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All eyes on new HC Joey McGuire

The excitement surrounding Joey McGuire’s first season in Lubbock is growing by the day.

Texas Tech gained national attention when they fired former head coach Matt Wells midway through last season, but hiring McGuire was overwhelmingly called a success. Although this will be McGuire’s first season in a major role as a college coach, his immediate success in recruiting and on the transfer portal is cause for optimism.

Texas Tech has a busy schedule outside of the conference, facing two top-25 caliber teams in Houston and NC State. That doesn’t give the Red Raiders much time to make a decision at quarterback — where Donovan Smith, Tyler Shough and Behren Morton all have a case for being named the starter. The Red Raiders open Big 12 and play rival Texas Longhorns on September 24 in Lubbock.

There are many questions and unknowns surrounding this year’s Texas Tech Football Team. But while certain things are still afoot, there’s plenty to get excited about Red Raiders 2022.

Texas Tech fact book

head coach: Joey McGuire (first season as Texas Tech head coach, 0-0 career record as college head coach)

Record 2021: 7-6 (3-6 big 12)

Bowl result: Defeated Mississippi State, 34-7, in the Liberty Bowl

Offense 2021: 416.5 yards per game (257.2 ypg passing, 159.2 ypg rushing) | 30.3 ppg

Defense 2021: 404.8 yards per game (267.5 ypg passing, 137.4 ypg rushing) | 30.2 ppg

Recurring Starters (Off/Def): 8/7

Pre-Season Big 12 Media Poll: 9.

Preseason All-Big 12 Selections: 0

fan guide

Five must follow Twitter accounts for Texas Tech fans:

@TechHoopsGuy – Don’t let the name fool you; TechHoopsGuy is the best source for advanced metrics and betting data for all Texas Tech sports

@BenjaminGolan – For the six days of the week that Texas Tech is off the field, Golan has you covered with the Red Raiders’ recruiting gold.

@AJ_DonWilliams – As one of Texas Tech’s longest-serving beat writers, Don Williams remains a must-read for all things soccer.

@robbreauxshow – Rob regularly provides well-informed and comedic sports coverage of Texas Tech. Don’t miss his podcast, Gambling gauchos.

@RCMB323 – RC offers Texas Tech coverage from an endless source. Its content is engaging, up-to-date and educated.

Best Saturday Tailgate Locations: Raider Alley is giving up its reputation as a shy and boring tailgate spot. With performances by well-known artists such as DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) and Wake Flocka Flame over the past year, Raider Alley has become a must-attend student hangout. Alumni can head to Chimy’s on Broadway before kickoff for cold drinks and fine dining.

Best place for a post-game bite: If this is your first time in Lubbock, or your first trip in a while, a visit to Spanky’s for some fried cheese is a must. If you’re looking for something with less game day traffic, Dirk’s Chicken on 13th Street has become one of my favorite spots in town.

Best match day tradition to join in: There’s nothing quite like throwing a tortilla onto the field at Jones AT&T Stadium. It’s one of the most notable traditions in Texas Tech fandom and a necessity for any true Red Raider.

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