The Texas Tech Red Raiders will continue their fight for bowl eligibility against the Baylor Bears. Texas Tech is 4-5, and another loss would mean they have to win out to make the postseason.
There’s another storyline at play here: Kliff Kingsbury’s job. A loss to Baylor would likely seal his fate. If the Red Raiders don’t make a bowl in 2017, a solid 60 percent of Kingsbury’s teams will have missed a bowl game.
If you think the 1-8 Baylor Bears aren’t a threat, think again. Every team is a threat to Texas Tech from here on out, the Red Raiders haven’t shown the ability to finish a game since their third game against Houston. They’ll need to find that special something they had during pre-conference play to make it to the postseason.
Find the game time, TV channel and streaming information below.
Texas Tech-Baylor game time, details
Time: 11 AM Central
Date: November 11th, 2017
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Line: Texas Tech -7.5
What TV channel is Texas Tech-Baylor on?
Texas Tech and Baylor will be broadcast on Fox Sports Network.
How can I watch Texas Tech-Baylor online?
You can watch Texas Tech-Baylor online via the Fox Sports Go app.
How can I listen to Texas Tech-Baylor on the radio?
You can listen to the Texas Tech Red Raider Sports Network at TuneIn.com, or locally (Lubbock) at Double T 97.3.
Texas Tech-Baylor preview, keys to the game
- Texas Tech has to maximize whatever fast start they get. The Red Raiders haven’t typically been great in the second half of the ridiculously long games they play. Rather than try to fight this, which hasn’t historically worked, they might want to lean in to the stereotype and just try to start as fast as possible and hang on. Come out swinging and don’t stop until the other team isn’t moving. Let the second half sort itself out. Don’t try to set up plays for the future, or rest anyone up, score 42 points in the first half, get a couple sacks, and just try to hold on to your 28 point lead. Nothing else has worked so far.
- You can’t let Baylor’s receivers out-athlete you. Texas Tech struggled with Iowa State’s tall, strong wide receivers. Now, you can expect to see a lot of Ish Wainright and Denzel Mims against the Red Raiders’ smaller defensive backs. If I’m Matt Rhule, I’m planning to get Charlie Brewer some deep throws early to throw Texas Tech off their game. This Red Raider defense is much better against the run than others have been, so a lot of the plays Baylor has burned Texas Tech on in the past won’t be there. However, Wainright on Jah’Shawn Johnson could spell bad news for Texas Tech if allowed to go unchecked.
- Don’t give Charlie Brewer easy throws. Texas Tech’s normal style is the bend but don’t break defense, but they might be better off just pressuring freshman Charlie Brewer and pressing Baylor’s wideouts. See how the young guy handles an extremely aggressive defense. Against the Longhorns Brewer did fine, but West Virginia’s blitzing slowed him down considerably. You have to be willing to gamble to win games. Keep it controlled, don’t go over aggressive, but know when to pressure the youth of Baylor’s offense.
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