2014 Schedule: Tough but Fair

The 2014 schedule could serve as a big payoff for Texas Tech fans. After a mediocre home schedule in 2013, the Red Raiders will host Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia in games that are sure to compete for attendance records. Tech could also do some damage in the Big 12 in October.

Texas Tech 2014 Schedule
Aug 30vs Central ArkansasTied, 0-0
Sep 6at UTEPTech leads, 14-6-1
Sep 13vs ArkansasArkanas leads, 28-7
Sep 20vs OPEN
Sep 25at *Oklahoma StateTech leads, 21-17-3
Oct 4at *Kansas StateTech leads, 8-5
Oct 11vs *West VirginiaTech leads, 2-1
Oct 18vs *KansasTech leads, 14-1
Oct 25at TCUTech leads, 30-23-3
Nov 1vs *TexasTexas leads, 47-15
Nov 8vs OPEN
Nov 15vs *OklahomaOklahoma leads, 15-6
Nov 22at *Iowa StateTech leads, 9-3
Nov 29at *Baylor (Arlington, TX)Tech leads, 36-34
Dec 6vs OPEN

Everyone knew Texas Tech was going to host several marquee opponents in 2014 but the schedule, released Tuesday, sets up well for the Red Raiders on paper.

Home games against Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia are sure to compete for new attendance records.

Two of the Red Raiders' three open dates appear to be perfectly timed as the first gives Tech a break after playing SEC opponent Arkansas and before opening Big 12 play on the road against Oklahoma State, while the second comes in November between what is sure to be tough contests against Texas and Oklahoma.

The game against Arkansas, in the first of a home and home series against their former Southwest Conference Foes, is a healthy retreat from Tech's usual non-conference patsies and will be a game the fan base will look forward to.

I also like how the Red Raiders will open the season against Central Arkansas and UTEP, before taking on the Razorbacks. Central Arkansas, a FCS school and the renewed "rivalry" with UTEP should serve as good warm-ups. Of course a loss to either one could be catastrophic, too.

The Big 12 opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 25 is a Thursday game, which will give Texas Tech a large TV audience to possibly avenge five years of futility against Oklahoma State.

The Red Raiders could do some serious damage in October, with a viable opportunity to sweep the month, but it won't be easy. Tech starts the month at Kansas State, which is never easy, but doable. Then the Red Raiders host West Virginia, who is always far less formidable away from Morgantown. Next up is Kansas at home, followed by a trip to Fort Worth to take on TCU.

Like I said it won't be easy to sweep October, but by no means unattainable.

Then of course comes November, a month Texas Tech fans have come to dread as of late. But, there is hope as they only play one true road game.

The Red Raiders host Texas on Nov. 1, a Halloween game, probably at night before a raucous sellout crowd. Then the open date, before Tech hosts Oklahoma on Nov. 15.

Tech will hit the road for what could be a challenging game against Iowa State considering the emotions of the previous two games and the finale, which is against Baylor, and will once again be at Jerry World in Arlington.

Overall, it's a tough, but fair schedule full of opportunities for Texas Tech.

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