Insights on the 2024 Texas Tech football schedule

Now that the 2024 Texas Tech football schedule has been released, let's look at some of the intriguing aspects of what awaits the Red Raiders this fall.

UCF v Texas Tech
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Prime Time comes to Texas Tech late the season

Those wanting to see Deion Sanders and his traveling circus will get their chance on November 9, the second-to-last home game of the year. That will certainly be the marquee game of the season and it arrives just after the start of the college hoops season giving the university a chance to have another showcase weekend if it can work out a Thursday or Friday home game for Grant McCasland's team.

No one knows what to make of Colorado this season. Last year, they were an abject failure going 4-8 overall and just 1-8 in the PAC-12.

However, the Buffs hit the transfer portal hard and hauled in the No. 5 transfer class according to the current 247Sports.com rankings. Will that be enough to get them back to respectability in year two of the Coach Prime experiment?

Frankly, it would have been better for Tech to play Colorado earlier in the season when all the new pieces were still figuring out how to gel. Instead, by the time they come to Lubbock, they will have had nine games to work out the kinks and they could be firing on all cylinders.

Of course, that late into the season, there is no telling how a game will play out. For instance, by then, injuries will have decimated some teams. Others will have lost the stomach for the fight due to earlier losses that took them out of contention for the league crown. Meanwhile, some programs like Oklahoma State and Kansas State tend to play better later in the season than they do in September.

Last year, Colorado was horrendous after September. In fact, they lost their last six games, including a 0-4 mark in November. Hopefully they will be on the same trajectory when they come to Lubbock in 2024.