The 2018 Ole Miss football season is now very close so Ole Hotty Toddy is bringing you the 2018 week-one preview of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Week-one is finally here Ole Miss football will kickoff its 2018 season this Saturday in Houston, Texas. The Rebels will be taking on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in a Big12/SEC showdown between two very similar teams. The Red Raiders are coming off a 6-7 which ended with a loss in the Birmingham Bowl to South Florida. Texas Tech has a very potent offense which can put up a lot of points. When it comes to the defense the Red Raiders are very talented and experienced.
The Rebels enter the matchup coming off a 6-6 season which ended with a 31-28 Egg Bowl win over No.14 ranked Miss State. Ole Miss fans have been ready to see the Longo offense line-up in action to see what they can do. Well the Red Raiders offer the Rebels a very formidable opponent. This will be a good match-up for the NWO and All-American wide-receiver AJ Brown. Texas Tech boasts a good secondary which while allowing 282.2 yards per game and 33 TDs had 14 INTs in 2017.
2018 is a season where coach Phil Longo and the Ole Miss offense hope to see a more effective rushing game. Once again, the Red Raiders defense is also loaded with experienced talent on the defensive line and at the second level. In 2017 Texas Tech allowed 161.6 yards per game on the ground with a 4.3 yards per carry average. The Red Raiders defense forced 16 fumbles last season while also posting 18 sacks and 54 TFL in 2017. This defense will be fired up in front of a big Texas Tech crowd so this could be a tough test for the Rebels offense.
Also similar to Ole Miss is the offense of Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have a huge, talented and experienced offensive line. Tech has a very strong passing game and hope to establish a better rushing game this season. 2018 is indeed a new season but if 2017 is any kind of indicator we know what to expect. In 2017 the Red Raiders offense had 6,170 yards of total offense with 1,832 yards coming on the ground and scored 19 rushing TDs. Thru the air the Red Raiders accounted for 4,338 yards, 333.7 yards per game, while scoring 35 TDs.