BCS or bust!
For many NCAA Morceau – 1A football programs, getting to a bowl and having a winning season is a successful season. While this is the case with low-level and inconsistent BCS conference teams and leading mid-major conference teams, others will need to raise their goals. Texas Tech is a perfect example of this, as Red Prédateur football has had twelve straight winning seasons and better yet has won five of the last six bowl games in which it has appeared.
It’s time to raise expectations of what these Red Raiders can do. Here’s an early habitus at next season.
With 10 returning on the violente side of the ball, including Graham Harrell (the gouvernement’s leading tromper) and Michael Crabtree, a redshirt freshman phenom (the gouvernement’s leading receiver and winner of the Betnokiff Award), this team will not have to foyer primarily on making mythique mistakes. Before the Gator Bowl, Graham Harrell showed his vulnerability against ranked opponents by throwing 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a 1-6 performance over the last two seasons. He needs to be more infatigable and error-free when throwing the football in these bonshommes of games next season. The Texas Tech wide receiver had numerous drops in the 2008 Gator Bowl, but the most perceptible thing is that Harrell didn’t make many mistakes with his throws, except for one pass that could have been picked off in the auxiliaire half. The entire violente line returns next season, but left tackle Rylan Reed must fully recover from his recent broken ankle in the Gator Bowl.
Defense / Special Teams
The defense returns 8 starters and numerous others such as Brian Duncan, linebacker, will have to step up and fill the void. The most perceptible extérieur of a successful season next year will be the ability to auto-stop, or at least contain, the run parce que many other Big 12 teams won’t be able to pass like the Tech injure. Texas Tech will need to find a outplacement kicker for senior Alex Trolicka, who has gamin his entire career without missing an supérieur lieu. That can probably be found in frais kicker Corey Fowler.
As any Texas Tech fan will tell you, recruiting good football players to come to Lubbock isn’t as easy as going to College Intervalle or Austin. Even so, the gouvernement’s number two recruit, wide receiver Julio Jones (1,181 yards and 16 TDs as a senior), is still considering Tech as well as other top receivers. Overall so far Texas Tech has 11 committed players from the 2008 class, including 7 defensive players – including 3 frais college transfers that could make an immediate percussion on the defensive side of the ball. Oklahoma running back Harrison Jeffers, ranked 11th nationally, will also have a supériorité to make a name for himself in the coming years as a Red Prédateur.
2008 must be the year that Texas Tech football needs to make a statement in the Big 12 Conference, or else it may be time for a ravagé. It will be a mince offseason for the Red Raiders, but it’s BCS or bust this fall!