After a disappointing 5-7 season in 2016, the consensus is that Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury will be coaching for his job during the 2017 season. For one college football writer, the verdict is simple: post more wins than losses.
Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg analyzed the situation for coaches that Yahoo’s Pete Thamel had listed to be on the “hot seat” this season in a previous article. According to Bromberg, Texas Tech must go 7-5 if Kingsbury wants to be coaching in Lubbock beyond 2017, with the game against Kansas being a “must win.”
While beating Kansas may seem like a simple task in light of recent seasons, Bromberg wrote the game should not be one to laugh at, considering the Red Raiders will be traveling to Kansas to face a Jayhawks team that “should be better” than a year ago. Bromberg has a point too, considering we witnessed an all-time shocker in Lawrence last November.
As noted by Bromberg, defense will be the key for Texas Tech to post a winning record in 2017. The Red Raiders allowed 60 points on three different occasions in 2016 — a stat that ultimately led to an FBS-worst average of 43.5 points allowed per game.
The Kliff Kingsbury era of Texas Tech football hasn’t been without its positive moments, as the Red Raiders shot out to a 7-0 record during Kingsbury’s first season as coach in 2013, only to lose the remainder of the games on the regular season. But as Bromberg suggests, Kingsbury’s fifth season with the Red Raiders likely must exceed all expectations if he wants to stay around in 2018.