Top 25 teams: No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 7:03 p.m.

This is the sixth in a 25-part series exploring the preseason poll of the top teams in college football.


2008 record: 11-2

Returning starters offense/defense: 4/7

Strength: Coach Mike Leach, who appears set to lead an overhaul now that his contract is settled. Leach has become a yearly candidate for a big-time job.

Weakness: Offense. Texas Tech loses the bulk of its offensive line, a star quarterback (Graham Harrell) and a superstar receiver (Michael Crabtree).

Biggest star: Defensive tackle Richard Jones. He had a strong spring and took over a leadership role along the interior after pumping his weight 15 pounds to 285.

Rising star: Senior split end Edward Britton is expected to follow in Crabtree's footsteps as a top receiver.

Toughest game: Sept. 19 at Texas. The Longhorns will be after some payback after getting knocked out of the BCS title game bid by the Red Raiders last year (39-33).

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