The Texas Tech Red Raiders college football team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A), representing Texas Tech University in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech has played its home games at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas since 1947.
Texas Tech (then known as Texas Technological College) fielded its first intercollegiate football team during the 1925 season. The team was known as the "Matadors" from 1925 to 1936, a name suggested by the wife of E. Y. Freeland, the first football coach, to reflect the influence of the Spanish Renaissance architecture on campus. In 1932, Texas Tech joined the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association, also known as the Border Conference. The school's short-lived Matadors moniker was replaced officially in 1937 with "Red Raiders", a nickname bestowed upon them by a sportswriter impressed by their bright scarlet uniforms that remains to this today. That same year, the team won its first conference championship and was invited to the Sun Bowl. The game was played on January 1, 1938, and resulted in a 7–6 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Texas Tech suffered four more bowl losses before their first postseason win in the 1952 Sun Bowl. Before withdrawing from the Border Conference in 1956, the Red Raiders won nine conference championships, the most held by a Border Conference member.
In 1956, Texas Tech was admitted to the Southwest Conference (SWC) but was ineligible for any title during a four-year probationary period. It gained full SWC membership and began official conference play in 1960. The Red Raiders won conference championships in 1976 and 1994. The team remained in the SWC until the conference dissolved in 1996. The university was invited and became a charter member in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference.
|1925||Ewing Y. Freeland||6–1–2|
|1926||Ewing Y. Freeland||6–1–3|
|1927||Ewing Y. Freeland||5–4|
|1928||Ewing Y. Freeland||4–4–1|
|Border Conference (1932–1938)|
|1932||Pete Cawthon||10–2||2–0||1st[A 1]|
|1937||Pete Cawthon||8–4||3–0||1st||L Sun|
|1938||Pete Cawthon||10–1||2–0||1st||L Cotton||11|
|Border Conference (1941–1956)|
|1941||Dell Morgan||9–2||2–0||1st||L Sun|
|1947||Dell Morgan||6–5||4–0||1st||L Sun|
|1948||Dell Morgan||7–3||5–0||1st||L Raisin|
|1949||Dell Morgan||7–5||5–0||1st||L Raisin|
|1951||DeWitt Weaver||7–4||5–0||1st||W Sun|
|1953||DeWitt Weaver||11–1||5–0||1st||W Gator||12||12|
|1955||DeWitt Weaver||7–3–1||3–0–1||1st||L Sun|
|Southwest Conference (1960–1995)|
|1961||J. T. King||4–6||2–5||T-8th|
|1962||J. T. King||1–9||0–7||8th|
|1963||J. T. King||5–5||2–5||T-6th|
|1964||J. T. King||6–4–1||3–3–1||T-4th||L Sun|
|1965||J. T. King||8–3||5–3||T-2nd||L Gator||10|
|1966||J. T. King||4–6||2–5||T-6th|
|1967||J. T. King||6–4||5–2||2nd|
|1968||J. T. King||5–3–2||4–3||4th|
|1969||J. T. King||5–5||4–3||T-6th|
|1972||Jim Carlen||8–4||4–3||T-2nd||L Sun|
|1973||Jim Carlen||11–1||6–1||2nd||W Gator||11||11|
|1976||Steve Sloan||10–2||6–1||T-1st||L Bluebonnet||13||13|
|1977||Steve Sloan||7–5||4–4||T-4th||L Tangerine|
|1986|| David McWilliams (7–4)|
Spike Dykes (0–1)
|1989||Spike Dykes||9–3||5–3||4th||W All-American||16||19|
|1993||Spike Dykes||6–6||5–2||T-2nd||L John Hancock|
|1994||Spike Dykes||6–6||4–3||T-2nd||L Cotton|
|1995||Spike Dykes||9–3||5–2||T-2nd||W Copper||20||23|
|Big 12 Conference South Division (1996–2010)|
|1996||Spike Dykes||7–5||5–3||2nd (South)||L Alamo|
|1997||Spike Dykes||6–5||5–3||T-2nd (South)|
|1998||Spike Dykes||7–5||4–4||3rd (South)||L Independence|
|1999||Spike Dykes||6–5||5–3||T-2nd (South)|
|2000||Mike Leach||7–6||3–5||4th (South)||L Galleryfurniture.com|
|2001||Mike Leach||7–5||4–4||T-3rd (South)||L Alamo|
|2002||Mike Leach||9–5||5–3||T-3rd (South)||W Tangerine|
|2003||Mike Leach||8–5||4–4||4th (South)||W Houston|
|2004||Mike Leach||8–4||5–3||T-3rd (South)||W Holiday||17||18|
|2005||Mike Leach||9–3||6–2||T-2nd (South)||L Cotton||19||20|
|2006||Mike Leach||8–5||4–4||4th (South)||W Insight|
|2007||Mike Leach||9–4||4–4||T-3rd (South)||W Gator||23||22|
|2008||Mike Leach||11–2||7–1||T-1st (South)||L Cotton||12||12|
|2009|| Mike Leach (8–4)|
Ruffin McNeil (1–0)
|9–4||5–3||T-3rd (South)||W Alamo||23||21|
|2010||Tommy Tuberville||8–5||3–5||5th (South)||W TicketCity|
|Big 12 Conference (2011–present)|
|2012|| Tommy Tuberville (7–5)|
Chris Thomsen (1–0)
|2013||Kliff Kingsbury||8–5||4–5||6th||W Holiday|
|2015||Kliff Kingsbury||7–6||4–5||T-5th||L Texas|
|2017||Kliff Kingsbury||6–7||3–6||7th||L Birmingham|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.|
- ↑ "Cultivating the Home Field Advantage, A Memoir Revisited". Texas Tech University. http://today.ttu.edu/2009/11/cultivating-the-home-field-advantage-a-memoir-revisited/. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Texas Tech Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. https://web.archive.org/web/20100216040637/http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/big12/texas_tech/bowl_history.php. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Texas Tech Yearly Totals". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2009-10-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20091023143257/http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/big12/texas_tech/yearly_totals.php. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
- ↑ "Texas Tech Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2009-10-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20091023143053/http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/big12/texas_tech/championships.php. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
- ↑ "Football Record Book". Big 12 Conference. Archived from the original on 2010-02-26. https://www.webcitation.org/5npkaULgL?url=http://www.big12sports.com//pdf5/134783.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=10410. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
- ↑ CFRC College Football Database - Texas Tech Script error Retrieved 2013-Sep-12.
- ↑ "Discontinued Conferences" (PDF). Conference Standings and Champions. National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 12. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/DI/2010/09Standings.pdf. Retrieved 2010-12-13.