Spring time means lots of home organizing, honey-do lists and cleaning out the clutter. You have many to-do lists, and so do we.
We made our’s for Texas Tech athletics and what we think are reasonable goals for 2014. First up: Red Raider football.
1. Keep Davis Webb Healthy
Last year’s quarterback saga started with Michael Brewer’s back injury during summer workouts. From there, Tech struggled through two true freshmen starters and finally ended the roller coaster ride with just one man left standing. To avoid the same story this year, and hopefully win a couple more games, Webb must stay healthy and start the season.
2. Add Some Red Uniforms
One of Kingsbury’s first priorities last year was updated uniforms, which pleased most fans and impressed recruits. However, everyone is clamoring for a red addition of the new black, gray and white duds. After all, we are the RED Raiders, yes?
3. Beat a Former Big 12-South School, or Two
Tech football’s fall from prominence since 2008 is due mostly to losing records against former Big 12-South opponents, including five straight loses to Oklahoma State and very, very average Texas teams. This year, Tech draws Oklahoma State in Stillwater on a Thursday night, Texas and Oklahoma at home and Baylor to close out the season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (again). Three of Tech’s last four games are against the later three, which brings us to…
4. Win Games in November
Another hallmark of Tech’s resent slide is poor performance in late-season contests, namely the month of November. Since 2008, the Red Raiders are a disappointing 6-13 in November, with 11 losses to former Big 12-South opponents. This year, Tech’s four November games are against Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Baylor.
5. Finish Fourth or Higher in Big 12 Play
Tech’s conference schedule is a mixed bag. On the one hand, you get traditional powers Oklahoma and Texas at home. On the other, Tech faces the last three conference winners (Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State) away from Lubbock. Assuming wins against Kansas (home), West Virginia (home) TCU (away) and Iowa State (away), throwing in a very reasonable 1-4 against those previously mentioned opponents, that gives the Red Raiders a very respectable 5-4 conference record. In a typical season, that’s good enough for fourth place or better in the Big 12.