Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Looking to remain undefeated on the season, the Texas Tech Red Raiders will open Big 12 Conference action this Saturday in Lawrence when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. The Red Raiders opened the year by blasting Texas State and New Mexico State by a combined score of 109-23. However, the team had a much tougher challenge last week against Nevada, needing a touchdown in the final minute to grab a narrow one-point win. It was the sixth consecutive win for Texas Tech dating back to last season, marking the best run for the program since winning 12 in a row from 2007 to 2008.
The Jayhawks also started the new season with back-to-back wins, but unlike Texas Tech, the road to those victories was not easy. Kansas surrendered 24 points in a win over McNeese State and only defeated Northern Illinois by three points at home (45-42). Kansas was eventually done in by its lack of defense last time out, as Georgia Tech clobbered the Jayhawks, 66-24.The Jayhawks were idle this past weekend. Kansas is just 2-14 in Big 12 action over the last two seasons, so it will be interesting to see if the team can get it together and be competitive in 2011.
Texas Tech has dominated Kansas in this relatively young series, winning 11 of the 12 matchups. The lone win for the Jayhawks came back in 2001, as they narrowly defeated the Red Raiders, 34-31, in overtime. However, since that win, Texas Tech has captured the last four meetings, including a 42-21 decision back in 2009.