When Texas Tech and Arizona State tangle in the Holiday Bowl on December 30th, they will be doing so for only the 2nd time in history. It’s kind of hard to write a history preview off of only one game so we are going to switch it up just a bit this time.
Texas Tech traveled to Arizona State in 1999, with the Sun Devils prevailing 31-13 in Spike Dykes last season as the Red Raiders’ Head Coach.
Arizona State began football in 1896, and has since compiled a school record of 579-364-24. The Red Raiders began playing football in 1925 and have compiled a record of 539-415-32. Advantage? Arizona State is 19th in the NCAA in career wins, but they had a 29 year head start over Tech and only have 40 wins to show for it. If you took out Arizona States record before 1925, they only have 13 more wins than Texas Tech all-time. Arizona State
The Red Raiders will be playing in their 36th bowl game, good for 17th all time. The Sun Devils will be making their 27th appearance in a bowl game. Advantage? The Red Raiders have been bowl eligible 20 out of the last 21 years. Texas Tech
Offensively, the Red Raiders averaged 513 yards per game this season, good for 9th in the country. Texas Tech was also 2nd in the country in passing yards per game, at 392 yards a game. Arizona State ranked 29th in the nation, averaging 460 yards per game, 28th in passing and 47th in rushing. Advantage? Texas Tech
Defensively, the Red Raiders finished the season 82nd in the nation giving up 419 yards per game. Arizona State finished 31st, giving up 363 yards per game. Advantage? Arizona State
Advantage? Arizona State ended the season winning 7 in a row before losing in the Pac 12 Championship game to Stanford. Texas Tech ended the season with 5 straight losses as teams figured out they could rush the ball all over the Red Raider defense. In a tie breaker, Arizona State has the overall advantage 3-2.