Texas Tech vs. Baylor: Red Raiders season slipping away

Ronald Martinez

After a strong start in his third season in Lubbock, Tommy Tuberville's team has lost three of their last four games.

When Texas Tech stunned West Virginia, then the No. 5 team in the country, in a 49-13 win on Oct. 13 that moved them to 5-1, it looked like Tommy Tuberville had turned the corner in Lubbock.

However, as it turned out, the Mountaineers offense wasn't actually the second coming of the 2001 St. Louis Rams, as they went on to lose their next four games are currently fighting for bowl eligibility at 5-5.

The Red Raiders, meanwhile, have not been able to generate any momentum from that game, going 2-3 in their next five contests. Their only two wins came in 3OT (TCU) and OT (Kansas), with the only national attention coming from Tuberville's sideline altercation with one of his assistant coaches.

As a result, they come into the Baylor game at 7-4, needing a win at Cowboys Stadium to finish above .500 in conference play.

If they lose on Saturday, it might not cost Tuberville his job, but it will certainly solidify Texas Tech's reputation as a middle-of-the-pack program in the new-look Big 12, a long road down from the unprecedented heights Mike Leach had brought them too only a few years ago.

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