Game Preview: Baylor

Game Preview: Baylor

Dakota Allen Dakota Allen

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will look to extend its season Saturday when the Red Raiders return to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to face Baylor in the Texas Farm Bureau Shootout. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. from AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
 
The game will broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports 1 with Sean Kelley on the call alongside analysts AJ Hawk and Pat McAfee. Fans can also find the game on any streaming device by using the FOX Sports Go app.
 
The Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen will have the call alongside analyst John Harris, sideline reporter Chris Level and engineer Steve Pitts. The radio broadcast can also be heard on Sirius channel 108, XM channel 199 or via the TuneIn app.
 
INSIDE THE BAYLOR SERIES

Texas Tech and Baylor will face each other on the gridiron for the 77th time in history Saturday as the Red Raiders lead the all-time series at 38-37-1 after topping the Bears, 38-24, a year ago.

This will be the 10th-straight season where Texas Tech and Baylor have met in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The two schools moved their annual series to DFW in 2009 with the first game taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington while the 2010 meeting was held at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Each of the seven meetings since have taken place at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Saturday's contest will be the final game in the DFW area for the time being as the series will return to campus sites beginning in 2019.

The Red Raiders won the first ever meeting at AT&T Stadium with a 20-13 victory in 2009 but Baylor has responded with five-straight victories, its longest winning streak over Texas Tech since claiming 11-straight from 1947-1960. Tech had previously won 15-straight over the Bears until Baylor snapped that streak with a 66-42 victory in 2011.

Texas Tech has won each of the past two games in the series with a 54-35 victory in 2016 and then a 38-24 win a year ago.

Since the series moved to the DFW area in 2009, both schools are averaging over 35 points a game against each other. The Red Raiders have scored at least 35 points in 7-of-9 games during that span and at least 30 in all but one of those contests.

In the four previous seasons under Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech is averaging 587.8 yards of total offense against Baylor. The Red Raiders totaled 458 yards a-gainst Baylor in 2013 before recording 712 yards in 2014, 636 yards in 2015, 666 yards in 2016 and 337 yards in 2017.

 
TECH REGULAR-SEASON FINALES

Texas Tech heads into this weekend's tilt against Baylor with a 46-44-4 all-time record in regular-season finales, which includes a 13-9 mark during the Big 12 era (1996-present).

This is the eighth time Texas Tech and Baylor have closed the regular season against each other as the Red Raiders are 4-3 in those games. All but one of those meetings have come during the Big 12 era.

Texas Tech needed its regular-season finale a year ago in order to become bowl eligible as the Red Raiders rallied to top Texas, 27-23 in Austin. Tech was forced to overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter en route to topping the Longhorns in back-to-back trips to Austin for the first time in program history.

Prior to last season, Tech had not previously picked up its sixth victory in its regular-season finale and then advanced to a bowl since 1993 when the Red Raiders topped Houston, 58-7, at home. Tech rebounded from a 1-5 start to that season with five-straight wins to close the year and a berth in the John Hancock Bowl. Before that, the Red Raiders picked up their sixth win in the regular-season finales against Oklahoma in 1999 but did not play in a bowl game during the final season under Spike Dykes.

Texas Tech has not gone into a regular-season finale in a matchup of two five-win teams over the course of the Big 12 era (1996-present).RETURNING TO THE METROPLEX

The trip to Arlington will be special for several members of the Texas Tech program as 34 Red Raiders hail from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. This will be the second visit this season to DFW as the Red Raiders previously topped TCU, 17-14, in Fort Worth on Oct. 11.

Among the list of Red Raiders returning close to home this week are regular two-deep members Riko Jeffers, Jett Duffey, Jah'Shawn Johnson, Alan Bowman, Donta Thompson, Kisean Allen, Da'Leon Ward, SaRodorick Thompson, Connor Killian, Jack Anderson, Madison Akamnonu, Bailey Smith, Dawson Deaton, Joseph Wallace and Preston Gordon.

Among members of Texas Tech's coaching staff, both offensive line coach Brandon Jones and outside receivers coach Emmett Jones hail from nearby Dallas.

Texas Tech is no stranger to the metroplex as the Red Raiders have drawn 10,000-plus fans for spring scrimmages the last two years at The Star in Frisco, the official team headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.

 
NEWS & NOTES

Texas Tech has won each of its last four games in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with consecutive wins over Baylor (2016-17) and at TCU (2016, 2018).

A victory over Baylor would push Texas Tech into a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 standings as the Red Raiders are currently in a five-way tie at 3-5 in league play. Four of the five teams tied for fifth in the league standings right now face each other this weekend (Oklahoma State at TCU; Baylor vs. Tech).

Texas Tech is looking to become bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2012-13 campaigns when the Red Raiders played in the Meineke Texas Bowl (2012) and the Holiday Bowl (2013).

Texas Tech continues to rank among the nation's offensive leaders as the Red Raiders are third in passing offense (362.2 yards per game), 12th in total offense (497.7 yards per game) and 17th in scoring (38.5 points per game). Tech also ranks second the country in first down offense with 299.

Texas Tech has already eclipsed 5,000 yards of total offense for the 17th-consecutive season and the 18th time in program history. The Red Raiders currently have 5,475 yards of total offense this season.

Clayton Hatfield has connected on 16-of-17 field goal attempts this season, placing his .941 percentage as the highest for Tech as a team in school history if the season ended today. The current school record of 92.9 percent (13-of-14) was set in 2016 when Hatfield was a sophomore kicker.

Hatfield has connected on each of his last 12 field-goal attempts entering this weekend as he snapped his own school record with two successful tries last weekend at Iowa State. The senior leads in the FBS in field goal percentage heading into the regular-season finale.

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