College Sports: Sports Illustrated bold predictions: Texas Tech will not be awful on defense


Akshay Mirchandani

Texas Tech had the worst defense among FBS teams last season, finishing dead last in total defense and scoring defense. Even the Red Raiders’ explosive offense couldn’t mask the flaws on the defensive side of the ball, which led to a disappointing 5-7 season. 

But Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated thinks Texas Tech is due for a defensive turnaround this season. In the bold prediction section of SI’s “2017 College Football Crystal Ball,” Feldman says the Red Raiders “will not be awful on defense.”

“The Red Raiders have added some athletic DBs and now have some continuity in David Gibbs’s system,” Feldman writes. “I’m not saying they’ll be the ’85 Bears, but for the first time since 2013 they won’t have one of the five-worst defenses in FBS.”

Texas Tech returns seven starters on defense this season, including its leading tackler in linebacker Jordyn Brooks. They also added three junior defensive backs through junior college transfers. Octavious Morgan, Jaylon Lane and Vaughnte Dorsey were all near the top of team’s post-spring depth chart. 

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