Broderick Washington Doesn’t Want to Play FCS Teams, Says Lamar Shouldn’t Have Been on the Schedule
Texas Tech has a tougher non-conference schedule than most Big 12 teams. In fact, I'd argue that Texas Tech has a tougher schedule than six other conference foes. Only TCU, OU, and Texas have a tougher schedule outright.
Schedules are built years in advance. So West Virginia didn't know Tennessee would be so down, or that a hurricane would disrupt a game against NC State, or they would have a comparable schedule to Texas Tech.
Personally, I think Texas Tech does scheduling the right way. A cupcake FCS team (Lamar), a group of 5 team (Houston), and a power 5 conference team (Ole Miss). Texas Tech defensive lineman Broderick Washington disagrees.
"Honestly, I feel like they shouldn't have been on the schedule," Washington said during a press conference at Texas Tech campus Tuesday afternoon.
Washington explained that playing three "hard" teams before heading to conference is a better way to find out how the team's playing -- and what needs to be improved.
I totally get the sentiment. There wasn't much gained from playing Lamar on Texas Tech's end, other than the fact that it's a glorified scrimmage that gets guys who normally wouldn't get live game reps some live playing time. The problem with the Lamar game is that it came after playing an Ole Miss team dominated Texas Tech physically. The Lamar game didn't provide much opportunity to fix real problems that Texas Tech faces in 2018.
A week one Lamar game would have been better received, but would it be worth it? What do you think about scheduling teams like Lamar for Texas Tech? Is it worth it to grab a guaranteed win on the schedule? Is a scrimmage only productive in week 1? Sound off in the poll below.
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