Don’t Sell on Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech

Texas Tech was blown out by the Kansas State Wildcats 49-26 on senior day in Lubbock, Texas. Early on it looked as if both teams were on pace to light up the scoreboard. With 1:26 left in the first quarter the score was 14-10 in favor of the Wildcats with each team scoring on their first two possessions. Kansas State went on a roll and added 21 more unanswered points.

Texas Tech seems to have had late season meltdowns over the last four seasons. In 2010 the Red Raiders lost three out of five games before getting two wins against FCS Weber State and Houston Cougars, which does not play in a BCS conference. This was the first sense of late season issues for the Red Raiders, which was also the first season since Mike Leach was unceremoniously fired from his duties.

The 2011 season was even worse the Red Raiders. After starting 5-2 including a 41-38 shocking upset in Norman, Oklahoma against the number three rated Sooners tragedy struck once again. The Red Raiders would lose the next five games by a combined 154 points. Only once during that stretch did this team play within seven points of the opposition and twice they didn’t score in double digits.

For the third straight season under Tommy Tuberville, the Red Raiders would falter at the end of the season.  Starting the season with a 6-1 record only losing to perennial power Oklahoma, fans were getting excited about the future of Red Raider football. This team would lose four of the remaining five games to close out the year. They would lose every game by seven points or more. Prior to the bowl game Tommy Tuberville would leave the program to join the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Once again this season under the return of Lubbock’s prodigal son Kliff Kingsbury, the Red Raiders would march out to 7-0 record. They have now lost three in a row to fall to 7-3. Their remaining schedule doesn’t look to promising with Baylor and Texas still to play. The biggest issue with this team is no depth; with all of their injuries on defense it is difficult for this team to have any consistency.  Texas Tech has been getting some good contributors through recruiting; however they need to recruit for depth not just to start.

Despite how this season has gone, Kliff Kingsbury is the key to turning this mentality that seems to be around this program around. With the emergence of Baylor and Texas A&M, recruiting in the state of Texas has gotten increasingly tougher recently. Kingsbury has personality and youth to appeal to top recruits not just in Texas but across the nation. Chalk this season up to a learning experience, but you should buy on this program moving forward with Kingsbury at the helm. At least they will compete with the Oregon Ducks for the most uniform combinations in the nation in the meantime.