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 Gatorsports.com preseason poll of the top teams in college football.
No. 20 TEXAS TECH
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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