2012 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Preview
2011 Record: 5-7 (2-7 Big 12)
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville, third season (13-12 at Texas Tech) (123-72 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 20
Spring Game: March 24th (Black 25 Red 19)
Notes: Texas Tech’s streak of 11 straight bowl appearances was snapped last season, when the Red Raiders lost 66-42 to Baylor. That loss, in Arlington, gave Texas Tech their seventh loss, assuring them of missing the postseason. Texas Tech began the season 4-0, but lost seven of their last eight games, with the lone win coming on the road against Oklahoma. Tuberville is under contract through 2015, although he could come under fire if he has another less than stellar season in Lubbock.
BVTSB Take: Texas Tech has long been known for an emphasis on the pass, especially under then-Coach Mike Leach. Senior quarterback Seth Doege is back under center. Doege put up over 4000 yards passing, throwing for 28 touchdowns. He’s going to need to be much more consistent though, as he only had six touchdowns and six interceptions in his last five games (compared with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions in his first seven games); Tech was 0-5 in those games. Running back Eric Stephens, who rushed for an average of 5.2 yards per carry and eight touchdowns, returns for his senior season. His rushing totals and carries were slightly down in 2011, largely due to the Red Raiders being in large deficits. The top three receiving leaders for Texas Tech – Eric Ward, Alex Torres, and Darrin Moore – who combined for over 1900 yards receiving and 23 touchdowns, all return in 2012. Certainly, there won’t be a shortage of targets for Doege this year. Last season, the Red Raiders were 3-0 in non-conference, beating Texas State, New Mexico, and Nevada. This year, the non-conference schedule is even weaker, with games against Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico. Like last season, the Big 12 will be a true round robin. Instead of games against Texas A&M and Missouri, Texas Tech will face TCU and West Virginia. Texas Tech hasn’t faced TCU since 2006, in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs won 12-3, although Texas Tech has won 10 of the last 13 meetings, dating back to 1985. Outside of the game against Kansas, the Red Raiders could struggle against this season, despite having the highest number of returning starters in the Big 12. I think Texas Tech will make the postseason in 2012, but it will be very close, especially if the defense doesn’t improve.
2012 Early Projection: 6-6
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