Aug 30, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury on the sidelines in the game against the Central Arkansas Bears at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Raiders will take their show on the road to take on the UTEP Minors Saturday Night in El Paso, Texas. The offense struggled early on against Division Two foe Central Arkansas last Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas for the home opener. The Offense was able to put up 42 points and 636 yards of offense which is the Red Raiders staple. This team is know for racking up the yards and putting points on the board.
As far as their defense there are plenty of questions. This team allowed an FCS opponent to stay with them stride for stride until late in the game. The hope was that Tech would be able to put some distance between them and their opponent to allow their young guys to get some beneficial playing time but that never came to fruition. Up until 5:38 left in the game it was a close one. Sophomore quarterback Davis Webb hit his receiver Bradley Marquez on a 27 yard pass to put some distance between them. Central Arkansas would pull within a score at 2:57 left but it was too little too late.
This defense is young and they lost players the likes of Dartwan Bush and Will Smith who were crucial for this defense in 2013. They are obviously a young defense and the early loss of nose tackle Rika Levi didn’t help matters. The 6’2″ 367 pound defender is a load of a man and he can reek havoc on the offensive line when healthy. His status for the game is uncertain but this team hopes he can play against UTEP. The Red Raiders defense spent too much time on the field Saturday night. The Bears offense put together scoring drives of 18, 12, 14 and 15 plays which resulted in two touchdowns and two field goals with Levi on the sideline.
In their opening game the Miners didn’t necessarily blow the doors off the joint either. They beat the New Mexico Lobos 31-24. The Lobos haven’t been playing at a competitive level in recent memory. However the Miners running back duo had their way with the New Mexico defense. Aaron Jones and Nathan Jeffrey combined for 321 rushing yards at a jaw-dropping 8.9 yards per carry. If Levi is indeed out Saturday night then Sam Eguavoen and this linebacker crew better come ready to plug some holes.
Even with the questions on defense I will take the Red Raiders to win this contest 45-38.