Both starting quarterbacks passed for 300-plus yards and four touchdowns in their last meeting, and reaching the end zone shouldn't be a concern for the two teams this season, either. Bethel could tilt the outcome in Texas Techâs favor with a strong performance. 1 Texas Tech will win five home games. If Mahomes does win the job, his mobility in the pocket will help keep broken plays alive for the Red Raiders. Year two of the Kliff Kingsbury era left many fans desiring more and the head coach ready to quickly move forward. Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma after the 2012 season after he lost the starting job in Lubbock to Webb. Look for Texas Tech to put UTEP away in the third quarter inside the comforts of Jones AT&T Stadium.Texas Tech 38, UTEP 24, Last meeting: Arkansas 49, Texas Tech 28 on Sept. 13, 2014. Jakeem Grant, a shifty slot receiver, also mentioned he specifically looks for Gaines in team drills because he feels Gaines is the best cornerback in coverage. Brian Jean-Mary (2nd year linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator), Tommie Robinson (2nd year running backs coach), Jeff Traylor (1st year tight ends/special teams coordinator), Chris Vaughn (2nd year defensive backs coach), This page was last edited on 26 September 2020, at 17:45. Johnson fits right into the Gibbs mold. The former Whitehouse star set a Big 12 freshman record, passing for 598 yards and six touchdowns, in the two-point loss. Tech will win five home games because Kansas State has faced as much, if not more, roster turnover than the Red Raiders. However he will be a big body who can eat up space. Mayfield could be the quarterback who suits up for the Sooners this year; Webb also could end up making a spot start or winning the job for the Red Raiders. Washington leads Texas Tech in wild win over Texas 48-45. Three games remain following Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, and the Red Raiders can begin to position themselves for a bowl appearance by beating the Pokes for the first time since 2008. An emphasis on red-zone efficiency could translate to a closer scoring differential for Texas Tech next season. With college football finally on the doorstep, hereâs a look at the 2015 Texas Tech Red Raiders: Senior Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington rushed for 1,103 yards last year. We have talked about the 2016 predicament of both lines before, but still hasn't become less daunting. I would expect us to add a couple of more high schoolers which will hopefully make for very solid back-to-back offensive line recruiting classes. Itâs not outside the realm of possibility that Texas Tech could upset either TCU or Baylor solely based on location. In the aftermath of the bowl game, Strong described it as well as a 10–48 loss to TCU a month prior an "embarrassment to the program" and stated that a competition between players for the quarterback position as well as other positions was needed to improve the team as a whole after quarterback Tyrone Swoopes received heavy criticism following the game. Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline ran the offense.  Among Texas' recruits in 2015 were a group of five players from Florida who visited Texas in 2014 as they played West Virginia in Austin. Washington had his best game of the season on the road last year against Iowa State. Next season though, watch out. We currently have four defensive lineman committed to the 2016, one is Mychealon Thomas a JUCO commit. Last season Madison made seven starts for the Red Raiders, recorded an interception and led all freshmen in tackles. In reviewing the roster and depth chart, what struck me is how young and untested both lines will be come the 2016 season. The Big 12âs leading rusher from last season, Samaje Perine, carved up the Red Raidersâ defense in last seasonâs loss with 2132 yards and three scores. These rankings also placed Texas as having the best recruiting class in the Big 12 Conference. Robertson was able to sack Boykin once in the loss. Clark and center Jared Kaster add stability and consistency to the group. The Red Raiders need to cut down on turnovers and penalties on offense. With an offensive line vowing to help push the senior toward his goal of 2,500 all-purpose yards, itâs feasible he will cross the end zone more than twice. Because of his injury, the starting quarterback (whichever one) gets hurt. Oklahoma 31, Texas Tech 23. With those guys and the addition of spring transfer Paul Stawarz, I actually think the offensive line will be strong towards the end of the 2016 season as they gain experience because the talent is there. 4 Tech will improve in red zone. Webbâs season would end on that play after hurting his left shoulder while diving for extra yards. Both teams turned the ball over in a fairly close game, and Johnsonâs ability to take the football away again will help Texas Tech put Oklahoma State away at home. Last meeting: Baylor 48, Texas Tech 46 on Nov. 29, 2014. Although the quarterback situation has not quite been ironed out, a stout offensive line featuring three seniors, including preseason All-Big 12 left tackle LeâRaven Clark, eases the timeline of identifying a go-to signal caller. The Red Raiders rushed for 46 yards on 14 carries (3.3 yards per carry) and punter Taylor Symmank, who typically sends the ball off his foot rather than tuck it under his chest, gained four of those yards. Analysis, predictions, more for Texas, OU, Baylor, TCU and more. In a best-case scenario, the Red Raiders open their season 2-1 with a road loss against Arkansas. The Red Raiders will utilize a rotation of defensive linemen, but Levi will be relied upon as a run-stopper and could transform Texas Techâs rushing defense along with Keland McElrath, Breiden Fehoko and the rest of the front seven. (Photo by Matt Strasen/Special contributor). Texas Tech released their post-spring roster and depth chart late last week. Kansas State has experienced roster turnover, and the Wildcats also must travel to Lubbock, equating to two wins for the Red Raiders. Texas Tech 38, Oklahoma State 31. For example, a 3rd-and-14 against TCU where quarterback Davis Webb scrambled for a 15-yard gain to pick up a first down for the Red Raiders, only to have the play called back because of holding. Here is the projected two-deep for Texas Tech. Key player: QB Patrick Mahomes. Prediction: Despite a spirited effort from Texas Techâs defense the Red Raiders struggle to move the football, giving West Virginia back-to-back wins in the series. Leviâs noted weight loss will help the senior stay on the field and play more snaps, thus helping Texas Techâs defensive line in one of its biggest areas of concern. The sophomore is currently battling Justis Nelson for Texas Techâs second cornerback spot, but thereâs no doubt Gibbs will find a way to work Madison into the game if Nelson does win the job.
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