3 Essential Keys to Victory: UCA

The Red Raiders are heavily favored over the Bears, but accomplishing these three keys sure would make like easier. Texas Tech and Central Arkansas open the season 6 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

Build a large lead by halftime
This is a key for a number reasons. First off, Texas Tech wants to keep the injuries to a minimum. Another reason is getting the youngsters some experience. Perhaps the biggest reason is to just get the jitters out. If Texas Tech can get the train in motion early, this team will head to El Paso hitting on all cylinders.

Allow fewer than 100 rushing yards
Let’s face it. You are worried about the rush defense. You have every right to be worried about the rush defense. After all, during the final five games of the 2013 season, the Red Raiders struggled mightily to say the least. Texas Tech knew the run was coming all game long and still could not stop it. Central Arkansas should be a nice confidence booster. If the Bears rush for over 100 yards, Tech fans will be worried.

Limit the turnovers
It’s the first game. There will be jitters. Don’t go into meltdown mode if the Red Raiders turn the ball over in the first quarter. All 11 players on Texas Tech’s squad are human and they have emotions. The same goes for their backups. Turnovers happen in the first game. On the other hand, if they give it up too many times, Steve Campbell may have his first victory as the head coach of Central Arkansas.

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