This afternoon, Rivals.com's Mike Huguenin released what he thinks is the #37 team in the nation, Texas Tech. Huguenin finished his preview of the REd Raiders with this:
The middle of the schedule is a monster, and the Red Raiders need to win at least once during that tough stretch to ensure that their bowl streak begins again. This looks like a seven-win team, with eight victories a possibility if the run defense toughens up (from 258.8 ypg to somewhere in the 170s or 180s would be nice).
Earlier this week, Pre-Snap Read's Paul Myerberg thought that Texas Tech is the #61 team in the nation. I also mentioned earlier this week that Vegas released the win totals for six Big 12 teams , but Texas Tech was not one of those teams.
I don't think that really anyone has a clue as to what to think or where to rank Texas Tech. Everyone is pretty sure about the offense, but don't have a clue about the defense. Maybe it's just me, but I get the feeling that the national writers just can't imagine that the defense is going to be that bad again and that a marginal improvement can help a lot (i.e. from a 5 win team to a 7 or 8 win team).
Ultimately, I think it's interesting Myerberg and Huguenin vary 24 spots on where they think the Red Raiders are as a team and this is why I think that Texas Tech is college football's biggest question mark.