Stop the run
This is the most consistent key and there is a reason why. The Red Raiders have yet to play a Power 5 conference team, much less a team who made a bowl game one season ago. Despite this, Tech has claimed victory in both games by a combined 11 points. A big reason for this is the defense allowing 222.5 rushing yards per game. Six different running backs have achieved the 40-yard mark against Tech. Two of these have hit 90-plus yards.
Texas Tech is -3 on the turnover margin. Central Arkansas picked off Davis Webb twice. UTEP recovered a fumble. Texas Tech has yet to force a turnover and the scoreboard has reflected it. Opposing teams, including an FCS team and another squad which finished 2-10 in 2013, have combined to score 61 points against the Red Raiders. Tech must force turnovers against Arkansas. The Razorbacks recovered a fumble in a road game against Auburn and stayed fairly close to the Tigers for the first half. A turnover can create a wave of momentum, particularly when a team plays at home.
Score early and often
In each of the first two games this season Tech got off to a slow start. The Red Raiders failed to draw first blood both times. In addition, Tech has been outscored in the first quarter 9-7. Against a Power 5 conference team, Tech must get off to a better start.
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