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Chuck Carlton's Big 12 football preview: Slew of new quarterbacks will be front and (under) center

Tech may or may not win, but its coach will look good With a new quarterback, a new system and holes to fill, six to seven wins and a bowl might be nice debut for Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury


Per the Ubbinator..A spring miracle in Lubbock. Injuries have just been a constant for the last few years. Every spring and fall, it's been surgery after surgery, injury after injury. Not this year.

CFN 2013 First Look Rankings for the Big12 the bottom half that is..

Its really early for predictions but.."How much fun will the Kliff Kingsbury era be? The fan base is charged up to have one of its heroes at the helm – the faithful never really took to Tommy Tuberville – and the team has enough pieces in place to be better, especially on defense."

Season report card: Texas Tech Red Raiders by ESPN's Ubben

Texas Tech's offense goes as its quarterback goes. Seth Doege filled up the stat sheet this season, but his 16 interceptions were the most in the Big 12. The team raced out to a 6-1 start and 3-1 in Big 12 play, but the offense's inconsistency held the team back during its late-season slide.

College FootBall News predicts the outcome of the Meineke Car Care Bowl

Texas Tech will win if … it can make this a shootout. Minnesota doesn’t have the personnel to keep up in any sort of a firefight with a passing game that’s averaging just 171 yards per game and isn’t getting anything moving down the field. Yes, the Gophers are 11th in the nation in pass defense, but that’s because they haven’t faced anyone who throws the ball since dealing with Syracuse in mid-September.

CFN prognostication for Week 12 - Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

"Can Texas Tech get to 41 points? The offense is 18th in the nation in scoring averaging 39 points per game scoring 41 or more six times on the season – all wins. Oklahoma State has allowed 41 points or more three times and lost all three games, and won the six times it didn’t."

Texas Tech at Kansas State by CFN

"Here’s The Deal: Welcome to the spotlight, Kansas State.. While it seems like the Big 12 has been around forever, Texas Tech and Kansas State, former members of the Southwest Conference and Big 8, respectively, have only played each other 12 times with the first matchup coming in 1933, when KSU was in the Big 6 and Tech was in the Border Conference. Last year, the Wildcats won a 41-34 thriller, but the Red Raiders won the previous five games, mostly in wild blowouts. If this is a double-digit win on either side, this year, it’s going to be a really big deal."

TCU offense responds to Patterson's challenge

"One of the biggest keys for TCU's win at Baylor was the ability to sustain long drives. Much of that credit goes to the offensive line and running backs B.J. Catalon and Aundre Dean, who led the Frogs to 248 yards on the ground, their best day rushing since the opener against Grambling State. Matthew Tucker, who is nursing an ankle injury, only rushed four times for 21 yards, all in the first half. Patterson said the offense went with Catalon and Dean more in the second half because they were running better, not because Tucker's injury was hindering his ability." Read more here:

Dismissed Tech linebacker reinstated to team

"Cobb was arrested Aug. 19 on suspicion of felony burglary of a habitation, but Tuberville said Monday the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney's office brought no charges against him. He rejoined the team Sunday. "He's been cleared by the district attorney. No wrongdoing whatsoever," Tuberville said. "

Week 7 Predictions by CFN - West Virginia at Texas Tech

"Texas Tech has been solid in a bounceback season, at least so far, but the offense didn’t do enough against Oklahoma and the defense couldn’t hold up in a 41-20 loss. With four of the last six games on the road – and with Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma State still to deal with – the Red Raiders need to come up with the home win and need to come through with the biggest win under Tommy Tuberville since the shocker over the Sooners last season."

Big 12 Upset Alert: Week 6 - Tech vs OU

Per the Ubbinator "You think Texas Tech's resume is light on accomplishments? Uh, take a look at Oklahoma. Granted, the Sooners have played just three games and sat through a pair of bye weeks, but the Sooners' best win of the season is a 17-point struggle on the road at UTEP. "

CFN review of the Cyclones Game

"Ernst Brun caught the ball near midfield, but the ball popped out after he was drilled by D.J. Johnson. Cornelius Douglas brought the ball back to Iowa State's 9-yard line, and after a holding penalty, Doege found Ward for the score."

CFN:Week 5 – Texas Tech at Iowa State a prognostication

"Here’s The Deal: There’s little margin for error in the Big 12, and for these two unbeatens, it’s a must win to realistically be alive in the title chase. Is Texas Tech the real deal? It’s hard to tell after blowing away Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico. The offense has been the Texas Tech offense, and the defense leads the nation in yards allowed and pass defense, but again, Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico."

At A Cross-Rhoads: Will 2012 Be Different?

"We all know how the rest of that season went, though, and that brings us to this week. Texas Tech is also trying to flip the script from 2011. At 5-2 and coming off a shocking upset of Oklahoma, the Red Raiders were enjoying a promising season. Then the Cyclones came to Lubbock and butt trounced those bastards and Tech never recovered, finishing 5-7."

Texas Tech hot in blowout over Texas State by CFN

"Facing a Big 12 school on home turf for the first time, the Bobcats (1-1) fell behind 28-0 and didn't score until starting quarterback Shaun Rutherford was pulled and backup Tyler Arndt threw a 25-yard TD pass to Terrence Franks with less than 11 minutes left in the first half."

2012 CFN Big 12 Week 1 Roundup ..

Lots of quick hits on all the Big12 teams who played..


The thing(s) that would most surprise the Raider fan base and possibly the Coaches.

What’s in the cards for exemplary performance for you Red Raider in 2012? I’d like this one in the trophy case - The Broyles Award is an annual award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football. First awarded in 1996, it was named after former University of Arkansas men's athletic director Frank Broyles.

Texas Tech Football | Baylor Bears Preview by Seth C.

Your fellow SBN bloggers invite some discussion. What say you ?

Looking at the Week One Spreads in the Big 12 by the Turfburner - Jay Beck

Northwestern State @ Texas Tech "Let's hope Northwestern State isn't looking past Texas Tech to their game with Arkansas-Monticello the following week. Wait, never mind."

Coach Fran's Bobcats: New season, new level, new league, high hopes

"Just don't misconstrue that assessment and think Fran believes his team could stay on the field with the Crimson Tide or the Aggies. But know that he's cautiously optimistic about Texas State's prospects as it prepares for an inaugural Division I Football Bowl Subdivision season in the program's 108-year history."

The CFN Preview of the Big12

"Team That'll Surprise Texas Tech – It’s all about the consistency. The offense will be the Texas Tech offense, and it should be better with veteran Seth Doege leading the way, but it has to work on a regular basis after going into the tank over the second half of last year. Nothing is a given considering the struggles, but if all goes according to plan, Tech should be able to start out 3-0 against Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico before getting a week off to prepare for Iowa State."


So now the official disrespect begins

Texas Tech Red Raiders Been much discussed and cussed but our friends at College Football News have dropped this lovely nugget onto the world wide web. Tech wallows around in the bottom third of...

Texas State Bobcats Preview by CFN

"With seven starters back on offense and nine returning on D, the potential is there to hang around with almost anyone in the league as long as the running game is rolling. But can Franchione ask for even more? Is there enough talent to be one of the sleepers in the title chase? "

CFN's Preview 2012 Teams that could surprise and Tech made the list

It’s all about the consistency. The offense will be the Texas Tech offense, and it should be better with veteran Seth Doege leading the way, but it has to work on a regular basis after going into the tank over the second half of last year.

Special Teams will rebound by RRS.Com

Texas Tech's specialists were above average to good last season, but mistakes at critical points by coverage and protection units marred the team's overall special teams performance last season. The Red Raiders should be better on that side of the ball in 2012, but the real test will be whether or not the special teams units can avoid the kind of back-breaking and game-altering gaffes that have plagued the team for the last two seasons. THE BASICS Returning Starters: Ryan Erxleben (12) Others Returning: David Brenner, Ryan Bustin, Alex Chester, Kramer Fyfe Newcomers: Trent Williams Departures: Donnie Carona, Bradley Hicks, Jesse Smitherman

Preview: by - O line is a Question mark

"Texas Tech's offensive line was arguably one of the team's biggest disappointments of 2011. The unit was thought to be a strength of the offense heading into the season, but ended up falling well short of those expectations. Due to a lack of much returning experience, the Red Raiders' offensive line was a cause of some worry during the spring, but the transfer of former Texas A&M starter Brian Thomas seems to have alleviated a lot of those concerns." Preview:Tech has logjam at Wide Reciever

"We're solid with our receivers," quarterback Seth Doege said. "We have some of the best receivers in the country. Eric Ward is coming back and is very explosive, but we also have Darrin Moore, Marcus Kennard and Javon Bell on the outside. They're all really talented and could be the No. 1 guy almost anywhere else. We have a bunch of guys on the outside that can really make plays. " "Texas Tech's receiving corps should be the deepest position on the team this fall. In fact, this is arguably the deepest the Red Raiders have been at receiver in five-plus years. The team isn't as top-heavy as it has been in years past with an obvious Wes Welker, Joel Filani or Michael Crabtree-like headliner but, unlike years past, there isn't a dramatic drop from the top to the bottom of the rotation."


What we are worried about

What three things can Tech improve to dramatically improve their chances for becoming Bowl elgible?

The Running Backs Battle:Free story with Video from Red Raider

"I'm lucky that I have another opportunity to play again," an upbeat (Eric)Stephens said. "It was disappointing but I think everything happens for a reason and I have the chance to get to that 1,000 (yard) mark this year. I have another year and that's all that really matters now."

Big 12 Media Days - The Big Questions by CFN

"What does Tommy Tuberville have to do to keep his job? There’s still a sizable portion of the fan base that still can’t figure out why Mike Leach is the head coach at Washington State instead of at Texas Tech, but the chance is there for Tuberville to change around a rocky first two seasons and.."

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