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The Best Sports Handicapper believes Texas Tech will still have one of the most prolific offenses in the Big-Twelve, despite losing Pat Mahomes to the NFL.
Kliff Kingsbury enters his fifth season as the head coach at his alma mater and expectation are high.
Texas Tech began the 2016 season with a 3-1 record and score over fifty points in all four games. However, they dropped six of eight to end the campaign and missed out on a bowl appearance for the second time in three years.
Kingsbury is an offensive genius but is devoting more of his time to a defense that could not stop anybody.
Texas Tech opens up 2017 with home games against Eastern Washington and Arizona State. A Road date vs. The Houston Cougars follows in out of Conference action.
Texas Tech has Big Twelve home dates with Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa State and Kansas State. The Red Raiders travel to Oklahoma and Texas in the 2017 season.
Top Ten 2017 NFL draft choice Patrick Mahomes will be replaced by senior Nic Shimonek.
Former Red Raider wideout and current offensive coordinator Eric Morris has an offensive mind and expects big things from Shimonek.
The 2016 Texas Tech offense put up an average of (566.6) yards per game, 1st in the FBS and the 463.0 yards through the air also led the nation.
Texas Tech scored nearly 44-points per contest, and it was not enough to finish with a winning record. Despite the transfer of leading receiver Jonathan Giles, playmakers Dylan Cantrell, Cameron Batson and Keke Coutee are explosive.
Running Back Deandre Washington is efficient as a runner and as a receiver out of the backfield.
Three starting linemen return, led by two sophomore tackles who are good run blockers and can protect the quarterback in drop back situations.
The key to success for the Red Raiders offense is to be able to stay on the field, giving the defense plenty of time to rest.
The defense has been the Achilles heel at Texas Tech in the Kingsbury era. David Gibbs enters his third season as the coordinator but will get help from the head coach this season.
They need to get better at every level, in 2016 they allowed opponents (554.3) yards of offense per game, 128 nationally. The 43.5 points per contest also ranked 128th in the FBS.
Their best performance last season was holding TCU to twenty-four points in a double overtime victory.
However, there is some talent with young players from last season having a year of experience. Also, transfers are in the mix at various positions.
Joseph Wallace, Broderick Washington and, Kolin Hill will anchor the defensive line.
As expected the secondary has plenty of game changers, the entire state of Texas is full of speed, and Texas Tech has their share of talent at cornerback and safety.
The key to success for the Red Raiders defense is to force turnovers and get off of the field on third down.
Bovada.Lv lists the Boston College Eagles at 100/1 to win the 2017 Big Twelve Conference Championship.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017 Texas Tech Red Raiders will go 4-8 and finish eighth in the Big Twelve Conference.
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