TCU Football Week 10 Opponent Lookahead: Texas Tech Red Raiders

TCU Football Week 10 Opponent Lookahead: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Your TCU Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0) host the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-4, 2-3) in pursuit of their first 9-0 start since 2010. Kickoff is at 11: 00 a.m. CT/Noon Eastern from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth this Saturday, Nov. 5. FOX will broadcast the game.

What do the 2022 edition of the Red Raiders look like? We’ll get into it below.

Texas Tech Vs. TCU: Series History

The Texas Tech-TCU rivalry long predates TCU’s joining the Big 12 in 2012. The first-ever meeting between the teams came in 1926, where TCU won 28-16. The Texas Technical College Matadors, as they were called at the time, were an FBS team that was independent of TCU. TCU was part of the Southwest Conference. Four of the first five games were played in Fort Worth and TCU won all five of the first meetings from 1926-30.

The series paused after the 1930 game, but resumed in 1942 and was played nearly every year between 1942-1995. When Texas Tech joined the Southwest Conference, the rivalry became an annual conference matchup until the conference dissolved following the 1995 season.

The two teams played just twice between 1995 and 2012 while the teams played in different conferences. The series resumed again when TCU joined the Big 12.

Texas Tech leads the all-time series 32-29-3, interestingly with all three ties coming in a span of five games between 1979 and 1983.

However, since joining the Big 12, the series has been in favor of TCU. The conference series is 6-4 led by the Horned Frogs.

Texas Tech Players To Note

What a world it is in which we lead with the Texas Tech defense. At 6′ 6″, 275 pounds, senior defensive end Tyree Wilson has been a menace to opposing offenses, racking up 11.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. He’s also the team’s second-leading tackler with 51. Tony Bradford Jr has six tackles and 3.5 sacks.

While Lubbock’s defensive fronts haven’t been the dominant unit recently, this disruptive group needs to be watched.

On offense the Red Raiders are led in part by a backfield duo consisting of SaRodorick Thomson , and Tahjbrooks ,, who split carries almost evenly. They’ve combined for 955 yards and are rushing for 4.9 yards per carry. Brooks has six touchdowns, while Thompson has three. Both are capable pass catchers and combined have over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Behren Moron , has been the starter at QB for three weeks. He is currently 1-3.

Quarterback Donovan Smith came into the season as a backup, but was thrust into the starting role for a few weeks when Tyler Shough suffered a shoulder injury. Shough was back in action last week in the third quarter, down big to Baylor. This was his first action since Week 1. It’s not clear who will start for TCU, but it will be announced later in the week.

Sizing Up The Red Raiders

Just looking at their record may be a bit misleading for Texas Tech in 2022. Five of their seven games against FBS rivals were ranked at Tech’s game against them. Although the Red Raiders had a 2-3 record against these opponents, it took overtime to beat both Houston and Texas.

This isn’t your typical Red Raiders crew- gone are the Mike Leach days of the air raid and getting into 110-point shootouts. This Tech team has a solid run game and pass defense.

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There were points to be had in their two losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma State, but the team fell apart last week against Baylor, losing 45-17. Tech committed five turnovers with three different QBs throwing at most one.

The game plan for Jerry McGuire , and his crew is to be annoying and hang around. Tech is a trap game that can be used against any opponent. Although Tech doesn’t win many games, it does present a serious challenge for anyone who wants to play.

TCU are the better team on both sides. Tech has done a great job of limiting explosive passing plays, especially in their win against Texas. After nine weeks, the Red Raiders have allowed the second-fewest plays of 20 yards this season alongside Kansas State and Texas.

With the bulk of the Big 12’s explosive offenses already in Tech’s rearview mirror, it’s safe to assume that stat is sticky.

Opponent Rundown

Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Record: 4-4 (2-3 in the Big 12)

Coach: Joey McGuire (1st year, 4-4)

Previous Outcome: L, 45-17 vs. Baylor

Scoring Offense: 29.7 points per game (51st)

Scoring Defense: 32.0 points allowed per game (100th)

Texas Tech 2022 Schedule & Results

Date Opponent Result

Sept. 3

Murray State (FCS)

W, 63-10

Sept. 10

#25 Houston

W, 33-30/OT

Sept. 17

at #16 NC State

L, 27-14

Sept. 24

#22 Texas

W, 37-34/OT

Oct. 1

#25 Kansas State

L, 37-28

Oct. 8

at #7 Oklahoma State

L, 41-31

Oct. 15


Oct. 22

West Virginia

W. 48-10

Oct. 29


L, 45-17

Nov. 5

at #7 TCU

Nov. 12


Nov. 19

at Iowa State

Nov. 26


TCU vs. Texas Tech Game Info

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 11: 00 a.m. CT
  • Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, TX)
  • TV: FOX

TCU vs. Texas Tech Past Results

  • 2021: TCU 52, Texas Tech 31 (Lubbock)
  • 2020: TCU 34, Texas Tech 18 (Fort Worth)
  • 2019: TCU 33, Texas Tech 31 (Lubbock)
  • 2018: Texas Tech 17, TCU 14 (Fort Worth)
  • 2017: TCU 27, Texas Tech 3 (Lubbock)
  • 2016: Texas Tech 27, TCU 24 (Fort Worth)
  • 2015: TCU 55, Texas Tech 52 (Lubbock)
  • 2014: TCU 82, Texas Tech 27 (Fort Worth)
  • 2013: Texas Tech 20, TCU 10 (Lubbock)
  • 2012: Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 (Fort Worth)

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