August 29, 2023 |
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Red Raiders head coach Joey McGuire will leave his Corvette parked in the garage in Lubbock when comes to Laramie this week. The Red Raiders will touch down in Wyoming on Thursday, leaving themselves 48-plus hours to acclimate to the elevation before the 5:30 kickoff Saturday evening.
Expectations are running high for the Raiders. One week after Wyoming, Texas Tech faces Number 15 Oregon. The stakes are high for McGuire, who has spent his entire coaching career in Texas. During his first 23 years, he skippered high school teams before stepping up to the college level, first at Baylor and now with the Red Raiders.
McGuire has never been to Wyoming, and he said he’s looking forward to his first trip here.
At 3,202 feet, Lubbock sits at less than half the elevation of Laramie. The reputation of Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl was on his mind yesterday, as well.
Saturday’s matchup will be a big test for Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough, who led Oregon to the 2020 Pac-12 championship and an appearance at the Fiesta Bowl. Injuries have plagued the QB since the ‘Rona year, though.
Wyoming’s head coach said running back Harrison Waylee will not make his UW debut Saturday. The running back from Northern Illinois may make his first appearance as a Cowboy in week 2 or 3, as he continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery.
UW leads the all-time series against Texas 3-2, including a 22-17 victory in 1991 at War Memorial Stadium, which was the Red Raiders’ only previous trip to Laramie.