Texas Tech famously made plenty of noise over the offseason as players and coaches made known their bold aspirations for the team. One Texas Tech player had the Red Raiders on the verge of becoming one of college football’s elite programs.
Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire one-upped his safety and put a timeline on his prediction. He called his shot and made his expectations known in mid-June.
“If you ask any of our kids, they’re gonna tell you this: ‘We’ll win the Big 12 before Texas leaves the Big 12. So, obviously, our plan is to win it this year.”
The season has not gone as McGuire planned as his Red Raiders are 6-5 and not in Big 12 title contention. His team’s hated rival is in the title race, though. The Texas Longhorns have already secured a 10-win season and have an outside shot at a playoff berth.
The Longhorns should undoubtedly be motivated for the game, and certainly McGuire will be hungry for a win of his own. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely the Raiders will want this one as badly as the Big 12 title contending home team wants it.
Texas will look to punctuate its double-digit win season with a win over Texas Tech on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC.