The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
No. 49: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Spring Practice Starts: March 3
Spring Game: April 14
Texas Tech Red Raiders Spring Status
It’s hardly a sure-thing that this would’ve been a new era in Texas Tech football had Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders lost to Texas and didn’t go bowling, but that win over the rival and the good fight in the loss to USF in the Birmingham Bowl helped.
It’s an interesting situation this season. The woeful defense gets back a whole lot of parts including most of the top defensive backs and four starters on the front six.
All five starters are back on the O line, but most of the skill guys have to be replaced. It’s Texas Tech – there are always receivers and good quarterback options ready to go.
Texas Tech Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Wide receiver. Of course, finding the right triggerman for the attack matters, but McLane Carter looks like the best option, if it’s not Jet Duffey or good recruit Alan Bowman – they can all play. However, losing 93-catch Keke Coutee early to the NFL is a problem. And now five of the top six pass catchers have to be replaced, including RB Justin Stockton.
Texas Tech Biggest Issue
Consistency in the red zone. Texas Tech might have a high-powered offense – at least out of the time – but it fizzled inside the 20 way too often. It only came up with touchdowns just 53% of the time, and came away with points on a pathetic 69% of the trips. There’s a lot to work on with all of the new parts, but the Red Raiders have to put the biscuit in the basket whenever they get a shot.
Texas Tech Biggest Positive
The offensive line. This might just be the best in the Kingsbury era, with all five starters returning to a group that was good enough in pass protection. It needs to start cranking up more than four yards per carry for the ground game – there should be more five yards per pop in this offense – but it was an improvement from 2016.
Really, Why Are The Texas Tech Red Raiders Ranked Here?
There’s reason to be excited about the possibilities of doing a whole lot more in the Big 12. The defense will never be a brick wall, but there are a whole lot of nice players returning with the top nine tacklers back.
As long as the offense and the new parts to the passing game are up to the normal Red Raider snuff, a winning season should be a lock along with a few nice upsets along the way.