Texas Tech (2-0) will conclude its non-conference football schedule against New Mexico (1-1) on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for six o’clock from Jones AT&T stadium. The Red Raiders are a 33.5 point favorite.
This should not be much of a game. The New Mexico Lobos are just a really bad football team. So, Seth Doege and the rest of the Texas Tech offense should be able to have their way with the Lobo defense. It is unlikely that anyone will learn much about the Texas Tech offense from watching this game.
The only potentially interesting match-up might be between the option offense of the Lobos and the Texas Tech defense. Obviously, it is a real stretch to call this match-up of offense versus defense interesting. Texas Tech will have superior athletes to New Mexico. Although it might serve as a good test of how well the Tech defense understands their new schemes and how well they can play assignment football.
Overall, Texas Tech should have a big night and get some valuable experience and confidence. The Red Raiders still will not have an opportunity to show whether or not they will be a good team this season. This should be the third straight win over the third straight over matched opponent.
Once they get past New Mexico, Tech can look forward to being tested. Going into conference play, the Red Raiders already know they have a good enough offense to win. The question that will define their season is how good their defense is. It is unlikely that a win over New Mexico will shed any light how good this team will ultimately be.
Prediction: Texas Tech will score early and often in this one. Coach Tommy Tuberville should have plenty of opportunities to play second and third team players. Look for New Mexico to possibly score some points late, once the game has been decided and the Red Raiders take out their starters.
Final Score: Texas Tech 55 New Mexico 14