Texas Tech will open the 2017 season with the Eastern Washington Eagles at home. The Red Raiders will look to start their season off with a solid win over a good FCS program.
Brand-new quarterback Nic Shimonek will start his first game for the Red Raiders, who are diving into the season with a tough pre-conference slate. Texas Tech’s defense has been less than good to say the least, and Eastern Washington was 2016’s No. 1 passing offense in the 2016 season.
Here’s everything you’ll need to watch Texas Tech and Eastern Washington.
Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington game time, details
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
Weather: High of 88 degrees. Partly cloudy.
Line: No line is available for this game yet.
What TV channel is Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington on?
Texas Tech and Eastern Washington will be broadcast on FSN.
How can I watch Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington online?
You can watch Texas Tech and Eastern Washington online or on mobile using the Fox Sports Go app.
How can I listen to Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington on the radio?
You can check in on the Red Raiders on the Red Raider Sports Network on tunein.com. You can also listen to Double T 97.3.
Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington preview, keys to the game
- Can someone play some defense? Texas Tech has been awful on the defensive side of the ball in the Kliff Kingsbury era, and they’ll need to scrape together some stops if they want to keep Eastern Washington at bay. The Eagles can sling the rock very well, which doesn’t bode well for the Red Raiders’ subpar pass rush. Eastern Washington beat Washington State in last year’s season opener, so Texas Tech will have to bring it early and often.
- Nic Shimonek will have to get comfortable early. He’s got a significant amount of weapons around him, he’ll just need to get the ball to them early and often. Dylan Cantrell might be the catalyst for another year of dominating Red Raider offense, so feeding him (and his height) the ball early and often might give the Red Raiders the juice to pull ahead in the opening quarters of play. A guy who has gone mostly overlooked in offseason discussion is Justin Stockton. The senior has speed to burn, and if he can get in the open field, he should be gone in most situations.
- If the Red Raiders want a chance of competing in the month of September, they’ll need to put this one away early and rest their starters. Their early schedule is absolutely brutal, they have Arizona State, Houston, and Oklahoma State before October. Their matchup with Houston is particularly interesting, the Red Raiders will travel to Houston to take on the Cougars, who will be breaking in new head coach Major Applewhite. Houston has serious talent on their team, and will definitely test the Red Raiders on the line of scrimmage. Kalen Ballage of Arizona State scored a whopping eight touchdowns on the Red Raiders last year, and containing him will be difficult. Texas Tech needs to end this one early and rest up.