Texas Tech Red Raiders 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Texas Tech Red Raiders 2016 Preview
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders had an average season in 2015 and will be looking for a little more consistency on both sides of the ball. Texas Tech finished 7-6 and lost in the 2015 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against LSU by a score of 56-27.
Overview: Kliff Kingsbury and the Texas Tech Red Raiders had a lot of success on the offensive end in 2015, but will have to replace a lot of that talent in 2016. The Texas Tech defense was terrible last season and will need to improve if Texas Tech wants to be taken seriously this season.
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Offense: Eric Morris and the Texas Tech offense will look to put up similar numbers that they achieved in 2015. The Texas Tech offense averaged 45.1 points per game with 191.3 rushing yards and 388.2 passing yards per game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be back in 2016 after throwing for 4,653 yards and 36 touchdowns last season. Mahomes also ran for 456 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. Texas Tech lost their leading rusher from last year and will look to Justin Stockton to take over the lead back role. Stockton rushed for 367 yards and 5 touchdowns a year ago. The leading receiver for Texas Tech, Jakeem Grant, from last season is also gone. Texas Tech will look towards Ian Sadler and Devin Lauderdale to replace Grant on the receiving end.
Defense: David Gibbs and the Texas Tech defense will look to forget about the disastrous 2015 season and improve for the upcoming season. The Texas Tech defense allowed 43.6 points per game with 280.5 rushing yards and 267.2 passing yards per game last season. Texas Tech allowed over 40 points in 8 of their 13 games last season. Micah Awe will be back at linebacker after tallying 126 tackles last season. J.J. Gaines will return at defensive back after having 81 tackles and 4 interceptions last season. Jah’Shawn Johnson had 85 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2015 and will also be returning at defensive back.
Special Teams: Clayton Hatfield will be the place kicker for Texas Tech after going 14-16 last season. Texas Tech lost their main punter from last season, but will look to Michael Barden to fill that role. Texas Tech will also be looking to replace the returning position, which shouldn’t be hard considering all of the electrifying speed on the roster.
Outlook: Texas Tech will have another good offensive year with Mahomes at the helm, but I am still worried about their poor defense. I think Texas Tech will definitely make it to a bowl game, but I don’t see them getting more than 6 or 7 wins this season, unless their defense steps up.
Sept. 3 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Sept. 10 at Arizona State
Sept. 17 LOUISIANA TECH
Oct. 1 KANSAS
Oct. 8 at Kansas State
Oct. 15 WEST VIRGINIA
Oct. 22 OKLAHOMA
Oct. 29 at TCU
Nov. 5 TEXAS
Nov. 12 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 19 at Iowa State
Nov. 25 vs. Baylor* (Arlington)