2006 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 Texas Tech Red Raiders season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Schedule. If you are betting on college football games use Maddux Sports' expert College football picks for the added insurance over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to bookmark our free college football lines service for this NCAA season.

Coach: Mike Leach (7th year at Texas Tech)
Team Name: Red Raiders
2005 Overall Record: 9-2
2005 Big 12 Conference Record 6-2
Returning Starters: 13

Sophomore QB Graham Harrell will carry on the Texas Tech tradition when he becomes the fifth starting quarterback that the Raiders have fielded in 5 years. But the team is not concerned, it seems as though whoever plays that position for a year excels. You see, each of those seasons the club led the nation in pass offense.

At running back, Shannon Woods and Taurance Rawls will attempt to make up for the void created by the departure of versatile scoring machine Taurean Henderson. Helping them will be a fine offensive line that has all but one starter returning.

Tech scored an average of 39.4 PPG in 2005, while giving up only 18.8 PPG. Last season, they were ranked fifteenth nationally on pass defense. But the secondary is depleted and may struggle this year.

On the line, Seth Nitschmann and Dek Bake will be welcomed back after season-ending injuries sidelined them in 2005. Keyunta Dawson, an immense playmaker, moves from rush end to outside linebacker this season. If the transition works, the linebacking corps could be dominant.

Important conference games against Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oklahoma will define this team and their season. Taking it to those clubs could put Texas Tech in a prominent bowl game.

Texas Tech Red Raiders 2006 Schedule

Sep 2
Sep 9
Sep 16
Sep 23
SE Louisiana
Sep 30
Texas A&M
Oct 7
Oct 14
Oct 21
Iowa State
Oct 28
Nov 4
Nov 11
Nov 18
Oklahoma State


For more data on the 2006 Texas Tech football program, view the Red Raiders team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the Big 12 competition.


2006 Big 12 Football Previews

For the team previews on all of the Big Twelve football teams, find the team you are interested in and click the link below. For other universities not in the Big 12 visit the main 2006 NCAA football preview page.

Main Big 12 Conference Preview Page

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