Texas Tech shored up its thin roster at quarterback by signing one of the state’s best high school players in 2013.
Alongside fifth-ranked Baylor, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 18 Oklahoma State, it’s unranked Texas (5-2, 4-0) that can take sole possession of first place over the idle Bears with a win at home Saturday against Kansas.
Texas Tech has climbed to No. 10 in the rankings behind confident first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. The 34-year-old’s energy and enthusiasm are palpable and clearly having an effect on his unbeaten team.
In his first season as coach of the No. 20 Red Raiders, Kliff Kingsbury might equal what his former coach did in 2008, when Mike Leach had Texas Tech at 6-0.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says quarterback Baker Mayfield’s knee has no structural damage after the freshman went down in the No. 20 Red Raiders’ win at Kansas.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis knows exactly how long it will have been since the Jayhawks last won a Big 12 game when they face No. 20 Texas Tech on Saturday.
After a rash of upsets last week, Kliff Kingsbury is hopeful his Red Raiders won’t overlook Stephen F. Austin in Texas Tech’s home opener.
Baker Mayfield, the Big 12’s offensive player of the week, appeared poised throughout the Red Raiders 41-23 win at SMU last week. In the fourth quarter alone, he completed 15 of 18 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
There will be a lot of balls in the air when Texas Tech plays at SMU in a season opener Friday night.
Texas Tech will start a true freshman at quarterback to open the season, though who it is won’t be known until the offense takes the field Friday night at SMU.
Kliff Kingsbury’s hiring did more than just reunite a Texas Tech fan base still riled by the firing of the school’s winningest coach.
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has a lot of expectations ahead of him, becoming one of the youngest coaches in Division IA football at the age of 33.