There is considerable excitement surrounding several games on Texas Tech's 2015 schedule, starting with the season opener against Sam Houston State 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
A trip to Fayetteville, back-to-back matchups against in-state rivals TCU and Baylor, a Halloween matchup against Oklahoma State and a Thanksgiving battle in Austin against Texas all pop off the screen when looking at the Red Raiders' schedule, but are any of them must wins?
Texas Tech is looking to bounce back from last season and at the very least return to a bowl game, but in order to do that and accomplish many of its other goals the Red Raiders must win its matchup against Kansas State on Nov. 14.
The Wildcats may not be the sexiest date but they are a squad which has owned the Red Raiders recently after Texas Tech dominated the series not too long ago. The Red Raiders won five-straight from 2001-2009, but K-State has won the past four by an average margin of 23.2 points.
Tech also wants to make "The Jones" the intimidating venue it once was, but in order to do that it has to start winning there again. The Red Raiders are just 6-6 at home under head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Improving its play in November is another must for this program if it wants to take a big step up in the Big 12 pecking order after winning just one November game in eight tries the past two seasons.
A victory over a Kansas State squad who is replacing several star players from a season ago would help Texas Tech in many of these areas and is a must for the Red Raiders.