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2011 Texas Tech Red Raiders Gambling Odds | Predictions

2011-2012 Football Previews –  Big 12 – Texas Tech Red Raiders

Tommy Tubberville had a bit of an up and down first season in Lubbock, but the Red Raiders finished the season off with a 45-38 win in the TicketCity Bowl.

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Big 12 Previews – Texas Tech Red Raiders
Head Coach: Tommy Tubberville
2010 Record: 8-5
Texas Tech Gambling Odds from Sportsbook to win BCS: +20,000

Texas Tech Team Page – Players Stats – Roster – 2011 Schedule –>

While they haven’t been at the very top of the standings, Texas Tech is a program that has enjoyed a lot of success of late. Did you know that Texas Tech has now put together 18 straight winning seasons?

The Red Raiders are slowly transitioning away from Mike Leach’s spread offense and into a run first system employed by Tubberville’s staff. The Red Raiders lost a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball from last year. Can Texas Tech continue their streak of winning seasons?

Fans in Lubbock expect to see Tubberville’s team be highly competitive in 2011.

Team Strengths:

Texas Tech returns their entire offensive line, and they have a chance to be dominating on the front line this year. If Tubberville really wants to start running the football more effectively, this is the type of offensive line he needs to have to make it happen.

Expect the quarterback to get plenty of time to check down to their third and fourth options when the Red Raiders are in the shotgun.

While the Red Raiders lost Baron Batch, I think they are actually deeper in the backfield this year. Eric Stephens showed that he is a solid tailback last year, and this team recruited some very good running backs that are coming in 2011. Both Kenny Williams and Brandon Marquez are ranked in Scout.com’s Top 16 running backs in the nation, and I expect both of them to get plenty of playing time.

The defensive line returns six players who have started at some point in their career.

While they struggled quite a bit last year, I think the defensive line should contain the run much better in 2011.

Team Weaknesses:

The Texas Tech secondary was absolutely horrible in 2010, and I see no reason to expect things to be any different this season. The Red Raiders allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 61% of their passes, and the opposition racked up 294 yards per game through the air. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Texas A&M threw for 449 yards against the Red Raiders last year.

Texas Tech’s defense lost their top two linebackers in Brand Bird and Brian Duncan, and replacing them could be quite difficult. The Big 12 will have plenty of very talented offenses, and I think the Red Raiders will have some difficulty finding linebackers that are up to the task of stopping those offenses.

While I expect Seth Doege to fair well at the quarterback spot in the long run, the lack of play makers at the wide receiver spot has to be concerning.

Texas Tech lost Detron Lewis and Lyle Leong, and they’ll need to have someone step up on the outside.

2011-2012 Texas Tech Football Prediction: 7-6

I think the Red Raiders will move their streak to 19 straight winning seasons, but it won’t be easy. The offense should be pretty good, but they won’t be as dominate as they have been in the last few years. At the same time, the defense has some severe problems.

Don’t be surprised if Texas Tech gives up 40 points or more multiple times during Big 12 Conference play. The last two weeks of the season the Red Raiders must travel to Missouri and Baylor, so the final push won’t be easy.

The non-conference schedule should allow the Red Raiders to secure another bowl berth, but I expect them to struggle in the Big 12.

2011 Texas Tech Football Schedule

Sept. 3 – Texas State
Sept. 10 – Open
Sept. 17 – at New Mexico
Sept. 24 – Nevada
Oct. 1 – at Kansas
Oct. 8 – Texas A&M
Oct. 15 – Kansas State
Oct. 22 – at Oklahoma
Oct. 29 – Iowa State
Nov. 5 – at Texas
Nov. 12 – Oklahoma State
Nov. 19 – at Missouri
Nov. 26 – vs. Baylor (Arlington)

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Comments

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Texas St. then a Bye…rough

  2. Anonymous says:

    Will TT have more or less than 5 wins this year?

  3. Ldyrdrka says:

    Kyle your expert opinion isn’t really expert at all. Tuberville does have a history of run-first offenses; however, Neal Brown the OC is a pass-first guy. Tuberville has stated repeated about the 2011 season the pass is the bread and butter.

    As for the D, a change has been mad to the 4-2-5. Chad Glascow from TCU is the new DC and he has had great success stopping both the pass & the run.

    Texas Tech will win 9 games minium. A 7-6 prediction is an insult. Since I watch & clearly follow this team more than you do, (I say this because I actually know what’s going on), I believe my prediction is accurate.

    When Texas Tech hits 9 wins, I would live to see you declare RedRaider90 an expert on this team!

    Red Raider 90

  4. Red Raider 90,

    Thanks for the insight. Neal Brown is definitely a pass-first guy since he came from Troy, but I still think the team is slowly transitioning toward more of a running game. The Mike Leach system of throwing the ball almost every down isn’t quite what I expect here.

    As far as getting to nine victories, they better start off the season extremely well, because I don’t expect them to win any more than one of their last four games (Texas, OK State, Missouri, Baylor). I’ll stick to seven wins as my prediction, though I certainly think eight is possible because of their extremely easy non-conference schedule.

  5. Red Raider 90,

    Thanks for the insight. Neal Brown is definitely a pass-first guy since he came from Troy, but I still think the team is slowly transitioning toward more of a running game. The Mike Leach system of throwing the ball almost every down isn’t quite what I expect here.

    As far as getting to nine victories, they better start off the season extremely well, because I don’t expect them to win any more than one of their last four games (Texas, OK State, Missouri, Baylor). I’ll stick to seven wins as my prediction, though I certainly think eight is possible because of their extremely easy non-conference schedule.

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