Nov 2, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; A general overview of Jones AT&T Stadium during the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

What Is A Successful Season In 2014?

Each year is different when it comes to expectations in college football. Last year, when the Red Raiders started the season 7-0, Tech fans were expecting to challenge for the Big 12 championship as well as a 10-win season. When the Red Raider faltered during the final five regular season games, expectations changed in a big way with each loss. Then, after the Holiday Bowl upset against Arizona State, expectations for the 2014 season were raised.

I asked each staff member a (not so) simple questions about the 2014 season: what do the Red Raiders need to do in order for this season to be considered a success?

Weston: To me, a successful 2014 season could mean many things. Most betting sites and college football writers (as usual) are predicting that the Red Raiders win somewhere around seven wins. While that wouldn’t be a disaster by any means, it wouldn’t be a success either. While total wins are always a good indicator of where your program is heading, being able to overcome slumps against certain teams is too. Tech has struggled mightily against Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor and Kansas State over the past four years, the Red Raiders are 1-14 against those four schools, with the lone win coming against Baylor in 2010. To me, eight regular season wins would be a success, but the Red Raiders will need to beat a few of the teams they’ve struggled with recently. Anything less than seven would be a failure, anything more than eight would be a nice surprise. Individual success from the quarterback and defensive line positions will decide how successful the Red Raiders are this year.

Robert: Big 12 champs is the goal for coaches and players this year, but unfortunately I just don’t think they’re going to have enough muscle on defense to get it done. I see a successful season in the development of young defensive talent and improvement on offense. At least draw even with the turnover margin and slow down rushing attacks. It will show two things: one, that this coaching staff knows how to recruit talent and transfer it to the field. Two, that (with a little luck) 2015 could definitely be the year Tech finally breaks through and wins a conference title.

Louis: Can’t ask for a better home schedule with Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma visiting Lubbock this fall. Going 2-1 against those teams is the only acceptable outcome. Beating TCU on the road is important from a recruiting standpoint in the Metroplex. Defense must show improvement, even in losses. Texas Tech likely won’t be favored against Oklahoma State, Kansas State or Baylor, but holding them to under 30 points in a competitive game would be a positive. I expect Texas Tech to win eight regular season games, but nine would make it a successful season.

Shelby: I think eight wins would be a successful season, with stipulations. There needs to be a constant improvement – more wins, stronger defense, less sloppy mistakes on offense, less sloppy mistakes everywhere. Beating at least one of the teams who beat Tech year in and year out would be nice. I think well-rounded improvement is my idea of a successful season. 

Austin: I’m with Louis. You have to win 2/3 against Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Fan excitement is at a near unmatched peak and Texas Tech is going to have quite a few big name recruits in town for those games. Have a good showing on the field will lead to a great showing in the stands and show these recruits what The Jones should look like when they play here.

Lets hear it from you, what do you expect from the Red Raiders this year? What do you think will need to happen to have a successful season?

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