Red Raider frenzy is heating up across the South Plains, as the clock ticks down for the biggest game in Texas Tech Football history. The Red Raiders are working towards a number one ranking, a bid to the Big 12 Championship, and a possible Heisman Trophy. Those hopes all hinge on this weekend's match-up with Oklahoma University.
After two home games with record breaking attendance, then a bye week, the Red Raiders head to Norman on Saturday. They won't have the home field advantage, but they'll still have the home crowd support.
It's nearly 350-miles from Jones AT&T Stadium to Norman, but Tech fans say for this historic season, the five and a half hour drive is worth it. "We're going to do the long drive," Texas Tech senior Mike Hoeft said.
Hoeft couldn't ask for more in his final year. "Coming into your final year, having such a great football team, performing as we are at such a high level, number two ranking, in the running for a national championship, Grahm Harrell Heisman Candidate, Michael Crabtree Heisman Candidate," Hoeft said.
To continue his role in this historic season, Hoeft is heading to Oklahoma Friday afternoon to cheer on his team. "We're going to be out there in full Tech gear, supporting and cheering as loud as we can," Hoeft said. He's spoken with several others who say they'll do the same. "It sounds like we're going to have a really good show up, and I really hope we are. OU is a tough place to play, so I hope that we can get all of our fans in there," Hoeft said.
Meanwhile, here in the Hub City team spirit is riding high, thanks to a little help from Beaver Raymond with Plains Capital Bank. "I take different routes, and I play music," Raymond said. He's criss-crossing the city in a mobile billboard, but he won't get to take it to Norman. Instead, he'll have to prep for the next game. "Provided they win, and I believe they'll win, we'll have to change the sign right quick, and then I'm coming back for the Baylor game," Raymond said.
Fans keep their fingers crossed for a win, and if Tech continues this record breaking season, Hoeft says it'll be the perfect end to his college career. "That's my graduation present," Hoeft said. You can count on NewsChannel 11 Sports to bring you complete coverage from Norman this weekend.
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