College Sports: Best-case and worst-case scenarios for Texas Tech in the 2017 college football season 


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Akshay Mirchandani


With the college football season just days away now, let’s take a look at the best-case scenario and worst-case scenario Texas Tech could face this season.

Best-case scenario

The Red Raiders win their three nonconference games to begin the season 3-0. Quarterback Nic Shimonek has the Texas Tech offense humming and near the top of the Big 12, while the defense looks slightly improved over last year. But the Red Raiders’ flaws are revealed in Big 12 play, with losses to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and West Virginia early on.

Texas Tech enters the month of November at 5-3, and beats Baylor at AT&T Stadium and TCU at home, while losing to Kansas State and Texas to go 7-5. The Red Raiders win their bowl game to finish the season at 8-5 overall as Kliff Kingsbury keeps his job.

Worst-case scenario

The drop-off from Patrick Mahomes to Shimonek is significant and noticeable and the defense looks just as bad if not worse than last season, as Texas Tech stumbles out of the gate at 1-2. Oklahoma State blows out the Red Raiders in Lubbock to begin Big 12 play, but Texas Tech rebounds with a win over Kansas.

The Red Raiders suffer another ugly loss to West Virginia on the road before beating Iowa State for homecoming. But another blowout loss comes against Oklahoma at home. Texas Tech loses three out of their four final games to end the season at 4-8. The offense is not good enough to compensate for another bad defense, and Kingsbury is out as head coach.

Prediction

Texas Tech enters Big 12 play at 3-0, needing only three more wins for bowl eligibility. The Red Raiders will grab wins over Kansas and Iowa State, and can punch their postseason ticket with a win over either Baylor or TCU.

Their offense is still able to put up points, but the defense, while slightly improved, still can’t hang with the league’s elite teams and offenses. Still, it’s good enough to go 6-6, get to a bowl game and potentially save Kingsbury’s job.

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