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Projecting Texas Tech’s 2021 football season, game by game

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The schedule is officially out. What kind of year can we expect?

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech officially released Thursday its 2021 football season schedule, which means it’s time to do some baseless projecting.

Game one: @ Houston Cougars

Clayton Tune is a solid quarterback with veteran experience entering his senior season, while Tech will surely trot out someone with little-to-no collegiate experience behind center. RESULT: Texas Tech 27, Houston 37

Game two: vs. SFA Lumberjacks

Tune-up game against mediocre FCS team.

RESULT: Texas Tech 41, SFA 6

Game three: vs. FIU Panthers

Another confidence builder for an offense that has hopefully found an answer at quarterback.

RESULT: Texas Tech 38, FIU 10

Game four: @ Texas Longhorns

Sam Ehlinger’s replacement, Casey Thompson, is more talented than Sam Ehlinger with weapons galore and a coach that isn’t Tom Herman.

RESULT: Texas Tech 17, Texas 49

Game five: @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Always tough to win in Morgantown - plus West Virginia brings back virtually everyone on both sides of the ball, including nine starters on a loaded defense and the very capable Jarret Doege behind center.

RESULT: Texas Tech 20, West Virginia 28

Game six: vs. TCU Horned Frogs

First road game for the Frogs after opening with four straight home games, but an improved Max Duggan will overcome the challenge after gashing the Red Raiders for 150+ rushing yards and three touchdowns a season ago.

RESULT: Texas Tech 39, TCU 40

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas Christian
These two teams always make for exciting football when they meet.
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Game seven: Kansas Jayhawks

The Kansas bye.

RESULT: Texas Tech 45, Kansas 13

Game eight: vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Chris Klieman is a hell of a head coach, but he needs more time to get this program on the right trajectory.

RESULT: Texas Tech 32, Kansas State 17

Game nine: @ Oklahoma Sooners

Spencer Rattler, Kennedy Brooks, Marvin Mims.

RESULT: Texas Tech 31, Oklahoma 59

Game 10: vs. Iowa State

Coming off a bye-week to recover from the Oklahoma ass-kicking, Tech has the pleasure of meeting Brock Purdy and virtually every other starter from last year’s Big 12 Championship runner-up squad.

RESULT: Texas Tech 24, Iowa State 42

Game 11: vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys lose a great deal of offensive firepower going into next season and Tech is due for an upset.

RESULT: Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma State 38

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
Texas Tech pulls off the upset over a depleted Oklahoma State offense.
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Game 12: @ Baylor Bears

Baylor looks to be in full rebuild mode with more questions than answers on offense.

RESULT: Texas Tech 45, Baylor 27

FINAL RESULT: 6-6 (4-5 Big 12 Conference)

BONUS BOWL GAME

Guaranteed Rate (formerly Cactus) Bowl: vs. UCLA Bruins

Chip Kelly and Dorian Thompson-Robinson take another step forward in the rebuilding of the Bruins program, meeting a Red Raider squad that has won two consecutive games. A high-scoring battle ends with Sonny Cumbie proving why he was the right choice at offensive coordinator.

RESULT: Texas Tech 49, UCLA 45