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Texas Tech Football: Open Scrimmage Announced; Preseason SP+ Big 12 Rankings

The season is getting closer.

Texas Tech announced that they would hold a Fan Day on August 21st for a 90 minute open scrimmage starting at 2:00 p.m.

I don’t recall the program doing this before. I think it is an opportunity to maybe sell some tickets and get people excited about the program. I’d like to think that the program needs to build some excitement and I appreciate the program trying to do something rather than the same thing every time.

Also am thinking that Holgorsen might send someone to watch, right?

ESPN’s Bill Connelly released his updated SP+ and I’m going to list the Big 12 teams:

3. Oklahoma
7. Iowa State
20. Texas
27. Oklahoma State
35. TCU
43. West Virginia
49. Baylor
61. Kansas State
70. Texas Tech
119. Kansas

This is not encouraging, but it is only one metric. Hold onto your butts.

Dallas Morning News’ Scott Bell has a big preview of Texas Tech, so go click on the whole thing, but here’s a bit:

Why Texas Tech could be better
The Red Raiders haven’t gotten consistent QB play since Kliff Kingsbury was fired. The offseason addition of Tyler Shough, one of the Pac-12′s top QBs last fall, could change their fortunes. Shough was one of the top QB options in the transfer portal this offseason, and his proven track record combined with the fact that he hasn’t shown a tendency to be injury prone could be just what Texas Tech needs for an injection of stability on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, Texas Tech benefitted greatly from the NCAA’s decision to grant players an extra year of eligibility. Multiple “super seniors” should do wonders for the experience level on defense.

Why Texas Tech could be worse
Texas Tech is coming off a 4-6 season in 2020, but that record might have been pretty close to the team’s ceiling that fall. The Red Raiders won all three of the games they played that were decided by a field goal or less (a 35-33 win over Houston Baptist, a 24-23 win over Baylor and a 16-13 win over Kansas — all at home). On the flip side, Texas Tech’s margins of defeat came by an average of more than two touchdowns per game. With most of the Red Raiders’ losses coming in convincing fashion (the heartbreaking loss to Texas being the exception) and all of their wins coming in close, tight matchups, you could argue the results from a year ago that are most likely to change could be some of the wins rather than the losses.

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