2012-13 Football Previews – (Big 12) – Texas Tech
Texas Tech is still trying to get back to the success levels that they reached under Mike Leach. Tommy Tubberville is a proven coach who has the respect of the players, but the defense needs to get better. Texas Tech finished dead last in the nation in rushing defense last year. New defensive coordinator Art Kaufman’s job is to fix that problem.
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Big 12 2012-2013 College Football Previews: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Head Coach: Tommy Tubberville
2011 Record: 5-7
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This team was tough to figure out in 2011. Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 41-38 on the road in the middle of the season. Next week they were beaten 41-7 by Iowa State. They also gave up 66 points to both Baylor and Oklahoma State. A team giving up 66 points twice in one year is almost unheard of. Nearly everyone from last year’s defense returns, and the majority of the key offensive players are back as well. Expectations are higher this year at Texas Tech.
Seth Doege is a very good quarterback for Texas Tech. Doege threw for more than 4,000 yards last year while connecting on 28 touchdown passes. He also completed an amazing 69 percent of his pass attempts. He makes good decisions with the ball, and he does a great job releasing the ball quickly. Doege fits into this offensive system extremely well.
Doege has tons of weapons at the wide receiver spot. Darrin Moore and Eric Ward are both game changers on the outside. Moore missed some time last season with an injury, but he is a great route runner. Ward is a physical receiver who led the team with 84 receptions for 800 yards last season. Ward did all that in his sophomore season, so I expect even more from him in the future.
The strength of the defense is clearly the secondary. Texas Tech has a great pair of safeties who will be a nice back line of defense. The Red Raiders were second in the Big 12 in pass defense in 2011.
The obvious place to start is the defensive line. This defensive front was the main reason Texas Tech allowed an unbelievable 258 rushing yards per game last year. Needless to say, they virtually never even slowed anyone down in the ground game. The team has a couple quick pass rushers, but strength in the interior is still lacking.
The running back spot is a question mark. Eric Stephens and DeAndre Washington are the top two on the depth chart, but they both tore an ACL last year. If they are healthy this year the team will be fine, but that is a big if right now.
2012-2013 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Prediction: 7-6
Texas Tech should be a better team in 2012. Seth Doege is an underrated quarterback, and I believe the offense will be even better than it was last season. The defense can’t be worse against the run, and the change at defensive coordinator should help some. This team has a solid offensive line and a ton of weapons at the skill positions, so look for them to pile up the points. The Red Raiders should get back to a bowl game by winning a lot of high scoring contests.
2012 Texas Tech Schedule
9/1/12 7:00 PM ET NWST
9/8/12 7:00 PM ET @TEXST
9/15/12 TBD NMEX
9/29/12 TBD @IOWST
10/6/12 TBD OKLA
10/13/12 TBD WVIRG
10/20/12 TBD @TCU
10/27/12 TBD @KANST
11/3/12 TBD TEXAS
11/10/12 TBD KANS
11/17/12 TBD @OKLST
11/24/12 TBD BAY