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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
What is Texas Tech's most important game?

By David Ubben

We're continuing our series today looking at the "most important" game of the year for each team in the Big 12.

I have my own opinions on that for every team, but I'll ask the fans what they think first before I weigh in on what game I'd pick and why.

You can define "important" in a number of ways, which is why this exercise should be intriguing.

Let's have a closer look at the next team up on our list: Texas Tech.

vs. TCU, Sept. 12: Texas Tech's first major test will come at home with what should be a huge crowd ready for the real start of the Kliff Kingsbury Era. It'll come against a hyped TCU team that, if you weren't aware, Texas Tech fans aren't too fond of. Renewing old Southwest Conference rivalries like these is always fun, and the best part of TCU joining the Big 12. Tech won in triple overtime in Fort Worth last season, but getting off to a good start with a win over a top 10 or top 20 team on national TV on a Thursday night would be huge for the program and could get things rolling for Kingsbury.

at Oklahoma, Oct. 26: Tech's one of just a handful of teams to win in Norman against Bob Stoops, but more often, it's endured some tough beatings at Owen Field. This will be one of the least hyped Oklahoma teams in awhile, but beating one of the Big 12 national powers feels good in any situation. Win this one and you might just make your entire season.

vs. Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas; Nov. 16: The Bears are a fast-rising program and they've gotten the best of Texas Tech in consecutive seasons after losing 15 consecutive to the Red Raiders since the Big 12 began. Texas Tech's road back to relevance all of a sudden has Baylor right in the middle of it. The Bears are a good team, but not great. Tech needs this win to convince folks they're a legitimate team in the top half of the Big 12 this season.

at Texas, Nov. 28: The Longhorns have only lost to Tech once since 2002, but Tech hasn't won in Austin since before Kliff Kingsbury even played. That was in 1997, and Texas was a sub-.500 team under John Mackovic that year. Kingsbury would turn a lot of heads with a win in this one over what should be a very, very good Texas team, and the Longhorns are a historic in-state rival.

vs. Oklahoma State, Nov. 2: Oklahoma State's my Big 12 favorite, and the Cowboys could definitely be undefeated and in the top five for this game in Lubbock. Regardless of Tech's record, the fans will be hyped for this game. A win over a contender can launch you to bigger things in the future, but it always feels good and can take an average season to another level. Ask Baylor's 2012 team.

Vote in our poll.