Right now, the Texas Tech Red Raider football team is on track to being one of the best teams in school history. They're ranked 13th in the college AP poll and 11th in the coaches poll. They haven't been ranked that high since 1977 when they were 7th in the AP poll. If they win Saturday's homecoming game against Kansas State, the Red Raiders will tie their record setting 6-0 start for the season. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us team spirit is also near a record levels.
Red Raider football fans have plenty to cheer about this year. They're off to a 5-0 start and they're ranked 13th in the nation.
Student Government Vice President, Ryan Worley said Raider football this year is, "amazing!"
This year, a record 40,000 season tickets were sold. General ticket sales have been increasing since the start of the season. "We've always played the underdog role, but we're assuming the role that we're supposed to win and we're getting to that point. I think that's exciting for us," said Worley.
Saturday's homecoming game against Kansas State will be nationally televised, which is why Worley is asking for a complete "red out" of Jones SBC Stadium. "Kind of to show a unified front to the national television audience and get excited about Texas tech football," said Worley, "and that's what we're hoping everybody's starting to do and that we're starting to get our name out there."
Meanwhile, across the street from campus, NewsChannel 11 asked Spirit Shop Employee, Carlos Centeno, "Is it hard to keep everything stocked?" "Yeah," he said.
Fans are bombarding the Spirit Shop. Sales have been rising since the season started. And partly because of the winning streak the Spirit Shop will be open for the first time during the game on Saturday. However, that means Centeno will have to work. "Yeah, it'll be on TV, but you miss a little excitement being around the game," Centeno said.
Tech fans are ready for the homecoming game and although the traditional parade will not travel down Broadway this year, as it's been cancelled, students Worley said it shouldn't affect the outcome of the game. "A lot of people are frustrated, but I also think it doesn't really affect the fact that we're still going to get out there and support our school and support our team."
Over 50,000 tickets have already been sold for this weekend's homecoming game. The ticket office is hoping for a complete sellout, and just 2,900 tickets are left.
Things look good for this weekend, the Red Raiders have won their last two meetings with Kansas State.