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Double-T Nation 7 hours ago

Texas Tech Historical Preseason Ranking

How has Tech fared in the preseason poll? The first official college football poll was released yesterday. The Coaches Top 25 poll listed three Big 12 teams in the Top 25. TCU was ranked at #2, Baylor at #4 and Oklahoma at #19. On a side note I saw this was the first season since 1998 that Texas was not ranked in the Top 25. Arkansas is the only other team on Tech's scheduled ranked in the Top 25 at #20. Here's a breakdown by conference: SEC: 8 Pac 12: 6 Big 12: 3 Big 10: 3 ACC: 3 Independent: 1 MWC: 1 I don't have a problem with the SEC bias. It is very similar to ESPN's east coast bias....
Double-T Nation 23 hours ago

Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 7/30

This week I take a look at the Red Raiders two newest offensive line commits and a defensive linemen who has Tech in his top 5. Texas Tech is at it again, landing two offensive line commits this week along with a 2017 QB/Athlete commit in Xavier Martin. After landing two defensive linemen last week the Red Raiders brought in two new commits to their offensive line this week. The first commit came in the form of Travis Bruffy and the next day Zach Adams committed as well. Both are projected to play OT at the next level. Along with Bruffy and Adams, I will take a look at Dallas Skyline's...
Double-T Nation Jul 30, 2015

Top 25 Coaches Poll Released

The Top 25 Coaches Poll was released this morning. The Coaches Poll was released today. There are three Big 12 teams on the poll. TCU and Baylor are #2 and #4 respectively. TCU received one first place vote. The only other Big 12 team to crack the Top 25 was Oklahoma at #19. The fourth Tech opponent in the poll is #20 Arkansas. While we know this will change dramatically over the course of the season, at least to according to this first poll one-third of Tech's opponents this season are in the Top 25. RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW 1 Ohio...
Double-T Nation Jul 30, 2015

Texas Tech History Lesson: Raider Red

This week Conner gives the history of Tech's second mascot, Raider Red! Earlier in this series, we learned about the history of the Masked Rider. As any Tech fan knows, the Masked Rider is not the only mascot for Texas Tech. I was on vacation and was unable to produce a history lesson for Monday. So today will be a combined history and visual history lesson. I hope you enjoy learning the origins of Raider Red! Raider Red was born in 1971. Prior to that year’s football season, the Southwest Conference, which Tech was a part of at the time, passed a regulation that prohibited livestock...
Double-T Nation Jul 30, 2015

Texas Tech Football Must Overcome Obstacles

What is standing in our way? What's the toughest obstacle for Tech to overcome to become a college football power? What can be done to overcome it? How can non-blue blood schools breakthrough and have multiple seasons of success, while Tech has struggled to put one really good year together? Since Spike Dykes took over as head coach in 1987, Tech has finished a season with three or less losses only four times. By comparison, Baylor has finished a season with three or less losses three times in the past four seasons. To look outside the Big 12, Michigan State has accomplished that feat four...
Double-T Nation Jul 29, 2015

Point/Counterpoint - Injuries In Football

Jonathan and Wes look at the impact that injuries have in contact sports and who is responsible for making the call to quit or continue. Wes' Point When Jonathan and I kicked around the idea for this article, the first thing that popped into my head was the movie Varsity Blues. I pictured Billy Bob asking for help and the coach bullying him back onto the field. That scenario is much less likely to happen today. There is a huge spotlight on player's health that wasn't there fifteen or twenty years ago which has caused players, coaches and administrators to quickly become educated about how...
Double-T Nation Jul 29, 2015

Raider Read (7/29): Texas Tech In The News

What's happening in the news! The SB Nation OU site ranked the Big 12 defensive lines. They ranked Tech the #4 line in the Big 12. I was pleasantly surprised our ranking was that high. I haven’t dove in head first to the defensive lines yet, but I assumed Texas, West Virginia and Kansas State were more highly thought of than the Tech line. If nothing else, Tech starts four seniors which can’t do anything but help, but not sure we have a Hassan Ridgeway type player who can dominate versus the rush and pass. Our friends at Heartland College Sports published an article a few weeks...
Double-T Nation Jul 28, 2015

Texas Tech Receives Commitment From A Virginia Offensive Lineman

Zach Adams, an offensive lineman from Fredericksburg, VA, commits to the Red Raiders today. Texas Tech gets their second offensive lineman commit in as many days. Zach Adams from Fredericksburg, VA commits to the Red Raiders. He is a 3-star lineman according to Rivals, Scout and 247. He has some impressive offers including West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, Pittsburg and Virginia. He is the fourth offensive lineman of the class and 23 commit overall. This class is getting close to full. I am not sure if they will look to add one more offensive lineman or not, but it won't be any more...
Double-T Nation Jul 28, 2015

Lubbock Eats: Quarterfinals

This week's quarterfinals matchups will see who moves on to the semi-finals to face Spanky's and Chimy's. Last week #1 Spanky's and #1 Chimy's squeaked away with 34% of the vote to move on to the semi-finals. This week we have the battle of the burgers in #6 Twisted Root vs #2 Blue Sky to see who goes on to face Spanky's. On the other side of the bracket we have #3 Rosa's vs #2 One Guy From Italy to see who will go toe-to-toe with Chimy's in the semi-finals. Voting will end Monday at noon. #6 Twisted Root vs #2 Blue Sky As I mentioned above, we have the battle of the burgers in this...
Double-T Nation Jul 28, 2015

The Raider Read (7/28): Texas Tech Football Certainties

Can we be sure of anything headed into the season? Using the word certainty when describing a future event can be a ludicrous exercise. At this point last year, I was certain Davis Webb was going to have a huge 2014 season, we had our QB of the future committed in Stidham and Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt's defense would be better in his second season. I wasn't the only Red Raider fan wrong about those "certainties." There were other things I was certain about as well that didn't relate to Tech. I was certain I didn't want to face Trevor Knight at OU for the next few years and TCU...
Double-T Nation Jul 27, 2015

Texas Tech Receives Commitment From Offensive Lineman

Missouri City Offensive Lineman Travis Bruffy commits to the Red Raiders! Texas Tech received their 22nd commit of the 2016 class from Travis Bruffy. He is a 6'8 268 pound offensive lineman from Missouri City (Ridge Point), Texas. His highlights are below. He is a 2-star recruit according to Rivals and 3-star according to 247. He is the third OL commit of the 2016 class. Wreck 'em! #GunsUp #WreckEm16 pic.twitter.com/CGWCCeNrdQ — Travis Bruffy (@bruffytravis) July 28, 2015
Double-T Nation Jul 27, 2015

We Got Us A QB For 2017

Xavier Martin of Cibolo Steele has committed to the Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Tech pulled in a new QB recruit today in Xavier Martin of Cibolo Steele. #GunsUp ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/Vak0XKos7P — Xavier Martin (@Thexaviermartin) July 27, 2015 The Junior QB can literally do it all, he's played most offensive skill positions, but looks most comfortable when he's just making it up as he goes. Either way, this is a solid pickup for the Red Raiders.
Double-T Nation Jul 27, 2015

Texas Tech Basketball Will Be Improved This Season

A young team last season, Texas Tech basketball should improve based on experience alone. I know all of the focus has been on the rapidly approaching football season recently (PS - we are only 38 days away from college football season starting), but I wanted to take one look at the basketball team as I think Tubby's plan is finally starting to come together. I believe we should see a marked improvement this season. Last year's team was really young but gain valuable experience as the season went along. Players lost to graduation: Rob Turner, Clark Lammert & Luke Adams Players lost to...
Double-T Nation Jul 24, 2015

Texas Tech's Recruiting Class Is Strong

With 21 commits on board, this recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best to come to Lubbock. As I was reading Drew's recruiting roundup article yesterday, I scrolled to the bottom of the article through the list of 2016 commits I thought "I love the class this staff is putting together." I even wrote that in the comments section of the article, which subsequently gave me the idea to further explain why I like this class so much. First of all, I love the balance of the class and I mean balanced in a couple of different ways. From a position standpoint, there are multiple...
Double-T Nation Jul 23, 2015

Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 7/23

This week I take a look at the Red Raiders two newest commits along with another potential recruit. After a few weeks of no commitments, the Red Raiders landed two this week. The 2016 recruiting class now sits at a strong 21 commits and believe it or not the majority of those commits are on the defensive side of the ball. It's great to see Gibbs getting the guys he wants and now has 11 guys to play for him in the future. This week I'll check out the two newest defensive commits along with another possible defensive recruit for the Red Raiders. Nick McCann | 6'2", 290 lbs | Defensive...
Double-T Nation Jul 23, 2015

Texas Tech Visual History: Gerald Myers

The Visual look at the Texas Tech career of Gerald Myers! Monday's History Lesson was on former basketball player, head coach, and Athletic Director Gerald Myers. I tried to find some video of each facet of his career at Tech. I did find videos, but due to copyright laws I cannot post pictures. However, I can advocate for you to look them up yourselves! This quick video showcases the entirety of Gerald's tenure at Texas Tech. What I liked best of this video was at the beginning showing him in his playing days. This video shows Gerald discussing part of the Jones AT&T Stadium expansion....
Double-T Nation Jul 23, 2015

Support Texas Tech Athletes No Matter What

The news from yesterday and a new season approaching got me thinking........ I am sure most of you have heard about that a member of the football program was involved in a serious car accident. Kyle Heffron, the Red Raider deep snapper, was rushed to the hospital yesterday morning after a crash near University and the Marsha Sharp Freeway. The good news is he will make a full recover from his injuries based on Coach Kingsbury's statement from yesterday. "We continue to gather information on Kyle's accident this morning and obviously our primary concern is his health and well-being," he...
Double-T Nation Jul 22, 2015

Houses of the Friendlies - Texas Tech

Jonathan takes a break at looking at enemies this week, and takes a look at a facility closer to home Over the past couple months, we've seen various stadiums, arenas, and fields from around the Big 12 and other teams we play. Looking at the history and statistics of other stadiums provides great information, but how do these facilities stack up against ours? Back in the good ole days (2014) when you could play a college football video game, one of the recruiting tactics was to schedule visits so the recruit could fall in love with your school. Even though this is in a video game, there is...
Double-T Nation Jul 22, 2015

Texas Tech Adds A Defensive Lineman Commit

Austin Deshay from Pflugerville commits to the Red Raiders! Austin Deshay, a strongside defensive end, committed to Tech late yesterday evening. That makes two high school defensive line commits in one day and a total of six defensive lineman in the 2016 class up to this point. Deshay is from Pflugerville, TX and attends Hendrickson High School. He is listed at 6'4, 230 and is rated as a 2-star by Rivals and a 3-star by 247. His junior year highlights are below.  Based on his film he has a nice frame with plenty of room to add weight. I am impressed with his ability to bullrush the...
Double-T Nation Jul 22, 2015

Is The Big 12 Championship Realistic?

Can Tech turn it around next season? Don Williams at the Lubbock AJ wrote an article on how Texas Tech should strive to replicate TCU's rise to prominence in the Big 12. The article got me wondering how realistic a turnaround of that magnitude would be for Tech this season. I went back and looked at TCU's path from their inaugural Big 12 season to last season to compare it to Tech's path from Kingsbury's first season to 2015. There are definitely some similarities. In their inaugural Big 12 season of 2012, TCU went 7-5 in the regular season. The Horned Frogs had an up and down season,...

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