Loser – Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Ole Miss had a nice little showcase of offense to kick off the season. Unfortunately for Texas Tech, Ole Miss ran off with the game in the second half and got the victory.
For Kliff Kingsbury, it’s a loss to start off a pivotal season for keeping his job. His team won enough late in the 2017 season to keep his job, but he needs better results in 2018 to stay on board for the future.
To his credit, a loss to Ole Miss isn’t like losing to a Sun Belt school or an FCS program. The Red Raiders faced stiff competition to open the year and they had some glimpses of promise in the loss as well.
Now, Kingsbury needs to hope that his team is battle tested and knows what they need to improve on as they get ready for conference play at the end of the month. They have two winnable games coming up on the schedule against Lamar and Houston.
Houston could be tough if Major Applewhite has the program on a rebound this year, but Kingsbury needs a winning record from his non-conference schedule. Hovering around the .500 mark this season isn’t going to cut it.