Red Raiders of Texas Tech 2015-16 Team Preview

Texas Tech PreviewWith the NCAA Football season coming upon us, we look back at the 2014 college football season, and look at the Big 12 and the team, the Red Raiders of Texas Tech, that apparently could not remember who to play defense. Now they have hired a brand new coordinator of defense in K. Kingsbury and the fans look for a team that can accommodate an excellent defense as well as offense that will improve their 2014 record of 4 wins and 8 losses.

In taking a look at the Red Raiders of Texas Tech for the 2015-16 seasons, if their defense and performed as desired the Red Raiders could have done better than their 0 wins and 4 losses in the Big 12. They ended the season at 10th of overall offense at 505.1 yards per game, but were 56th in scoring at 30.4, a result of their team play which ranked them overall 118th for margin on turnovers.

That poor play very likely will change this season with 9 starters returning on offense, along with 8 starters on defense. 4 of the 9 on offense are lineman. RB D. Washington will lead his partners who averaged some 154 yards per game in 2014. Then the receivers should be strong once again with senior receiver J. Grant who had 7 TD’s and 938 reception yardage, while junior D. Lauderdale will also share the receiving duties this season.

The Texas Tech coach stated soon he would decide between D. Webb and P. Mahomes regarding the starting QB for this season. QB Webb started last season and then had an injury to his shoulder. Before the injury he had passed for 24 TD’s while passing for some 2,540 yards, and then QB Mahomes took over for QB Webb as he passed for 16 TD’s with 1,548 yards passing.

What the Red Raiders really need in 2015 is a complete change in their defense schemes. Thus, former Houston defensive coordinator has the job of reestablishing a formidable defense for the Raiders, who last season allowed the opponents dome 41.4 points each game. At his disposal for the task is P. Robertson who led the conference with some 12 sacks in 2014 and in the secondary 2 players with experience in CB N. Bethel and safety K. Ward. Thus, the defense is a big question for the Red Raiders for this 2015 upcoming season.

If defense is an answer for this 2015 season then DE P. Robertson is an important part of the plan, and an instrument to success. DE Roberson has the ability to also play LB and can provide consistent defensive pressure on the opposing teams. Not only did he lead the conference in sacks, he was 2nd on fumbles forced with 3, and was 4th in making tackles for losses with some 158 tackles. Their DC has to be very happy having Robertson on his defensive roster.

A key game this season for the Red Raiders will be their game with TCU on the 26th of September 2015, to see how much they have improved from last season, as in 2014 the TCU Horned Frogs scalped the Raiders with a crushing score of 82 to 27.

For those that Bet on College football at SBG sportsbook, the prediction is that the Red Raiders of Texas Tech will finish the 2015 season with 7 wins and 6 losses overall, and in the Big 12 they will win 4 and lose 5 games this season.