Texas Tech Betting Odds Preview
The Texas Tech Red Raiders got off to a promising start last season, but finished just 8-5 SU and 6-7 ATS after ending the year on a 2-4 SU and 0-6 ATS skid. With a new head coach and quarterback at the helm, the Red Raiders will try to stay competitive in 2013.
After getting off to a 6-1 SU and ATS start including upset wins over West Virginia and TCU, the Texas Tech Red Raiders were generating some national buzz. But it went sour from there as the Red Raiders finished the regular season 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS, and then were spurned by head coach Tommy Tuberville, who took the Cincinnati Bearcats job. Fan favorite and offensive mastermind Kliff Kingsbury takes over at head coach this year.
Kingsbury has enjoyed success as the offensive coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M, and his hiring means we should expect to see plenty more of the Red Raiders’ signature offense, which finished second in the nation in passing yards with 355.9 per game last year and 20th in scoring with 37.5 points per game. Quarterback Seth Doege graduated, but sophomore Michael Brewer and true freshman Davis Webb both look like excellent dual-threat options that should be able to run Kingsbury’s high-octane offense.
The big concern is on defense. The team returns eight starters and fared well against the pass last season, but was dead last in the country in turnover ratio and 92nd in points against allowing 31.8 points per game. There is enough talent returning that there won’t necessarily be a huge drop off, but a new defensive coordinator and a new scheme will likely not be able to turn things around overnight in the high-octane Big 12.
Texas Tech looks like most teams in the conference with an explosive passing attack and a vulnerable defense. The Red Raiders will win some shootouts, but breaking in a new quarterback, head coach, and defensive scheme will likely leave the team a tier below the conference’s elite.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 11
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500