Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Thirteen Starters return to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2015. The Red Raiders went 4-8 overall, 2-7 in Conference play in 2014. Head Coach and former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury enters his third season with a 12-13 record. Kingsbury has the program on the right track and 2015 the Red Raiders will turn the corner. The Red Raiders will make it to a bowl this season. The Texas Tech Red Raiders plays home games at the 61,000 seat Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
Seven starters return to the Texas Tech offense. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb (2,539) passing yards will compete through fall camp for the starting job. Webb started the first eight games last season but went down wit ha shoulder injury. Mahomes was impressive in relief. Senior running back DeAndre Washington (1,103) yards in 2014 will get the majority of carries. The Red Raiders have plenty of talent in the backfield with backups like Justin Stockton. All-Conference left tackle Le’Raven Clark is the leader of one of the best offensive lines in all of College Football. Four starters on the o-line have been regulars for the past two years. Senior wide receiver Jakeem Grant (938) receiving yards last season is the main weapon in the passing game. The Red Raiders are going to be potent on offense; the offensive line will propel the rest of the unit. The Texas Tech Red Raiders went 6-6 on Football ATS Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total six.
*The Red Raiders offense put up an average of 504.2 yards per game, 10th nationally.
*Texas Tech went 4-3 ATS in Lubbock last season.
*The Red Raiders were 2-3 on the road.
*The betting odds total went 4-3 at Jones AT&T Stadium in 2014.
*TTU went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*Texas Tech stayed under the betting odds total three times away from home.
*The TTU “AIR RAID” passing attack was 5th in the FBS, averaging 351.1 yards per game throwing the Football.
*The Red Raiders put up 30.5 ppg, 55th in College Football.
*The Texas Tech running game was 82nd in the NCAA Football landscape, with a 153.2 average per contest.
The Red Raiders defense can get a rush from Senior ends Pete Robertson and Branden Jackson. Four other starters are back from last season. Senior linebacker Micah Awe leads a group that has speed. The cornerbacks gave up big plays last season, but they were all Freshman and Sophomores. The secondary has grown with a year of experience. First-year defensive coordinator David Gibbs will have the ability to put pressure on opposing quarterback that will help the secondary. The Red Raiders have a lot of senior leadership which will go a long way this season.
*The Texas Tech defense was 124th in the FBS, giving up 513.2 yards per game to the opposition.
*The Red Raiders pass defense allowed 253.2 yards per contest through the air, 98th in College Football.
*The 41.2 ppg given up by Texas Tech ranked 126th nationally.
*The TTU run defense ranked 124th in the land, allowing 126.0 yards per game running the football.
*Texas Tech has a tough non-conference road game at Arkansas on September 19th.
*The Red Raiders play Big Twelve foes Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia on the road in 2015.
Bovada lists the Texas Tech Red Raiders at over/under six wins in 2015.