Tonight, the Texas Tech football team will try for a third time to earn its first win of 2023. That should happen given that the week-three opponent is FCS foe, Tarleton State.
The Texans come to Lubbock with a 2-0 record on the year. In their wins over McNeese and North Alabama, they eclipsed the 50-point mark while running an offense that is grounded in “Air Raid” principles that many Texas Tech fans might recognize.
Head coach Todd Whitten is in his 14th season with the program. He has a record of 96-50 and is the all-time winningest head coach in Tarleton history.
Only four years into their time as an FCS member, the Texans have amassed three straight winning seasons. However, they have never met the Red Raiders on the gridiron.
They do have experience playing major-conference teams though. Last year, they lost to TCU 59-17 in Fort Worth.
Texas Tech vs. Tarleton State broadcast information
TV: BIG 12 NOW ON ESPN+: 6 PM
Play-by-Play: Noah Reed
Analyst: Ryan Leaf
Sideline Reporter: Tori Petry
RADIO: TEXAS TECH SPORTS NETWORK
Play-by-Play: Brian Jensen
Analyst: John Harris
Sideline Reporter: Chris Level
SiriusXM: Channel 392
National Radio: ESPN Radio
Mobile App: Varsity Network (Texas Tech)
Texas Tech vs. Tarleton State forecast
It’s been a wild week on the weather front in Lubbock this week with the huge storm that rolled through the area on Thursday night into Friday morning causing some localized flooding. The weather will be great for kickoff on Saturday though.
According to Weather.com:
Saturday’s high temperature: 80 degrees
Winds: NNE 10 MPH
Precipitation: Cloudy skies with a 57% chance of precipitation
Kickoff forecast: 78 degrees, partly cloudy skies, 15% chance of precipitation, winds NNE 6 MPH
Texas Tech vs. Tarleton State game notes (courtesy of TexasTech.com)
- Texas Tech has compiled a 26-1 all-time record against FCS opponents since the NCAA divided its Division I schools into two divisions in 1978. Texas Tech enters this weekend having won each of its last 20 consecutive games against FCS opponents dating back to the 1988 season.
- Tarleton State head coach Todd Whitten began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech from 1988-89 under legendary head coach Spike Dykes.
- Texas Tech will once again turn to its past this weekend against Tarleton State with a throwback uniform combination inspired from the 1960s.
- The 70th anniversary of the Masked Rider program will be honored during this game with 48 former Masked Riders expected to be in attendance.