Posted by Chip Patterson
Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville will be looking for any kind of competitive advantage against No. 12 Missouri on Saturday night in Lubbock. The Tigers will come in hungry after having their undefeated season spoiled at the hands of a 31-17 loss to Nebraska a week ago. Tuberville has re-opened the quarterback competition between Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield this week in practice, and he has decided the starter will not be announced until just before kickoff in Jones AT&T Stadium.
Tuberville said after practice on Wednesday that while he will not announce who gets the start, fans can expect to see both quarterbacks against the Tigers. He also reiterated that he believes the decision will not give the Red Raiders a competitive advantage against the Missouri defense.
"It's the same offense," Tuberville said. "It's like last week when we went into that game and it didn't really make any difference. (Texas A&M) ran the same offense with (Ryan) Tannehill that they did with the other guy. You can't make a lot of changes but you can put one or two things in."
It has not been the easiest first year for Tuberville in Lubbock. Known for his tenacious defenses in his time at Auburn, Tuberville has to be frustrated with a defensive unit that ranks 113 in the nation in total defense - giving up 449.5 yards per game. Missouri's offense was thwarted by Nebraska's defense, but will likely have no problem getting back in rhythm against the Red Raiders. In order for Tech to have a chance, they will need (insert QB name here) to get the ball down the field to keep up with Blaine Gabbert and the Tigers.