• Kansas Jayhawks (1-8 overall, 0-6 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3 overall, 3-3 Big 12) •
— 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas —
Opening Las Vegas Line: Texas Tech -24
Current Las Vegas Line: Texas Tech -25
Three and out, with Texas Tech...
After ripping off an impressive streak of victories and rising to 14th in the national polls, Texas Tech has dropped two straight, including a loss to Kansas State and last week’s late loss to Texas.
Although the Red Raiders have a 24-hour rule for how they can handle wins and losses, TTU quarterback Seth Doege said earlier this week that the loss to the Longhorns had lingered a little bit because it came down to the wire and it was the last chance for the seniors to top Texas.
“The fact that we were so close to winning the game,” Doege said when asked what hurt the most. “We had great opportunities to score touchdowns and we didn’t. We had to settle for field goals and that’s what hurt.”
Although the Red Raiders have dropped two straight, their triple-overtime victory over TCU three weeks ago made them bowl eligible for the second time in head coach Tommy Tuberville’s three seasons.
Tuberville, who was hired to replace the fired Mike Leach following the 2009 season led the Red Raiders to a bowl game victory in 2010, making him just the fifth head coach in NCAA history to win a bowl game at three different schools.
Tech had its Big 12 record 18-year bowl streak snapped last season after finishing 5-7.
When these two head coaches were at their previous schools, KU coach Charlie Weis and had the pleasure of traveling overseas with Tuberville and three other college football coaches to visit troops serving in the military.
In addition to getting a chance to see different parts of the world, Weis got the chance to get to know Tuberville on a personal level. The two hit it off and Weis still thinks very highly of the third-year Texas Tech coach to this day. Tuesday, at his regular news conference, Weis shared a story from the trip.
“He was the head coach at Auburn and they let him go, which was probably one of their biggest mistakes ever,” Weis said. “But their big game is Alabama. We ran into probably 15,000 troops in the time we were there and any time somebody was either an Alabama fan or an Auburn fan, he’d hold up the number six (six fingers), because it had been six times in a row that Auburn had beaten Alabama. So somebody says, ‘Roll Tide,’ and he’d sit there and put up the six. It was awesome. It was absolutely awesome. But the trip over there was awful. We were on one of those cargo planes that they threw some seats in that there was really no heat or no air conditioning, so it was either, 100 degrees, because they were piping in heat or it was 20 below zero. It was awful, but it was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life, because in that time there I saw more things, more spirit, more teamwork and more camaraderie than you ever could imagine. But I think that six with the Auburn-Alabama thing, that would crack me up every time I’d see him do it. And he probably did it about 1,000 times in the time we were there.”
Texas Tech leads the all-time series between these two, 12-1. That includes a stretch of five straight victories and a 5-1 advantage in games played in Lubbock.
Despite falling behind by double digits early, Tech topped KU, 45-34, during last season’s Homecoming game in Lawrence.
KU’s last and only victory in the series came in 2001, when KU prevailed 34-31 in an overtime game in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders are 8-1 against Kansas as members of the Big 12.