1. TEXAS TECH WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s a good Texas Tech team that has a defense, has the experience on both sides of the ball, and it has the coaching staff that should be able to take what’s in place – and factor in what the program is all about – and make the necessary adjustments to come up with a bowl season.
However, the rest of the Big 12 is going to be just tough enough to keep this from being a massive first season under Matt Wells.
The passing game will still rule the day, but like the Utah State offense last year under Wells, the ground attack will play a big role creating a bit more balance.
On the other side, the defense isn’t going to be a brick wall, but it’ll be more disruptive, and it should create a slew of takeaways. As long as the secondary can start coming up with a few more stops – just don’t have the second-worst pass D in America again, Texas Tech – this will be a successful season. However …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
Guarantee a 2-0 start with Montana and UTEP to kick things off, but then it gets way too tricky with five road games in the next seven outings. As good as the Red Raiders might be, going to Arizona, Oklahoma, Baylor and West Virginia will be a problem, and dealing with a revamped, Les Miles-led Kansas team in Lawrence might not be a picnic.
And there’s a trip to Texas to close out the regular season.
And there are home games against Oklahoma State, Iowa State, TCU and Kansas State.
The Red Raiders can win four of the remaining games. There’s too much experience and upside not to.