Breaking the huddle on Texas Tech’s opportunity

Now is the time to prove the nation wrong. For 8½ seasons, Texas Tech has won games. But the Red Raiders haven’t won enough to convince the voters that Texas Tech belongs among the powers of the game. The fans chafe at the commonly held notion that head coach Mike Leach’s offense picks on the afflicted and melts in the glare of the spotlight.

Now is the time to prove the nation wrong. Under Leach, the Red Raiders are 10-26 against ranked teams, 63-11 against everyone else. Now is the time to prove that Texas Tech has not bulked up its record on bought victories. In Leach’s nine years, the Red Raiders have played five nonconference games against teams from automatic-bid conferences during the regular season, none since 2003.