Game-By-Game Predictions for Texas Tech's 2014 Season
The team stood at 7-0 and was putting up points in a hurry. But then, an October 26 trip to Norman to take on Oklahoma changed everything.
It didn't surprise many people when the Red Raiders lost that game against the Sooners. And a 38-30 decision was nothing to hang your head over. But it was what happened after that really exposed the weaknesses of Kliff Kingsbury's squad.
Texas Tech ran into a brutal schedule in the second half of the season, and its defense simply couldn't handle what was being thrown its way. The team gave up 49 points or more in three of the final four games, which resulted in a five-game losing streak to end the regular season.
The Red Raiders will look to put last year's late-season collapse behind them and focus on navigating another difficult Big 12 slate.
Will Kingsbury have his team better prepared to handle the Big 12's elite next season? Let's run through the schedule and make some predictions as to how things will play out in Lubbock.
8/30/14 - vs. Central Arkansas (WIN)
Few things in life are guaranteed. Texas Tech beating Central Arkansas is one of those things.
9/6/14 - at UTEP (WIN)
This could be a tad bit more difficult than most expect it to be. But the truth of the matter is that the Red Raiders are better overall and will take care of business in El Paso.
9/13/14 - vs. Arkansas (LOSS)
There's a good chance that this result will surprise a lot of people. Arkansas will likely still finish at the bottom of the SEC West, but the Razorbacks are going to be a whole lot better. This should be a fun game, and I see Arkansas stealing this one on the road.
9/25/14 - at Oklahoma State (LOSS)
After a 2-0 start, it's onto 2-2 now for the Red Raiders. Oklahoma State may lag just behind Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas in the Big 12 race, but it'll have enough to take care of Texas Tech.
10/4/14 - at Kansas State (LOSS)
The Wildcats hammered the Red Raiders last season in Lubbock. Will Texas Tech return the favor in Manhattan? I don't think so. Kansas State is going to be tough as usual at home, which could mean trouble for Kingsbury's team.
10/11/14 - vs. West Virginia (WIN)
This will be a much-needed game after a challenging stretch. Who knows when the Mountaineers will get back on track as a consistent winner, but it's hard to see that being this year.
10/18/14 - vs. Kansas (WIN)
It'll be another long season for the Jayhawks, as Kansas just doesn't have the depth to compete on a regular basis in the Big 12. The Red Raiders will have a bit of momentum after the West Virginia win, so this should be a comfortable victory.
10/25/14 - at TCU (WIN)
These two teams will probably be competing for that fifth or sixth spot in the conference, so it really could go either way. TCU should rebound nicely after a dreadful 2013 season, but I'll take Texas Tech to pick up its first solid road win of the season.
11/1/14 - vs. Texas (LOSS)
Like last season, the late-season schedule does Texas Tech no favors. Texas will boast one of the most talented rosters in the conference (and maybe the country, and that doesn't bode well for the Red Raiders in this spot.
11/15/14 - vs. Oklahoma (LOSS)
The only positive during this part of the schedule is that Texas and Oklahoma have to come to Lubbock. It wouldn't matter where this game was, because the Sooners are set to run the table in the regular season and compete for a national title. Texas Tech is not.
11/22/14 - at Iowa State (WIN)
Texas Tech essentially has to win this game to go bowling due to its opponent in the regular season finale. Iowa State will be better but not good enough to stop the Red Raiders from putting on their bowling shoes.
11/29/14 - vs. Baylor (LOSS)
And this is why that Iowa State win was needed. Given how awesome Baylor's offense should be, the Red Raiders better strive to keep the Bears under 70. Baylor wins in a rout.
Texas Tech 2014 Projected Record : 6-6 (4-5)
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