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Quick Look: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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The Red Raiders are just 2-5 in conference play this season, but weird things are possible in Lubbock.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve come to that week in the season where my wife, who hates football and pays almost zero attention to her alma mater, decides her time is best spent relentlessly reminding me that TCU is 2-3 against the Red Raiders since joining the Big 12.

Please God, let that change on Saturday.

Texas Tech’s Record

5-5, 2-5 (last week: defeated Baylor 38-24). The Red Raiders knocked off Baylor in Arlington last Saturday, but if it weren’t for four Bears turnovers, that game may have ended differently. Baylor outgained Texas Tech by almost 200 yards, but self-inflicted wounds kept them from ever being closer than 10 points down after the first quarter.

Tech’s wins this season have come against teams with a combined 19-30 record, while their losses have come to teams with a combined 35-15 record. Wins over Arizona State and Houston stand out for Tech as their “signature wins” this season, but their only conference victories have come against Kansas and Baylor.

Key Players

Keke Coutee leads a dynamic receiving corps, and his speed is real. Coutee is one of the fastest players in the Big 12, and he causes legitimate problems for opposing secondaries. He’s racked up 71 receptions for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns already this season, but the depth goes well beyond him.

Receivers Dylan Cantrell and Cameron Batson both have 50+ receptions and 10 combined touchdowns, and QB Nic Shimonek has completed 70% of his passes on the season. Shimonek has completed more than 75% of his passes in five games this season, and has thrown for three or more touchdowns in five games as well.

Running back Justin Stockton has missed two of the past three games due to injury, but Tre King has done well in his absence.

Defensively, the Red Raiders have seen moderate improvement this season. That’s in large part to guys like linebacker Dakota Allen, who we all remember from Last Chance U, who currently leads the team with 73 tackles on the season. He also has 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, six passes defended, and three quarterback hits this year. He’s been all over the field.

Key Unit Matchup

TCU’s defensive line vs. Texas Tech’s offensive line. The Red Raiders have been a great offense this year when Nic Shimonek has time to throw the ball. However, he’s shown that he’s inconsistent when pressured, and he doesn’t have the mobility/escapability of Pat Mahomes (most people don’t). Texas Tech has allowed opponents to sack the quarterback 20 times this season, and you can expect the Frogs’ D line to come out hungry after recording just one sack, and very little pressure overall, against Oklahoma.