Texas Tech football has played, but never beaten, these teams

The Texas Tech football program has been playing football since 1925. And while the Red Raiders have seen a lot of success, there are still some teams they’ve yet to beat.

Texas Tech runs out before the game against UCF, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Texas Tech runs out before the game against UCF, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Jones AT&T Stadium. / Annie Rice/Avalanche-Journal / USA TODAY
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Texas Tech vs. the S.E.C.

Team

Record

Alabama

0-1-0

The 2006 Cotton Bowl will always be a game that Texas Tech fans remember as one that should not have been a loss. Not only was Alabama awarded a first-half TD on a play where their wide receiver had a knee on the ground as he caught the ball (this was before instant replay was part of the game) but on the game's final play, the Tide kicked the ugliest field goal in college football history to win 13-10. It was a disappointing end to a 9-3 season for the Red Raiders.

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Georgia

0-3-0

Texas Tech has faced the Georgia Bulldogs three times but has yet to come up with a win. In 1964, the teams played in the Sun Bowl, a 7-0 UGA triumph. In 1993, the Red Raiders went to Athens, Georgia to face the Dogs and they left with a 52-37 win. Then, in 1996, Tech nearly stunned Georgia on its home field but fell short 15-12.

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Vanderbilt

0-0-1

Vanderbilt isn't a college football power like Bama and Georgia but it is a program that Tech's never beaten. The only time the programs have played was in the 1974 Peach Bowl in Atlanta. That day, the teams battled to what had to be a thrilling 6-6 tie in front of just under 32,000 fans.

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LSU

0-3-0

Another S.E.C. power that Tech has yet to defeat is LSU. The two programs first met in 1954, a 20-13 LSU triumph in Baton Rogue. Then, in 1957, LSU won 19-14 in Lubbock. More recently, the teams met in the 2015 Texas Bowl, a 56-27 Tiger triumph.