Texas Tech Football Predictions

Written by Vegas Top Cappers | July 31, 2013

2013 Texas Tech Football Predictions

The Red Raiders were college football’s Jekyll and Hyde team in 2012, looking like a Top Ten team through mid-season, but then lost four of their final five before regrouping to beat Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl to wind up at 8-5. The Red Raiders also welcome a new head coach, former record-setting Tech QB Kliff Kingsbury, who takes over for Tommy Tuberville.

When the casual fan thinks of Texas Tech, they immediately think of unbelievable pass yardage totals and video game-type offensive numbers. Those unreal numbers eased somewhat under the more conservative approach favored by Tuberville, leaving fans clamoring for the “good old days.” Only five starters return on offense, so Tech faithful will also need to have a game program handy. Sophomore Michael Brewer appears to have the edge to guide Kingsbury’s first Red Raider squad, but there’s also a blue-chip freshman in the mix, Chris Webb. The new coach isn’t committing to either just yet, so it may be into fall practice before a starter is named. That may sound risky, but remember that in Kingsbury’s 2012 job, it was barely two weeks before the season opened that he and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin handed the starting job to a redshirt freshman named Johnny Manziel, and we all know how that turned out.

But finding a QB isn’t the only concern, since Tech’s ground game didn’t dazzle anyone last season. Kenny Williams, SaDale Foster and DeAndre Washington all return, and that’s good because if neither Brewer or Davis are up to putting up the numbers Kingsbury is happy with, the Red Raiders will be run-heavy. The receiving unit is loaded however, perhaps giving the QB candidates motivation to work even harder on their aerial prowess.

Eric Ward caught 82 balls last fall, and collectively, the other returning receivers grabbed 122 passes in 2012. Three long-time starters are gone from the O-line, meaning early practices will feature a lot of untested linemen being whipped into shape.

Tech’s early season success last fall was misleading, and when opposing coaches realized that there was a pattern emerging with Tech’s defense, they were quick to recognize it and take advantage. The weakness was stopping the run, with the proof fairly evident to anyone watching. Eight starters return on defense, but based on their prior track record, that may not be a good thing. DEs Dartwan Bush and Kerry Hyder were fairly effective rushing the passer, but they were also the team’s top tacklers, not a desired statistic.

The D-line and LB corps all need to get back to fundamentals, and like the O-line, expect plenty of blocking and tackling 101 to be featured in early practice. The secondary is also a mess, picking off just eight passes in 2012.

Kingsbury’s return is sure to keep enthusiasm at a fever pitch for awhile, but unless several players on both sides of the ball step up their games dramatically, this may be a long season for the Red Raider faithful.

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