Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Details
Kliff Kingsbury took over the Texas Tech program in 2013, and things have certainly been interesting down in Lubbock. The Red Raiders continue to run the “Air Raid Offense,” which has become a staple in college football. This team spreads the offense out and takes as many shots down the field as the quarterback can handle. Texas Tech knows that it is not going to be able to out-recruit some of college football’s biggest programs, so the team must play a unique style. It has been successful thus far, as the Red Raiders have won some big games with their ability to put up huge numbers. They have been inside the top five in points per game for two straight seasons, and Kingsbury will have this team ready to continue scoring for as long as he is around. And while the fans at Jones AT&T Stadium have never had a Red Raiders team win a national title, the team does have 11 conference titles. That’s a number that could rise in the near future.
With Pat Mahomes II now with the Chiefs in Kansas City, Nic Shimonek is the starting quarterback for the Red Raiders. This is one of the most coveted jobs in the world, as Kingsbury asks a lot of his QBs. He certainly puts them in positions to succeed, and Shimonek is a very talented player. He played briefly in 2016, throwing for six touchdowns and only one pick on 58 passing attempts. Now that it's his offense, it wouldn’t be shocking if he replicated the numbers that Mahomes put up in Lubbock. As is always the case with this team, Texas Tech’s record will come down to whether or not this defense can get stops. It has improved in recent years, and that's perhaps the best cause for optimism for this team.