The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into the 2017 season after going 5-7 last season. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is going into his 5th season as the head coach at Texas Tech.

Offense:

The offense for the Red Raiders averaged 44 points per game and they also led the nation in total yards per game with 565 per game with 463 of those coming from the passing game. Now that quarterback Patrick Mahomes has gone to the NFL, Nic Shimonek leads the pack in options to take over at QB. Last season Shimonek threw for 464 yards and 6 touchdowns. Texas Tech is getting back there top 4 receivers from last year, with all of them catching at least 50 passes and 7 touchdowns. The only concern about this offense could be the running game. Last year they finished with just 1,243 yards but in 2015 they ran for almost 2,500 yards.

Defense:

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs, is returning after having a very rough season last year. The Red Raiders finished dead last in points allowed per game with 44 per game. The linebackers for Texas Tech, Jordyn Brooks and Kolin Hill, could be one of the bright spots on this defense. Last season the secondary only had 5 interceptions, including 2 against Stephen F. Austin. The defense oddly enough finished 4-0 in games with at least one interception.

Predictions:

Texas Tech vs Eastern Washington: Sep. 2

Tech 31, East Washington 3

Texas Tech vs Arizona: Sep. 16

Tech 24, Arizona 21

Texas Tech at Houston: Sep. 23

Houston 27, Tech 14

Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State: Sep. 30

Ok-State 24, Tech 17

Texas Tech at Kansas: Oct. 7

Tech 27, Kansas 10

Texas Tech at West Virginia: Oct. 14

West Virginia 24, Tech 17

Texas Tech vs Iowa State: Oct. 21

Tech 31, Iowa St. 24

Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Oct. 28

Oklahoma 34, Tech 21

Texas Tech vs Kansas State: Nov. 4

Tech 14, K-State 10

Texas Tech at Baylor: Nov. 11

Tech 31, Baylor 21

Texas Tech vs TCU: Nov. 18

TCU 17, Tech 10

Texas Tech at Texas: Nov. 24

Texas 38, Tech 24

I have Texas Tech finishing at an even 6-6 record, which begs the question will this be Kingsbury last year as the head coach?

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Thanks to RantSports for this photo.

 

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