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2013 Texas Tech

College Football

Preview

Odds and Schedule

Kliff Kingsbury is back and this time as the head coach. Texas Tech returns seven starters on each side of the ball which should help mightily in Kingsbury's first season at the helm. Not to mention the Red Raiders were ranked as high as No. 14 in the AP poll last year. That seems like such a long time ago as they lost four of their last five games in conference play.

Oddsmakers aren't very high on the Red Raiders. They are listed at odds of 500 to 1 to win the BCS Title at 5 Dimes Sportsbook.

With Seth Doege out at quarterback, Michael Brewer is set to take over. There are plenty of skill players returning so Texas Tech shouldn't see much regression in Brewer's first year. Plus, Brewer was actually rated above Johnny Manziel coming out of high school if that says anything. He'll be flanked by Kenny Williams and SaDale Foster who both had over 90 carries last year. NFL talent WR Eric Ward is back for his senior season. The receiver finished with 82 grabs, 1,053 yards and 12 TDs last year. Tight end Jace Amaro should also be able to help out more after missing the last half of 2012 with an injury. The offensive line is this unit's biggest concern with a lot of new faces. If they can get things together, expect another high-powered offense from the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech may have allowed over 30 points per game last year, but Klingsbury has come out and said he likes what he sees so far. New coordinator Matt Wallerstedt brings in a new scheme, but one they should be able to handle. With their entire front seven returning, the Red Raiders are in a good position to improve. They also lost their entire secondary, but still have plenty of experience with three seniors stepping in.

2013 Texas Tech College Football Schedule

Aug. 30 at SMU
Sept. 7 vs. Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 12 vs. TCU
Sept. 21 vs. Texas State
Oct. 5 at Kansas
Oct. 12 vs. Iowa State
Oct. 19 at West Virginia
Oct. 26 at Oklahoma
Nov. 2 vs. Oklahoma State
Nov. 9 vs. Kansas State
Nov. 16 vs. Baylor (Arlington)
Nov. 28 at Texas


Much like last season, Tech could start off with a very good record and will likely be ranked fairly high midway through the year. That's what happens when your non-conference opponents are weak and you have a rather easy start to Big 12 play.

Playing rival TCU in just the third game of the season will be tough, but it is at home and they won in three overtimes at TCU last year. Next up is Kansas, Iowa State and West Virginia who many consider the three worst schools in the conference. If all goes well, a 7-0 start to the Red Raiders season could be a good possibility.

To finish, they'll have some tough games at Oklahoma and Texas to deal with, but home games against OK State and Kansas State aren't out of reach. The same can be said about Baylor with the game being at a neutral site.

Kingsbury has a nice schedule to look forward to and a lot of quality players returning to help out. It wouldn't be surprising if the Red Raiders could get to nine wins this year, a step up from 2012.




 

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