The wait is over. Texas Tech revealed their 2020 football schedule with a gnome-filled video on their Twitter account.
Here are three early takeaways from the Red Raiders 2020 schedule.
Light load on the road
Texas Tech opens the season with a true road game against UTEP. The Red Raiders haven’t opened the season with an actual road game since they beat SMU 41-23 in 2013. After what should be an easy road game in El Paso, Tech opens Big 12 play in Ames on September 26.
Matt Campbell is 4-0 against Texas Tech and Brock Purdy will be a junior in this matchup. This is the toughest road game Tech will face and they get it out of the way early. The only other road game against an opponent that should finish in the top half of the conference comes against Oklahoma State on Halloween. Tech has no road games in between the last week of September and the last week of October.
After those two tough games, the Red Raiders only have Kansas State and TCU as their remaining road games in November.
Three of Texas Tech’s four hardest conference games come in the first four Big 12 games of the season. Tech hosts Baylor and Texas on October 15 and 24, respectively. After the Texas game, the Red Raiders’ hardest remaining game comes against Oklahoma in Lubbock on the final week of the regular season.
If the Red Raiders get out to a hot start and can win two of three against Iowa State, Baylor, and Texas, this squad will be in a position to do some serious damage in the fight for a spot in the Big 12 championship game.
The momentum generated in its three-game home stand the first three weeks of October will determine much of how the 2020 season will turn out for Texas Tech.
Thursday night madness
Night games in Lubbock take on a different atmosphere. Thursday night games often produce total madness in the student section of Jones AT&T Stadium. Baylor travels to Lubbock for the first time since 2008 when Graham Harrell lead a 21-point comeback win for the Red Raiders.
Lubbock hasn’t hosted a Thursday night game since Texas Tech beat No. 24 TCU, 20-10, in September 2013. Coming off a bitter double overtime loss in 2019 baked in controversy, this Thursday night rivalry game will have extra meaning for both sides.
A strong start from the Red Raiders would just bring extra hype to a game that will be must-watch television for college football fans across the country.
Full schedule (times, TV coverage TBD):
Sept. 5 – at UTEP
Sept. 19 – Arizona
Sept. 26 – at Iowa State
Oct. 3 – West Virginia
Oct. 15 – Baylor
Oct. 24 – Texas
Oct. 31 – at Oklahoma State
Nov. 7 – at Kansas State
Nov. 14 – Kansas
Nov. 21 – at TCU
Nov. 28 – Oklahoma