View from the press box: Red Raiders aiming for Ole Miss

Chad Conine

Texas Tech opens with a marquee nonconference matchup and recent history suggests it needs a victory.

The start of college football preseason practice brings with it a set of expectations. For the next four weeks, college teams will lay the foundation for the upcoming season, searching for a fit between the returning players and new faces.

College football is unique. In the NFL, the teams can work toward preseason games and focus on those measuring points during the long grueling days of preseason practice. Similarly, high school football teams work around scrimmages versus other schools. But college players and coaches will have one opponent in mind throughout August.

For Texas Tech, that means looking forward to Ole Miss.

The Red Raiders have picked some pretty good fights in nonconference play lately. They split home-and-home series with Arkansas and Arizona State dating back to 2014 and now they’re opening this campaign with a SEC foe at a neutral location.

Texas Tech will face Ole Miss at NRG Stadium in Houston in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

This is a huge game for the Red Raiders and not just because they’ll find out how their new QB stacks up – right now it’s a three-man race between junior McLane Carter, sophomore Jett Duffey and freshman Alan Bowman to be the starter. Texas Tech’s result in its marquee nonconference matchup the last four seasons have correlated with whether or not it went bowling. The Red Raiders won at Arkansas in 2015 and defeated Arizona State in 2017 and went to bowls both seasons. But they lost to the Razorbacks and Sun Devils in 2014 and 2016 respectively and fell short of the postseason.