's graybeards.
Garrett Gilbert. Yep, the same Garrett Gilbert who quarterbacked Texas most of the 2009 national title game after Colt McCoy's injury and the same Garrett Gilbert who struggled as UT went 5-7 in 2010. Gilbert transferred when it became clear he had fallen out of Mack Brown's plans.
Now Gilbert is a fifth-year senior, and SMU coach June Jones said he expects Gilbert to have a great season and make the NFL.
“When you have consistency at that position, obviously that one person makes it a little easier to win,” Jones said. “And I think that will show up this year. My quarterback is very, very interesting … I think what happened at Texas was unfortunate. But at the same time, it's a plus for him that he's involved at SMU now and doing what he's doing.”
SMU went 7-6 last season and was swept by three former Southwest Conference foes (Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU), and Gilbert was up to his old tricks of throwing interceptions – 15, to go with 15 touchdowns. That means Gilbert has 38 career interceptions and just 28 career TD passes.
But clearly, SMU has the QB edge against Tech. Let's go with the Mustangs in the upset.