In 2013 Kliff Kingsbury inherited a team that had low expectations and a 3-man QB competition between Davis Webb, Michael Brewer, and Baker Mayfield. This year Kliff also has a 3-man QB battle and it’s starting to look like True Freshman Alan Bowman is a serious threat to win the starting job. When was the last time Tech started a True Freshman at QB for the season opener? You guessed it, 2013 when Baker Mayfield took the field against the SMU Mustangs. Is all of this starting to sound familiar?
Defensively, the 2013 team did struggle against stiff competition, but the key to the 7-0 start for the 2013 Red Raiders was the play of the defense through that stretch. Through the first 7 games of that season the Red Raider defense gave up 18.7 ppg.
Since Kliff took over the defense has not had much success keeping the opposition off of the scoreboard, but this year many are expecting David Gibbs and company to carry the team until a QB can solidify their starting position. With inexperience at QB it looks like the defense will need to live up to the hype if Texas Tech wants to have any success this year.
Kliff is set up for a make or break season. This could be his best defense yet, but will he rely on a True Freshman QB like he did in 2013? The 2018 campaign may offer similar results to 2013, but fans need to ask if an 8-5 season enough to save Kliff’s job? If it’s worse than that will he be around next year?
These are all questions that need to be asked, but in a season that feels a bit familiar, Texas Tech and Kirby Hocutt need to ask themselves if Kliff can make Texas Tech a team that can win consistently.