Texas Tech will drop in Big 12 race
The metrics reveal some weaknesses in the Red Raiders' offensive attack
The early portion of the college football season has its share of schedule testing grounds, but this is the time of year when the docket of opponents starts to sort out the truly strong teams from those that don't quite pass muster.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are about to go through that kind of test. As of this moment, they are a top-10 team with a 7-0 record, highlighted by a 4-0 Big 12 mark, good for first place in the conference.
Impressive as that start is, the beginning of the Red Raiders' schedule pales in comparison to the last five games, including three matchups against teams currently ranked in the top 20 (at No. 15 Oklahoma, versus No. 19 Oklahoma State and versus No. 8 Baylor).
Texas Tech's offense will have to hit on all cylinders during this stretch, as each upcoming opponent has averaged 30 or more points per game in contests against BCS conference-caliber competition so far this year.
Offensive prowess is the Red Raiders' specialty but will they be able to keep up that kind of pace while being led by a freshman quarterback (Davis Webb)?
The metrics and game-tape review have a lot to say about this, and the conclusion may not sit well in Lubbock.
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