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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 59 Texas Tech Red Raiders

2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 59 Texas Tech Red Raiders


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Texas Tech Red Raiders


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No. 59: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech Red Raiders Prespring Status

It hasn’t been working under Kliff Kingsbury over his four years at the helm, and now the attitude is simple – win or else. The Texas Tech passing game was the Texas Tech passing game, leading the nation in yards for the most productive offense in college football, but the Texas Tech defense was the Texas Tech defense, finishing dead last in the nation in yards and scoring. So now it’s up to Kingsbury to keep the O fun, and finally find a D that isn’t so miserable – and to win again.

How quickly can the Red Raider offense get past losing QB Patrick Mahomes? It’s Texas Tech, so that should probably take about four minutes, while the defense has to replace five starters. Again, though, the D was the worst in the nation – there’s no such thing as a key loss on that side.

Texas Tech Red Raiders Biggest Issue

Mahomes. If Mahomes was back, crank up the prespring ranking at least ten spots, if not a lot more, but the jury is out on whether or not Nic Shimonek is really ready to rise up and be the guy – he threw for 464 yards and six scores with a pick in his limited time – or if the keys to the attack will go to a new option. It’s not all that easy to replace a bomber who threw for 5,052 yards and 41 scores. However, helping the cause …

Texas Tech Red Raiders Biggest Positive

The receiving corps. WR Devin Lauderdale is gone, but after a productive 2015, his impact was minimal – the receiving corps is loaded enough to help out the new guy. The Red Raiders get back the top two rushers, and the passing game returns the top five wideouts, including Jonathan Giles and his 69 catches for 1,158 yards and 13 scores. No matter who’s under center, it’ll be business as usual for the air show, even if another 5,000-yard season is asking for too much out of the passing game.

Really, Why Are The Texas Tech Red Raiders Ranked Here?

The offense should be just fine even without Mahomes, and the defense can’t help but be a little bit better – maybe. The defense was the third-worst in college football in 2015 and the sixth-worst in 2014. If it can get back to the not-totally-abysmal level of 2013, the Red Raiders will go bowling. The Red Raiders are overdue to win on a regular basis under Kingsbury, and the depth is coming into place, but it’s still going to be weekly shootout after weekly shootout. Tech needs to be on the right side of more of them.