The Texas Tech football team ended the 2018 regular season with an overall record of 5-7, decreasing its win total from 2017 by one game.
The Red Raiders also finished with the same record in Big 12 play as last year, ending with a conference record of 3-6. The record put them eighth in the Big 12 at the end of the season, two spots ahead of last place.
Tech narrowly missed out on earning a bowl game bid, losing to Baylor, 35-24, in the final game of the season to make them ineligible for any postseason matchups.
In conference play, two of the Red Raiders’ three wins were road victories, with the first one being against top-25 ranked Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, according to Tech Athletics. Tech’s defense was able to shutdown the Cowboy’s possessions all night and remained productive while on the offensive side of the ball.
The Red Raiders left Stillwater with a record of 4-1 after downing the Cowboys by a score of 41-17.
Tech’s next conference win came against the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, according to Tech Athletics. After losing to West Virginia the previous week, the Red Raiders were looking to redeem themselves. Tech edged by in a tight and defense-packed game, beating the Horned Frogs, 17-14.
The following week, the Red Raiders obtained their third and final Big 12 victory against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lubbock for Homecoming, according to Tech Athletics. It was a high-scoring afternoon where Tech took control for the most of the game. The Red Raiders pulled away with a 48-16 win over the Jayhawks and held onto a record of 5-2 afterwards.
Tech ended its season with five straight in-conference losses, according to Tech Athletics. In order, the Red Raiders lost to Iowa State, 40-31, Oklahoma University, 51-46, the University of Texas, 41-34, Kansas State, 21-6, then wrapped it up with a final loss Baylor.
The Oklahoma Sooners claimed the best finish in the Big 12 with an overall season record of 11-1, and a conference record of 8-1, with its only loss coming at the hands of the rival Texas Longhorns, according to Tech Athletics.
The Texas Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 with an overall record of 9-3 and an in-conference record of 7-2, earning a spot in the Big 12 Championship, according to Tech Athletics. The Longhorns two conference losses this season came against Oklahoma State and No. 13 West Virginia in back-to-back weeks.
With OU and UT clinching the top two spots in the Big 12, the teams were scheduled to face each other in the conference championship, according to Tech Athletics. The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Texas Longhorns, 39-27, in the Big 12 Championship to earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
For the rest of the Big 12, Iowa State finished third, followed by West Virginia, TCU, Baylor, Kansas State, Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas.