Texas Tech Red Raiders: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Texas Tech Red Raiders: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Texas Tech Red Raiders: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Texas Tech College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction

This is when the rebuild/reload is supposed to kick in – and it had better.

Texas Tech caught two big breaks. First, the extra year of senior eligibility rule is massive, otherwise it would’ve been a total redo on the defensive side. Yeah, everyone is benefiting from the one more season thing, but the Red Raiders now get just about everyone back on a D that needs improving.

The other big positive was getting Tyler Shough from Oregon. The former Duck quarterback is hardly perfect, and he’s still going to need a bit of time and tuning – he doesn’t even have the job locked down – but any time you get a quarterback who has first round NFL Draft pick upside to run your high-powered attack, you’re pleased.

It also helps to get an offensive coordinator in former Red Raider QB Sonny Cumbie to come over from TCU to make it all go.

Set The Texas Tech Regular Season Win Total At … 7

It’s Year Three under head coach Mike Wells, and this year there’s no real excuse to not at least be more interesting and be off to a decent bowl game.

The non-conference slate – Houston, Stephen F. Austin, FIU – is light and breezy enough to blow through, there’s the Kansas free space game, and there’s more then enough experience and talent on both sides of the ball to not be at least 3-6 in the Big 12.

More than anything else, Wells has to show that this thing is working. Texas Tech has to look like it’s on the verge of being a player in the Big 12, but …

Shough is probably off to the NFL next year and most of the defense will likely have to be replaced.

After going 8-14 in two seasons, 2021 has to be Texas Tech’s year under Wells.

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