1. College Football News Preview 2020: Texas Tech Red Raiders Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
Can Matt Wells turn this whole thing around after just one year?
The problem is the rut the program is in overall.
The high-powered offensive passing style is fun, and it’s flashy, but did it win Big 12 championships when Mike Leach was at the helm? No.
Did it rip up the college football world when Patrick Mahomes was running the attack? Not really.
When was the last time the program won what would be now considered a New Year’s Six Bowl – Rose, Sugar, Orange, Peach, Cotton, Fiesta? How about never, and the closest it came was in a 6-6 tie to Vanderbilt back in the 1974 Peach.
That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been success – it won nine of its last 13 bowl games – and the offense really has been fantastic, but Wells has to be able to take what’s in place and tweak it.
The defense can’t continue to be totally miserable. There can be a running game – Wells’s 2018 Utah State team ran for 2,641 yards and 37 touchdowns – and it might actually work.
Something has to change.
Set The Texas Tech Red Raiders Regular Season Win Total At … 6.5
As is, if Texas Tech can keep on going with the big-time passing game, and with a defense that’s hit-or-miss, it can get to a bowl game.
As long as there’s a healthy and steady quarterback, the offense will continue to be great, and there’s enough experience returning to make the defense just a wee bit better. Throw in what should be one of the Big 12’s best kicking games, and the Red Raiders will be stronger.
They lost four games last year by three points or fewer in a 4-8 season – they can and will be at least two wins better.